WEB SITES TO HELP OUR CLIENTS
These are a few web sites that our clients can use. If you have any additional sites that others can also use, please let us know. While this information is meant to be helpful, this listing is not an endorsement of the views, opinions or advice offered by any of these sights. Also, while these sites may offer helpful information, this is no substitute for individual legal advice from an attorney. Providing these summaries and links is not legal advice.
Legal Web Sites
Generic Drugs & Costs. FDA’s Orange Book, www.fda.gov/cder/ob/ is updated monthly and lists brand-name drugs and their generic equivalents. To find a drug by brand name click on "Search by Proprietary Name". The FDA approved generic drug will have AB in the second column. Drugs listed by category and names "best buys" for consumers go to http://www.crbestbuydrugs.com/ . You can compare prices at http://www.destinationrx.com/ or http://www.pharmacychecker.com/ .
Veterans Aid and Attendance Council (VAAC). VAAC is an Association of Nursing Homes, Assisted Living Facilities and Personal Healthcare providers working together to attain the best healthcare for our Veterans. The VAAP missions is to educate and make Veterans and their healthcare providers aware of the Aid and Attendance benefits afforded Veterans under the Improved Pension Benefits of the Veteran’s Health Administrations. www.veteransaid.org/
Long Term Care. The National Care Planning Council and those providers affiliated with them are dedicated to helping the American public plan for long term care. This site is the most comprehensive resource for long term care planning available anywhere. There are may articles to print for your personal use. http://www.longtermcarelink.net/index.html
Legal Information Institute. Need an introduction to other areas of the law? Use the "Law About…" button for various topics such as trademarks, copyright and more.
Prairie State Legal Services. This helpful sight offers an introduction to many areas of the law. http://www.pslegal.org/
Elder Law Answers offers many helpful articles and information.
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc. is a non-profit association that assists lawyers, bar organizations and others who work with older clients and their families. Established in 1987, the Academy provides a resource of information, education, networking and assistance to those who deal with the many specialized issues involved with legal services to the elderly and people with special needs. http://www.naela.org/
SharingLaw.Net. This will link you to other sites for the Elderly and Disabled. http://www.sharinglaw.net/law/index.htm
Free Help for Seniors
- Senior Citizen Driver’s License Information: www.thehartford.com/talkwitholderdrivers click on "brochure".
- Retirement Planning: http://www.troweprice.com/ click on "Individual Investors" and then "Investment Planning and Tools-Retirement Planning" or call 800-638-5660.
- Obtain a free copy of Guide to Medicare’s Preventive Services : http://www.medicare.gov/ or 1-800-MEDICARE.
- Obtain a free copy of A Shopper’s Guide to Long-Term Care Insurance : http://www.naic.org/
- Social Security Booklets: How Work Affects Your Benefits (which explains possible reductions in benefits based on your earnings) Identity Theft and Your Social Security Number (designed to help victims of this fast growing crime) What Every Woman Should Know (which addresses widow’s benefits, divorce and remarriage, among other topics). www.ssa.gov/about.htm
- Talk about legal, financial and long-term care issues: http://www.metlife.com/ click on "Employment" and "Mature Market Institute"
- Senior Benefit Check Up; Sponsored by the National Council on Aging. Go to http://www.benefitscheckup.org/ for a review of benefits that may be available for seniors. This site is supposed to be confidential. Requests age, income and ZIP; it then lists programs that you may be eligible for. 8/15/01 per ISBA email newsletter
- AARP. This well known organization offers information and many services for seniors. http://www.aarp.org/
- Caregivers. For free guides and checklists for caregivers to go http://www.nextstepincare.org/ .
- My Senior Care . Is a clearing house of information. The website contains numerous articles reviewed by industry experts. A care provider directory empowers users to search, compare and directly contact prescreened home health care, senior housing and hospice providers in your local area. This service is free. www.myseniorcare.com .
- Assisted living Directory http://www.assisted-living-directory.com/
Resources for Caregivers
- For free guides and checklists for caregivers to go http://www.nextstepincare.org/ .
- Caregiving Resource Center: In home care, nursing home, hospice, senior living go to www.aarp.org/home-family/caregiving/
- Top 10 Caregiver Tips for 2010. www.gmsassoc.com/topten/index.html
Resources for finding home care, become a caregiver and other elder care resources. http://www.homeinstead.com/
US State Department site on caring for elderly parents that is aimed at families posted abroad but gives very valuable general information and links. www.state.gov/m/dghr/flo/c23141.htm
National Alliance for Caregiving, a nonprofit organization focusing on issues of family caregiving. http://www.caregiving.org/
Children for Aging Parents, a nonprofit assisting caregivers of the elderly or chronically ill with information, referrals and support. http://www.caps4caregivers.org/
National Family Caregivers Association, another group that educates and supports those who are for loved ones with a chronic illness or disability. http://www.thefamilycaregiver.org/
National Association of Home Builders lists professional certified aging-in-place specialists who can assist in creating an environment that will enable loved ones to remain in their homes safely and independently. http://www.nahb.org/
Information about Medicaid with links to web sites in every state and each state's eligibility requirements for benefits. www.cms.hhs.gov/home/medicaid.asp
Find out what Medicare does and doesn't cover, compare home health agencies and nursing homes in your area, plan for your long-term care needs and other information. http://www.medicare.gov/ .
- Assisted living Directory http://www.assisted-living-directory.com/
- Help with stress www.caregiverstress.com
Medicare and Medicare Part D Web Sites
- Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services http://www.cms.hhs.gov/
- Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc. http://www.medicareadvocacy.org/
- Medicare Advocacy Project materials: http://www.alz.org/Resources/FactSheets.asp .
Medicare Rights Center http://www.medicarerights.org/
- Center for Medicare Education http://www.medicareed.org/
General Legal Issues
Are you the victim of a violent crime? Need to get information from your local government? Let the Freedom of Information Act help with you with access. Are you a victim of consumer fraud? Has your home repair contractor given you the required notices and written contracts? The Illinois Attorney General can help you with these problems and more. http://www.ag.state.il.us/
Illinois Department on Aging. This site gives information about many programs for senior citizens including Home Health Care, Elder Abuse and Neglect, and the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program to protect those in nursing homes.
Medicaid, Including Payment for Nursing Homes. The Illinois Department of Public Aid is now a part of the Illinois Department of Human Services. This web site has the manuals that explain in detail the rules governing Medicaid eligibility. A trained eye is necessary to help you protect all of the assets allowed under the law.
Circuit Breaker, Now Illinois Cares Rx. This program helps low income seniors pay their prescriptions. This site will explain the program and provide the forms. http://www.illinoiscaresrx.com/ Illinois Cares Rx offers many prescription and drug benefits to single persons whose income is less than $27,610 per year and married couples whose income is less than $36,635 per year. You can qualify for help with your prescriptions if you meet the income test even if you have money in savings and investments.
Power of Attorney for Health Care and Living Wills. The Illinois Department of Public Health has the forms that you can download and complete yourself. Property Powers of Attorney (also known as Durable Powersof Attorney) should only be completed with the advice of an attorney. A lawyer can advise you whether language should be added or deleted to protect your interests. The health care power of attorney and a living will can be found at the IDPH web site.
Nursing Homes. Placing a loved one in a nursing home is never easy. The Illinois Department of Public Health regulates nursing homes. Check out the IDPH web site for a list of rules governing nursing homes and complaints that have been filed against nursing homes and their personnel. The site will also give you guidance on selecting nursing homes. http://www.idph.state.il.us/healthca/nursinghometestjava.htm
Predatory Lending. Homeowners are constantly encouraged to put up their home as collateral for loans that will "save you money". Loans obtained through mortgage brokers and sometimes loans through banks will have very high fees. These fees will often make the loan much more expensive than you realize. This site contains frequently asked questions about predatory lending. http://www.idfpr.com/FAQ/BRE/toggleBREpredlending.asp
Madison County, Illinois. Get information to contact your County officials. For example, if you are a senior citizen, you can contact the Supervisor of Assessments to reduce your real estate taxes with a senior citizen exemption (in Madison County this is called a homestead exemption) or a senior citizen freeze exemption. You can also contact the County for help with recycling. Use the real estate look up to see the value of your real estate, the assessed value, the date of the most recent deeds to the real estate and even a picture of your house from the air. http://www.co.madison.il.us/
Business and the Environment. Individuals and Businesses in Illinois are affected each day by the policies of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. The IEPA can offer information on Clean Water, Leaking Underground Storage Tanks, Brownfield Cleanup and Redevelopment and more.
Resources for grandparents raising grandchildren : www.state.il.us/aging/1intergen/grg.htm . Includes information on support groups. http://urbanext.illinois.edu/grandparents/ includes multiple articles on issues affecting grandparents raising grandchildren.
Explanation of new health law : www.HealthCareandYou.org
Help for Persons with Disabilities
Children and Disabilities: The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) is an independent, nonprofit, §501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization of attorneys, advocates and parents, whose primary mission is to secure educational services for children with disabilities. Find out more at their website at http://www.copaa.org/
Children with Disabilities: The Family Matters Parent Training and Information Center provides information: http://www.fmptic.org/
Equip for Equality: http://www.equipforequality.org/ . This is an organization that provides help to disabled persons in Illinois.
Protection & Advocacy: http://www.pai-ca.org/ . Although this organization is located in California, it has helpful information for people with disabilities. This organization is similar to Equip for Equality which is located in Illinois.
Caregivers: For free guides and checklists for caregivers to go http://www.nextstepincare.org/ .
Living Wills / Advance Planning
Caring Conversations: helping families make practical preparations for serious illness or end of life. http://www.practicalbioethics.org/ .
Caring Connections: brochures on how to communicate your end of life wishes. www.caringinfo.org/planningahead .
Five Wishes - Next Steps: Five Wishes booklet helps you express how you want to be treated medically, personally, emotionally and spiritually if you are seriously ill and unable to speak for yourself. (There might be a fee for the booklet.) http://www.agingwithdignity.org/ .
Medical Directive: medical directive records your wishes. (There might be a fee for the booklet.) http://www.medicaldirective.org/ .
Five Big Myths of Advance Care Planning and How to Stay Anchored in Reality: listen to podcast at www.abanet.org/health/podcasts/podcast0410_advance_dir.html .