Category: Long Term Care

The Burden of the Caregiving Spouse

By Rick Law, Medicaid crisis planning attorney and estate planner at the Elder Law firm of Law Elder Law in Western Chicagoland in IL. An often overlooked aspect of Alzheimer’s disease is the burden placed on caregiving spouses, who often need care themselves later. We once had a client whose husband had Alzheimer’s disease and […]

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The Mythology of Medicaid

By Elder Law and Estate Planning attorney Rick Law of the Estate Planning Center at Law Elder Law. Senior advocates in Aurora, Illinois. Most people believe that Medicaid is only for the really poor members of society and that they will never use Medicaid. There is a stigma attached to Medicaid in many people’s minds […]

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Medicare Versus Medicaid

By Elder Law Attorney and Senior Estate Planner Rick Law, managing partner at the Estate Planning Center of Law Elder Law in west suburban Aurora, IL. Medicare is the federal medical insurance plan for senior citizens and individuals with disabilities, but Medicare does not cover the kind of long-term care that those inflicted with Alzheimer’s […]

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Medicare and Long-Term Care For Seniors

By Rick Law. Lead Attorney at the Estate Planning Center of Law Elder Law in the West Suburban Aurora, IL.  Serving Seniors and their Families in DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Will, DeKalb and Cook Counties in Illinois. Medicare does not care about in-home care, assisted-living care, or nursing home care. There are no Medicare reimbursement codes […]

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The Marriage of Technology and Alzheimer’s Caregiving: Staying Safely at Home Longer

 By Attorney Rick Law, managing partner at the Estate Planning Center of Law Elder Law in West Suburban Chicagoland. The Oaks, a United Methodist Continuous Care Retirement Community, is located in Orangeburg, near Charleston, South Carolina. What attracted us was the exciting work being done there to give people diagnosed with dementia the ability to live […]

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The Four Different Levels of Care

By Elder Law Attorney Rick Law.  Senior Advocate and Managing Partner at the Estate Planning Center at Law Elder Law in West Suburban Aurora, Illinois. The very basic level of care is called “routine level of care”, which is the absolute minimum that Medicare expects a hospice to do.  That’s the very basic level of […]

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Surprising Truths Within Hospice Care

By  Attorney Rick Law, Managing Partner at the Estate Planning Center of Law Elder Law in the Western Chicago suburb of Aurora, IL. Carolyn Peterson is an RN who has worked as a nurse for 43 years. Seventeen years ago, she began to focus exclusively in the area of hospice care. She works for an […]

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Is Your Estate Plan a Life Plan or a Death Plan?

By Rick L. Law of the Estate Planning Center at Law Elder Law in suburban Aurora, IL Over the years, I have learned to distinguish between traditional estate planning (a Death Plan) versus longevity planning (a Life Plan). The traditional estate plan is triggered into action by someone’s death. An eldercare estate plan, while being […]

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Did You Serve During Wartime? The Answer Might Surprise You!

By Rick Law of Law Elder Law in West Suburban Aurora, IL Many people think the dates for “periods of war” are much narrower than they actually are. Since part of the requirements for the Aid and Attendance benefit for Veterans over age 65 require that you or your veteran spouse served 90 days of […]

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A Major Crash on the Retirement Road: 24/7 Care

By Rick Law of the Estate Planning Center at Law Elder Law in Aurora, IL off of the I-88 tollway Emily and John did not even make to retirement before they had to switch gears from happy young couple with three sons to a family in crisis.  John had begun to show signs of extreme […]

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Our Reviews

“We would be lost without Law Elder Law! We walked in their doors over a year ago feeling lost and confused. With a father/father-in-law suffering from Alzheimer’s, we were overwhelmed by the Medicaid process, selling his home, protecting the assets he worked for his entire life, and finding him a memory-care facility that we could trust as his new home. 

Law Elder Law helped with all of it! From the minute we walked out of our first meeting, we knew we (and he) were in good hands. We could not have possibly navigated all that had to be done without their expertise.”

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