Long Island elder law attorneys provide representation to people who are coping with serious medical issues. If you have been diagnosed with a debilitating illness or if you are concerned about the rising risk of developing serious illness as you get older, you should talk with Mark S. Eghrari & Associates PLLC to find out how you can control what happens to you at the end of your life and to find out about ways to protect your legacy.
When a health issue does develop, it is not just the individual who is actually diagnosed with the illness or an injury who will face serious challenges. Caregivers, who are often close family members, can experience financial, physical and emotional stress as a result of providing help and support to a sick loved one. Being a caregiver can be a demanding and thankless job, and anyone who is in the position of caregiver should make certain to understand what types of programs and services are available that can provide help.
Mark S. Eghrari & Associates PLLC will offer assistance to caregivers in understanding resource programs available and in securing benefits. Our firm can also help caregivers to take appropriate legal actions, such as initiating guardianship proceedings if the person who is sick or hurt has become incapacitated without a power of attorney that specifies who should act on his behalf. To find out more about the ways in which our Long Island elder attorneys can help, give us a call today.
Support for Caregivers of Elderly Seniors
“Caregiving for a loved one can provide personal satisfaction, but it can also be stressful,” as the official website for Nassau County, Long Island states. Caregivers can become stressed and isolated while they are providing help to those who need it, especially if the person who is being cared for is no longer able to communicate in meaningful ways.
Caregivers likely will need emotional support to cope with the demands of caregiving and with the stress of a loved one being sick. They may also need physical support in the form of someone stepping in to provide care for the patient so the caregiver has some time to himself. Huffington Post identifies some of the different possible sources of support for caregivers, including Medicaid stipends available in some locations to caregivers, veterans’ aid benefits, and tax deductions for claiming the family member you are caring for as a dependent on your tax returns.
The types of support will vary by program. While Medicaid can provide financial support to those with low-incomes, veterans’ benefits available for former service members and their families can help with not only financial assistance but also with providing physical care. Financial help can be available though programs like Aid & Attendance, which increases a pension payout for soldiers who are bedridden or who have other serious limitations. Caregiver respite programs and adult daycare can also provide the help a caregiver needs.
These are just a few of many different potential resources, and eligibility will vary. Nassau County, Long Island also provides details on other types of supports available for caregivers, including some free support programs. The Nassau County Office on Aging can provide guidance to caregivers and access to a “comprehensive database of practical resources to assist individuals and their caregivers with their long-term care decisions.”
There are also support groups addressing particular issues, such as a group for caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients add a Family Caregiver Alliance for those who provide support and care for relatives. You can access different websites of interest to caregivers directly from the Nassau County caregivers page.
Getting Help from Long Island Elder Law Attorneys
Long Island elder law attorneys support individuals and families coping with the impact of illness, disability and aging. When you are making plans to enhance your quality of life, stay health, protect your loved ones and keep your assets safe, you need to be prepared for whatever life brings you. Our firm can help.
Mark S. Eghrari & Associates PLLC guides individuals in exploring benefits available to them due to health status, service record, age, and other factors. We also help caregivers of those who were sick to get the support they need to care for their loved ones in the best way possible. To find out more about the assistance that we can offer, join us for a free seminar. You can also give us a call at (631) 265-0599 or contact us online to talk with an experienced member of our legal team.