Young person holding elderly person's hand in Seminole, FL

Many people take for granted their youth and their family. As we get older, we lose our loved ones who may move away or who may die before us. People inevitably die: parents, spouses, children, and friends. Sometimes this death leaves behind an elderly person who is scared, alone, and just wants to go home to their comfortable surroundings. This scenario is much more prevalent than many people think.

Visiting a client in a rehabilitation or nursing home facility when they have no one left to visit them is heartbreaking. Thankfully, there are many volunteers who spend numerous hours visiting these facilities but the hours are never enough.

Our job as attorneys is not only to give legal advice but to also lend that additional compassion to the elderly client who is now alone. We encourage clients to have an open dialogue with us and to discuss anything that may be troubling them. We encourage clients to reach out to extended family for a little help and emotional support. The comfort clients receive knowing someone cares and is there for them lowers their anxiety and fears.

We also recommend couples and families to take advantage of long-term care & family planning conferences. These conferences discuss Medicaid planning and veterans’ benefits. The conference helps ensure your legal documents comply with the current Florida Laws. Unfortunately, many powers of attorney do not comply with the current Florida law passed in 2011 and should be updated as soon as possible.

On occasion, as attorneys, we must fill this void for clients. It is a service we provide to clients who may have no family to rely on or their family may live so far away that they do not feel they are dependable enough. We never want to see an elderly client alone with no support from family or friends. That might be what distinguishes us from other attorneys. We do our best to treat you the way we would want to be treated if we were in your situation—with compassion and patience.

Use the resources our office has for you and your family. Call (727) 397-4768 today for a long-term care & family planning conference.