What Does Care Navigation in Ohio Entail?
When a loved one is diagnosed with a debilitating condition or disease such as ALS, stroke, COPD, MS, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, or Alzheimer’s, it can be an overwhelming and emotional experience. Noticeable differences in your loved one’s behavior, capacity, or care needs can be jarring for everyone involved. Planning and preparing for the changes and challenges ahead is crucial in these moments.
We recognize you and your loved one may be unsure of your next steps, and you are likely experiencing some anxiety as you seek to envision the future and its accompanying implications and challenges. That is why we have leveraged our decades of experience guiding families through these issues to develop a comprehensive Care Plan that addresses the needs and goals of people with conditions like ALS, stroke, COPD, MS, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, or Alzheimer’s as well as the people who love them.
At Jarvis Law Office, we help you navigate care planning in Ohio, ensuring your loved one experiences appropriate care, support, and dignity throughout their journey.
Care Navigation Services
Power of Attorney for Finances
Your care navigation lawyer will likely recommend a power of attorney for financial and property management. You will name an agent to manage finances if you or your loved one become incapacitated or start needing assistance with these items as some of us do as we age. This person will be able to step into your shoes fully or walk beside you and handle all of the same things that you can when it comes to legal and financial decisions and actions.
With this document in place, your family won’t have to petition the court for a guardianship or conservatorship. In addition, you would then not have to worry about someone you don’t trust stepping in to make the decisions. Instead, you will hand select the person, which promotes a more seamless process and allows you to let them know what your wishes are for the future. Your attorney will discuss this document with you and the importance of naming one or two successor agents in case your first choice isn’t available.
Power of Attorney for Healthcare
Your Ohio care navigation attorney can also help you draft a power of attorney for healthcare. The person you designate will make healthcare decisions on your behalf, including consenting to or refusing medical treatment. You should choose one to two individuals to step in if your preferred agent isn’t available to serve in this role as your healthcare proxy.
Many Ohio residents include a HIPAA release with the durable power of attorney document. This release authorizes your health care agents and anyone else you might want to receive medical information about you. If you don’t have this form, your agent and other family members won’t be able to see the complete picture. Your attorney will discuss these documents with you and advise you on choosing individuals best suited for the role as your healthcare agent.
You can choose what type of medical treatment you’ll receive as you near the end of your life by creating a living will. With this document, you can determine whether physicians can provide life-sustaining treatment. If so, you can also select the type of treatment you’re willing to accept. A living will allows you to control your medical decisions, even when you cannot verbalize them. It also takes the burden off your loved ones. Once this document is in place, loved ones won’t have to worry about making decisions regarding these treatments.
Update Your Estate Plan
Care Navigation also includes updating your estate plan. Your attorney can review your current estate plan to see if you require modifications. It’s essential to have your estate plan fully in place before dementia progresses. If you become legally incapacitated, you won’t be able to modify or revoke any documents. It is wise to take action today with the guidance of an Ohio estate planning attorney to maintain appropriate control over your assets and to provide direction to your decision-makers in the future.
Care Navigation Services
Navigating the path of choices for the future can be overwhelming and even burdensome when you don’t have all the options laid out for you. This is where our Care Navigators/Social Workers come in to provide much needed information, offer and explain options, and coordinate strategies with our legal team to address paying for the options the family has chosen. Our Care Navigation team will assist the family in planning for future care needs, support the family in implementing the plan, and advocate for their loved one according to their desires for quality of life, independence and in alignment with their goals and values.
The care navigator is also there to provide support and education to the family to help ease the impact of the progression of their loved one’s illness. Caregiver self-care, “progress not perfection” and a family and/or “village” focus are vital components of our approach. No one should be a caregiver alone, without support, a break, and the opportunity to recharge, but that is what happens all too often. Caregiver support is key.
Three Goals of Care Navigation
- Focus on a loved one’s good health, safety, and well-being.
- Make dependable decisions regarding a family’s long-term care needs while keeping their goals in mind.
- Offer viable financial solutions in paying for long-term care.
For families of a loved one with special needs, care navigation & planning guides them through important considerations such as guardians, a special needs trust, a summary of our wishes, an ABLE account, SSI/SSDI, Medical Assistance for Workers with Disability (MAWD), and any additional legal tools they should be considering.
Regardless of their situation, care navigation planning offers Ohio families the resources to manage their long-term care options and expenses. From reviewing existing insurance policies to exploring Medicaid eligibility options or filing veterans benefits claims, Jarvis Law Office has the necessary knowledge and experience to help clients identify financial solutions that are right for them. Schedule an appointment with one of our attorneys experienced with dementia, Alzheimer’s, stroke, Parkinson’s, ALS, mobility issues and more at our firm today.
What Care Navigation Planning Entails
To protect what matters most, developing a comprehensive Care Navigation Plan involves identifying critical aspects of your loved one’s life that need careful attention, including:
Preferred living arrangements: Determining the right location for your loved one, whether aging in place, transitioning to an assisted living facility, or moving into a specialized community. Jarvis Law Office offers access to an Care Navigator who acts as a liaison between the family and the care centers.
Healthcare providers: Identifying experienced healthcare providers specializing in conditions like ALS, stroke, COPD, MS, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, or Alzheimer’s care who can deliver optimal support to your loved one. Jarvis Law Office team members will help identify preferred care providers to meet your loved one’s needs and to develop a client-focused care plan to maximize quality of life for your loved one. Your care navigator will also advocate on your loved one’s behalf and coordinate communication among the care professionals involved in that care.
Legal documentation: Developing essential legal tools like advance directives, durable powers of attorney, trusts, and guardian and conservator appointments to ensure your loved one’s medical, financial, and personal decisions are always in the right hands.
From Your Current Home or Assisted Living to Specialized Care
Transitioning a loved one from their current home or an assisted living center to another specialized care environment can be challenging. When you work with Jarvis Law Office, you gain a dedicated social worker for guidance, resources, and advocacy to help you address important care planning considerations. Here are some helpful tips:
- Research care communities and facilities to identify those that meet your loved one’s needs and preferences.
- Visit potential communities, arrange a tour, meet with staff, and observe daily routines.
- Discuss the transition with your loved one or close support system, including the benefits and the importance of specialized care.
- Create a plan for the physical move, paying attention to details that can create a comfortable and familiar environment.
At Jarvis Law Office, our attorneys and care navigators can diligently guide you and your loved one through these anticipated transitions to address your needs and concerns while helping you to prepare for the steps ahead.
Care Navigation — Protecting Families in Ohio
Care Navigation plays a vital role in ensuring the health, well-being, and legacy of those facing challenges such as ALS, COPD, MS, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, or Alzheimer’s or the impact of stroke or other neurological diagnoses.
Understanding that no two individuals or families are the same, we take a personalized approach to Care Navigation planning to fulfill your loved one’s specific needs while maintaining their quality of life. Our compassionate professionals work closely with Ohio families to develop a custom plan that addresses various aspects—from legal and financial matters to healthcare decisions and choosing the right care center.
Jarvis Law Office understands the emotional and practical challenges faced by families grappling with conditions like ALS, stroke, COPD, MS, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, or Alzheimer’s. We offer unmatched support while navigating the often-complex world of care navigation, giving families the confidence and peace of mind that their loved one’s interests are being looked after.
With a singular focus on protecting health, well-being, and legacy, Jarvis Law Office is the go-to service provider for any family seeking the experience and support needed to handle the unique challenges of Care Navigation. Fill out our online form or call us at (740) 653-3450 to schedule an appointment.