The needs of a loved one in a nursing home care can be overwhelming. You have to worry about the medical problems that made it necessary for a nursing home. That person may need extra love or attention acclimating to a new environment. The nursing home facility will need you to help educate them on caring for your loved one. Perhaps you have to worry about adjusting to life without a loved one at home or helping someone else with that adjustment. On top of all of that, you may start hearing about Medical Assistance and the massive bills of nursing home care costs each month. Does that mean in addition to dealing with all of these other issues, you should bring an attorney into the mix? The short answer is yes. An elder law attorney with knowledge of medical assistance can help with some of the work required in an application, explain to you what your family’s options are, and help preserve assets to care for your family, putting your interests first.

Medical assistance applications are lengthy and time-consuming. Obtaining information for the application often remains the family’s responsibility due to privacy reasons, but putting it all together is another lengthy step. An attorney can take the lead on the paperwork and information required for this process. With the right experience, they can anticipate items that the applicant will need to successfully apply for medical assistance. They can serve as a point of contact with the Department of Social Services during the approval process. An attorney is also interested in getting your loved one qualified for medical assistance and maximizing the funds kept for use by the family.

Medical assistance eligibility determinations are based on financial resources, income, and medical need. An attorney can explain this process to you and advise your family about how to financially qualify, by minimizing the funds your family spends on the nursing home and maximizing the funds that go towards other things that help your family’s financial status. Well-meaning government organizations and facilities often know when someone qualifies for medical assistance, but they are not positioned to put your other financial concerns ahead of the question of eligibility. A skilled attorney will work hard to qualify to get the best financial result for you.

There are many people that you interact with in nursing home settings with relation to paying for your loved one’s care or qualifying them for medical assistance. Some of them work for the nursing home. Some of them work for the government. They may offer to help, but their job isn’t to protect your interests. An Elder Law Attorney skilled in Medical Assistance law is the only person who works for solely for you. It’s an attorney’s job to make sure that your loved ones in need of nursing home care gets the care they need while protecting the money you family worked so hard for.

Hiring Attorney Dennis M. Twigg to discuss and provide expert advice is a great decision in ensuring you know all of your legal options in case you or your loved one should have a serious health issue. He has a wealth of experience in Carroll County courts and has helped folks throughout the area including Westminster, Eldersburg, Taneytown, Manchester, Sykesville and Mt. Airy. Dennis M. Twigg is also licensed in Pennsylvania and has many clients York County and Adams County.

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