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Orlando, FL Elder Law Attorney Releases Book on How to Pay for Long-Term Care
ORLANDO, Florida—Elder law attorney Geoff Hoatson, CEO and Founder of Family First Firm®, the largest elder law firm in Florida, announces the release of his new book, Next Stop: Nursing Home, Get Help Paying for Long-Term Care…Even If They’re Already There. The 62-page paperback is now available for purchase on Amazon.com.
Speaking to the children of elderly parents, Hoatson wrote the book to dispel misconceptions many people have about the necessity of spending their parents’ entire life savings on nursing home care and inform readers about the Medicaid qualification process. Furthermore, the elder law attorney wants readers to know that even if an elderly parent already pays for a skilled nursing facility, they still have options.
Hoatson writes in the Introduction, “I hope that by reading this book, you will have confidence knowing when your loved one goes into a nursing home, it’s never too late to work with an experienced elder law attorney to protect everything. If you or someone you know is in this situation, you will find the information in this book invaluable.”
The author shares various anecdotes throughout the book about cases where he assisted clients through the development of legal strategies to achieve Medicaid eligibility. For example, one independent elderly couple living together in their home faced an unexpected setback when the husband’s medical event, subsequent surgery, and what was supposed to be a temporary stay in rehab to return home transformed into permanent residence in a skilled nursing facility. After meeting with Hoatson’s team and devising a plan, Medicaid paid the entirety of his nursing home bill while his wife kept her home and standard of living.
In another real-life scenario, Hoatson describes how he helped the adult children of a man who was part of the Greatest Generation. Although he hadn’t made much money, he saved everything and planned to give it all to his children according to the terms of his Will. Unfortunately, his dementia accelerated after a fall, necessitating long-term care in a nursing home. By the time this man’s children reached out to Hoatson and the Family First Firm, he had a little over $150,000 left, and would have depleted his savings in eighteen months, had his children not consulted an elder law attorney in Orlando. Hoatson reports that he and his team devised an effective strategy that resulted in Medicaid paying for the man’s care and the preservation of his financial legacy for his family.
“According to the Social Security Administration, almost 75% of Americans will use long-term care during their lifetime,” Hoatson says. “In 2022, the national average for the cost of this care was over $110,000 per year. I wrote this book for anyone who has a family member in their twilight years to inform them that they can protect their life savings and secure the care they need, even if they are already in a nursing home. It just might save their inheritance and give them peace of mind that their loved one won’t go broke in the nursing home. I hope readers find it useful.”
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