Many older adults are facing aging alone. Termed “elder orphans,” nearly 1/3 of all 45-to-63-year-olds are single (either never married or are now divorced). There is also a growing number of “solo-agers,” or older adults without children, living alone. Currently, about 29% (13.3 million) of non-institutionalized older persons live alone. The majority of those are women (9.2 million, vs. 4.1 million men).
More troubling, there are many older adults that have not identified a potential caregiver, and many of them have no identifiable friends or family members to lean on.
Having a negligible support system leaves many older adults vulnerable to subpar care and financial exploitation. Care partners for older adults and for adults with disabilities take on a multitude of tasks including caring for the home, bill paying, hiring long-term care providers, coordinating with medical providers, managing medications, handling health insurance decisions, overseeing nutrition and transportation issues, and much, much more. When necessary, many care partners become the financial and/or healthcare agents, making decisions for the older or disabled adult.
“What do I do if I have no one to name in my POA? Who can make decisions for me if I have no one?”
The Aging Ally is a service offered by Hurley Elder Care Law to help older adults in Georgia age with a safety net. Intended to provide extra support to older adults that do not have a designated healthcare and/or financial agent, Hurley Elder Care Law can now step into that role, becoming a hired advocate and decision-maker when necessary.
Our team of professionals can become the client’s healthcare and/or financial agent, providing decision-making services, oversight of healthcare and financial affairs, and protection of financial and physical well-being.
You Don’t Have to Age Alone
There are many reasons why an older adult may need additional support from a family member, friend, or hired professional. The complex long-term care world, declining physical and cognitive abilities, and overwhelming medical issues may require an advocate or care partner to secure the best outcomes.
Those who age alone or without a high level of support are at higher risk for medical problems, cognitive decline and premature death. Why not age with the assistance of a team of professionals that identifies your needs, coordinates services to help you and advocates for your care? Hurley Elder Care Law can stand beside you as you navigate the complex process of aging.
Who Needs an Aging Ally?
Most older adults have family and friends to help them. In fact, according to the Institute on Aging, “sixty-five percent of older adults with long-term care needs rely exclusively on family and friends to provide assistance.” Someone may be a good fit for the Aging Ally services if:
- He is unmarried or widowed with no children.
- She is aging without the support of family members.
- Any adult children are spread out across the country and not readily available.
- Any adult children are uninvolved or estranged.
- He prefers enlisting a neutral party in order to keep peace and tranquility within the family.
- She is concerned about burdening your family with the responsibility of care.
- He has outlived his relatives and friends.
- Her spouse is in poor health, and she is concerned about his well-being if she were to die before him.
- He is concerned that heirs would consider their needs before his when making decisions about care.
- She feels overwhelmed by the process of planning for future care needs and would like assistance from a comprehensive firm that has over 100 years of combined experience.
What Services Can Hurley Elder Care Law Provide?
Every client will receive a tailored service package designed to meet his/her needs. After a thorough assessment, we customize each plan so that we have the level of involvement that is needed in any given situation. This is not a one-size fits all program. We want to find the right size for you and your specific needs. The Aging Ally services can include:
- Estate Planning (e.g., updated Advance Directives, Powers of Attorney, Wills, and/or Trusts)
- Asset Protection Planning to maximize our client’s resources
- Care Coordination Services (an initial assessment and on-going involvement by our licensed staff)
- Surrogate Decision-Making, if/when needed by our team
- Hiring and Oversight of Other Helping Professionals(e.g., CNAs, Geriatric Care Managers, etc.)
- Bill Paying, if/when needed
- Long-Term Care Placement in the least-restrictive environment that meets both financial and medical needs
- and more…
If you are interested in learning more about Hurley Elder Care Law’s Aging Ally services, please contact our office in order to make an appointment with one of our Certified Elder Law Attorneys (CELA). We begin each relationship with a phone call and an in-person assessment with our team. You can reach us at (404) 843-0121 or through our website contact page.