3 Elder Law Attorneys Recommended by a Seeker

Mindy Felinton, Felinton Elder Law & Estate Planning Centers, Rockville 844 255-5525

Kevin Bress, Teaches Elder Law, Has headed firm’s Estate and Elder Law Departments, Works with clients throughout Maryland, Offices in Towson & Columbia.   kbress@pklaw.com (410) 339-6767,  (410) 832-5610 (main office)

Kerri Castellini, Trusts and Estates Attorney, Price Benowitz LLD, Rockville, MD, (301) 825-9030

 

Advance Directive Form for DC, MD & VA

This form is a combined durable poser of attorney for health care and living will for use in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. With this form, you can:
· Appoint someone to make medical decisions for you if you, in the future, are unable to make those decisions for yourself.
· Indicate what medical treatment you do or do not want if, in the future, you are unable to make your wishes known.  It was prepared by the District of Columbia Hospital Association.

To download a copy, click on the following link:  https://ct1.medstarhealth.org/content/uploads/sites/8/2014/09/advance-directive.pdf

Maryland Advance Directive: Planning for a Future Health Care Decision

A Maryland law called the Health Care Decisions Act says that you can do health care planning through “advance directives.”  An advance directive can be used to name a health care agent.  This is someone you trust to make health care decisions for you.  An advance directive can also be used to say what your preferences are about treatments that might be used to sustain your live.  The State offers a form to do this planning, included with this pamphlet.  The pamphlet has three parts: Part I, Selection of Health Care Agent; Part II, Treatment Preferences (“Living Will”); and Part III, Signature and
Witnesses.

To download the form, click on the following link: https://www.marylandattorneygeneral.gov/Health%20Policy%20Documents/adirective.pdf

Keep important medical information on your iphone in case of emergency

Medical ID for iphone* helps first responders access your critical medical information from the Lock screen, without needing your passcode. They can see information like allergies and medical conditions as well as who to contact in case of an emergency.  To access Medical ID, tap on the heart icon on your phone.  For instructions on how to use Medical ID, click on the following link:  https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207021

*Preinstalled on all iphone versions beginning with iphone 8

Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment

The “Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment” form is a portable and enduring medical order form covering options for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and other life-sustaining treatments. The medical orders are based on a patient’s wishes about medical treatments.  It: consolidates important information into orders that are valid across the continuum of care, standardizes definitions, reminds patients and providers of available treatment options, and increases the likelihood that a patient’s wishes regarding life-sustaining treatments are honored throughout the health care system.  It is signed by a doctor or other qualified health professional and is valid across the continuum of care.  It can be posted on your refrigerator, where emergency medical technician know to look if they come to your house.

To read about, download, and complete the form, click on the following link: https://marylandmolst.org/

For the DC form (MOST), click on the following link: https://dchealth.dc.gov/most

For information about Virginia (POST)*, click on:  https://www.virginiapost.org/forms

*Virginia POST forms cannot be downloaded online but must be obtained from your physician

Have Medicare but need help paying for healthcare?

You may be able to get help from your state to pay some of your Medicare costs, including your monthly premiums. In some cases, Medicare Savings Programs may also help pay your deductibles, coinsurance, and copayments if you meet certain conditions.  To learn more about your state’s programs, click on the following link:  https://www.medicare.gov/your-medicare-costs/get-help-paying-costs/medicare-savings-programs?utm_campaign=20200630_bdp_msp_nmsp_v1&utm_content=english&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

Aging Mastery Guide to Aging Well

Created by the National Council on Aging, Aging Mastery is a guide to building a playbook for aging well and making the most of the gift of longer life.

Aging Mastery comes in two formats.  Click on format below to learn more:

Both versions provide a comprehensive and fun approach to positive aging by focusing on key aspects of health, finances, relationships, personal growth, and community involvement. Central to the Aging Mastery philosophy is the belief that modest lifestyle changes can produce big results. Mastery comes from turning these lifestyle changes into habits that lead to improved health, stronger economic security, enhanced well-being, and increased societal participation.

Results show that program participants have increased their physical activity levels, healthy eating habits, use of advanced planning, social connectedness, and participation in evidence-based self-management programs.

 

 

Mental Health Support for Medicare Beneficiaries

If you’re feeling anxious or depressed during these stressful and uncertain times, make sure you call your doctor or a healthcare professional. Medicare covers a number of services to support you, including outpatient mental health services like a depression screening, individual and group psychotherapy, and family counseling.

Counseling services via telehealth may be available to you. Be sure to check, as some healthcare providers and plans are reducing or waiving the amount you pay for telehealth visits during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Always take care of your mental health, and call your healthcare provider if stress gets in the way of your daily activities for several days in a row.

Visit Medicare.gov or CDC.gov for more information.

 

 

Resources for Participation in the Upcoming Maryland Election

5/22/2020

The Maryland Primary is June 2. You should have your mail-in ballot by now.  If you have not received it yet please open this link and call the numbers given. https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/lwvmc/pages/1/attachments/original/1588359119/Voter_Hotline_flyer_with_vote411_logo.pdf

This great website that has clear usable information for each state about voting deadlines, registration deadlines and includes information on how to ask for an absentee ballot, etc.  There are relevant deadlines in May for each DMV jurisdiction so this is a good time to get this out. The organization is called Election Protection:866ourvote    https://866ourvote.org/state/washingtondc/

Check your voter registration at https://voterservices.elections.maryland.gov/VoterSearch

The highly respected non-partisan Voters’ Guide from the League of Women Voters will be coming soon in both an English and a Spanish version. Check our website for updates or go to vote411.org now. http://www.lwvmocomd.org/