Public Benefits: Can I Do It Myself?

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Public Benefits: Can I Do It Myself? Contributed by: Danielle M. Marvel, Elder Law Department Manager

Occasionally we meet a client who is brave enough to ask us if they can file for Long Term Care Medicaid or Veteran’s Aid & Attendance on their own. We suspect it is on the tip of most client’s tongues. The short answer: yes, you can. The beginning of the application process for either benefit would be comparable to applying for a highly sought-after new job; the applicant would be nervous, want to do it right, want it to go well, but not know...

Let's Talk About Shoes

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Let’s Talk About Shoes

Contributed by: Amy Clark, BSN, RN, CDP, Clinical Director at Silver Lining Home Healthcare

Our feet take a beating, and as we age, there are many changes in our feet that affect what shoes we can wear. As the foot ages, the arches fall, the fat pads go away, and we get bunions and corns and hammertoes. Many people suffer from plantar fasciitis, poor circulation, thick toenails, and loss of sensation in their feet. All of these foot problems can make you want to throw away your fashionable shoes and opt for what some might...

Something Worth Protecting

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Something Worth Protecting Contributed by: Taylor White, Estate Planning Coordinator

As far back as I can remember, I was taught the value of hard work, the value of a dollar, and the value of integrity. Those values have grown in importance as I age. Most of us will work hard to provide for ourselves and, maybe even our loved ones, for the majority of our adult lives. Most of us hope to realize that true success and fulfillment is about living a great lifestyle. It’s about being healthy, spending time with the right people, enjoying the moment and experiencing a...

Becoming Your Parent’s Caregiver: Relationship Tips for Adult Children

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Becoming Your Parent’s Caregiver: Relationship Tips for Adult Children Contributed by Delaware Hospice

Human nature dictates that we often experience child-parent struggles. The blurring of identities as our parents advance in age and we become their caregivers frequently intensifies these struggles. This can create tremendous strain on our ability to manage the day-to-day stresses of these new roles. But there are some relatively simple ways to handle the changes in your relationship with your parents and make the transition easier on you both.

Stop and count to 10

Simply stopping and counting to 10 before responding to your parent...

Do You Have a Blind Spot?

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Do You Have a Blind Spot? Contributed by: Marie T. Chin, Asset Alignment Coordinator

We are passionate about creating estate plans that work. You might think that having an estate plan that works requires a relationship with an estate planning firm, or a stack of thorough and up to date estate planning documents, and although that’s all true, what is equally if not more important is maintaining accurate financial records of assets with your estate planning firm.

When we introduce this coaching, we often hear feedback to the tune of, ‘I already have a financial advisor.’ We completely understand, and...