Financial & Legal Issues

A person has choices they can make and guides to help in the planning for medical care in the event of loss of decision-making ability.  Both links below will help answer questions and provide you with the toosl for decision making.

Advance Directives

Changes and Choices 2014

Variance among probate courts

Ombudsman Program Fact Sheet

 

PROTECTING SENIORS!

The Senior Brigade, is an initiative from the State Attorney General’s office designed to educate older adults in Michigan and to spread information about scams, financial exploitation and more. Visit: Senior Brigade  for up to date information and events, or to schedule a presentation in your area call: 1-877-765-8388.

Elder Abuse in the Community?

Elder Abuse continues to grow in Michigan.  80,000 Michigan elders fall victim to some form of abuse each year.  In 2010, Adult Protective Services received 19,000 calls reporting abuse.  Unfortunately 70% of abusers are from trusted ones and Michigan’s high rate of unemployment is fueling financial exploitation of the elderly. If you, or a loved one believe you have fallen victim to elder abuse please contact Michigan Adult Protective Services Centralized Intake at 1-855-444-3911 and your local police department.

Problems in Nursing Homes?

If you are concerned about the treatment of a loved one in a long-term care setting please contact Lakeshore Legal Aide’s Ombudsman at at 1-866-552-2889 or the Legal Hotline For Michigan Seniors at 1-800-347-5297 for free assistance.

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Although 70% of people currently living in a skilled nursing facility (nursing home) are funded by the Medicaid program, others pay the estimated $65,000-$72,000 years out of pocket. Having someone come into your home averages about $25 hour. If you are wondering how you will pay for long term care, click here:  How to pay for long term care.