An elder law attorney at Frank & Kraft can provide help to seniors who want to find the right care facility where they’ll have the highest possible quality of life. Many older people end up spending some of their time in a nursing home during their senior years. Unfortunately, not all nursing homes are created equal. While there are high-quality nursing homes that do their best to provide a good life for residents, there are many other care facilities that provide substandard care and do not care about the seniors they are supposed to be providing for and protecting.
Because some senior centers are so much better than others, it’s important to work with an elder law attorney to research care facilities, find one that is right for you, and make a plan to pay for it. As part of your research, you can visit care facilities, read reviews and pay attention to events that take place.
Some nursing homes have great programs for seniors. For example, as the Chicago Tribune reports, a young boy who visited a nursing home named after his grandmother brought holiday cheer to residents of one nursing home by visiting with gifts.
Young Boy Brightens Holiday for Nursing Home Residents
According to the Chicago Tribune, the young boy told his mother he wanted to do something special and generous for the holidays. He came up with the idea to go to a nursing home which was named after his grandmother and he and his mother subsequently went and purchased around 300 gifts to take with them on their visit. The boy, who is 13, wrapped the gifts with his mother and they drove from Indianapolis to Gary where they were able to visit with residents of the nursing home.
The nursing home which bears the boy’s grandmother’s name has a total of 143 residents, so each of the residents received two gifts from the presents that the boy and his mother had purchased. In order to be able to afford the gifts, the 13-year-old ran an online fundraiser. He ended up raising $2,000 to fund his efforts.
With the money raised, the boy purchased a number of items for the residents of the nursing care facility, including scarves, blankets, socks, gloves, and ear muffs. When interviewed for the Chicago Tribune, the boy commented: “It makes me feel great to give all these people something for Christmas.”
The young boy had not actually met his grandmother who the nursing home was named after. She was a state legislator and she passed away in 1990 at the age of 57 from cancer. She was both a state representative and a state senator and was credited with authoring legislation that brought casino gaming to Gary. While the boy had never met her, he indicated that he understood the impact that she made and wanted to help keep her memory alive.
For the residents of the nursing home bearing her name, his efforts made the holiday season a little merrier — not just because of the gifts but also because the facility residents enjoyed having a young person to visit with them around the holiday season.
Getting Help from an Elder Law Attorney
It is best to plan ahead and make sure you do your research into nursing homes before you get sick so you and your loved ones are not left scrambling to find a care facility when something happens and you can’t live independently any more. Planning ahead also gives you the ability to make a plan to pay for care so you won’t end up having to chose a home based on price alone which could potentially mean you’d have to live in a substandard facility.
To find out more about how Frank & Kraft can help you to find a nursing home where you can spend your golden years, join us for a free seminar. You can also give us a call at 317-684-1100 or contact us online at any time to get personalized help getting your nursing home plan underway.
Mr. Kraft assists clients primarily in the areas of estate planning and administration, Medicaid planning, federal and state taxation, real estate and corporate law, bringing the added perspective of an accounting background to his work.