March is Social Work Awareness month and this year’s theme is “Social Workers are Essential.” We couldn’t agree more! We believe in an interdisciplinary approach to estate planning, particularly when it comes to Elder Law, which focuses on the needs and issues that impact seniors.
When you think of social workers, most people think of how they help children or younger families – but that is only one aspect of social work. With seniors, social workers play a similarly vital role to your care.
Here are three reasons why we think #SocialWorkisEssential to Elder Law:
1. Social workers are an advocate for you and your loved one.
Similar to us (your Elder Law attorney), a social worker is an advocate for the elderly and their loved ones. They evaluate your situation and help you develop short- and long-term care plans to meet your specific needs. Social workers also specialize in counseling and case management and are great at connecting patients with the resources they need.
2. They have the know-how to navigate challenging situations.
Social workers are an important partner to have on your side. They have extensive training and know-how to work through the various challenges and stresses that life can throw at you. Social workers are trained to know when to recommend home health care services and can provide counsel on difficult topics, such as end-of-life scenarios. They can also refer you to community services, provide education and so much more. The more open and honest you are with them, the better they can help you navigate through any situation that arises.
3. Teamwork makes the dream work.
It may sound cliche, but it’s true. When you have an interdisciplinary team working together with your best interest at heart, you can see the difference. Your health care advocates and your legal advocates can develop a comprehensive plan that meets your specific needs, ensuring you’re covered from every angle – and that’s exactly what we want.
Our interdisciplinary approach to Elder Law allows us to ensure you or your loved ones are protected and receive the best care possible. With our health care background, we work seamlessly with social workers, nurses, and your entire medical team. Together, we can develop a comprehensive plan that meets your needs legally and financially throughout your long-term care journey, including Medicaid planning, estate planning, and guardianship.
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