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December Newsletter 2018

Talking with Loved Ones About the Future

By Lynn St. Louis, Managing Partner at Elder Law Group PLLC

Happy Family


The whole team at Elder Law Group would like to express our heartfelt thanks to you for continuing to make our work so rewarding and enjoyable.  We wish you happiness, peace, and prosperity this holiday season.

The holidays are a great time to gather and celebrate with family. It’s also the time when many of us check in with aging loved ones, some of whom might have started to face challenges in their day to day routine. Check for indications that your loved one is starting to need additional support or assistance.

Signs to watch out for include:

  • Changes in personal appearance like soiled clothes, weight loss, or unkempt hair.
  • Changes in the home, such as spills left uncleaned, rotted food, or indications of a previous fire like burned pot holders.
  • Frailty or imbalance while moving around, needing to hold on to furniture when walking, or difficulty getting out of a chair.
  • Signs of injury from falls like bruising or changes in gait.
  • Damage or disrepair to a vehicle
  • Changes in daily routine, recent ambulance visits, or increased isolation.

It’s emotionally hard to see these changes in a loved one, especially during the holiday season, but it’s an opportunity to discuss care options prior to a major crisis.

These conversations can feel awkward and probing, as few people, seniors included, will admit that they need help.

Especially if your loved one wants to stay at home for as long as possible, it’s important to make sure that there is a plan in place so that they’re getting the care they need.

If you find yourself struggling, here are some tips for getting the conversation started – and keep it going.

Share Your Plans

Finding common ground is a great place to start. Share your wishes with your loved ones and ask for their opinion about your plans. You’ll have an easy segue into asking about their wishes without making them feel defensive.

Don’t Tell Them What to Do

This is one of the most important tips when discussing your loved one’s future. Telling them what you think they need – even if you’re right – will often be met with resistance.
Instead, talk with them about how they have reached a point in their life where they deserve things to be easier. If you are discussing long-term care options, focus on their concerns and how their situation could improve with help.

Be Informed

Ask questions to make sure that you have the necessary information to help. Do you know who their doctor is? What medications are they taking? Are emergency contacts easily accessible?
Be protected – Health Care Directives and Durable Powers of Attorney will make sure that your loved one’s wishes are carried out, even if they lose capacity. An Asset Protection Estate Plan™ will ensure that if they need care, the money will be there. If they don’t have these Estate Planning documents, or they need to be updated, contact an Elder Law attorney to discuss your options.

Include Them in The Decision-Making Process

For many seniors, this is a time of their lives that they don’t feel in control. Give them a say and make sure they are part of the decision-making process. You don’t have to consult them on every detail – they will get overwhelmed with too many options.
Instead, do your homework and narrow down the top 3 choices to get their feedback on. They will feel empowered and will be less likely to refuse the help you are getting them.

Be Patient!

Whether you are talking about long-term care at a facility, in-home care, or you just want to be clear on your loved one’s wishes – be patient and supportive. Long-term care requires an ongoing conversation as needs change.

Take Care of Yourself Too

Caregiver burnout is a real concern, particularly with spouses and adult caregiver children. Consult with a professional Aging Life Care Manager if you feel that you are getting overwhelmed so that you get the support you need too.

For help in exploring options and creating a plan to promote independence while protecting assets from long-term care costs, call our office at 509-468-0551 to speak with one of our experienced team members.

For more information about Medicaid Asset Preservation Strategies® or guidance on your Estate Plan CALL ELDER LAW GROUP TODAY!
Elder Law Group’s legal assistant Marina Graha helps the Community
In the Community

This month, Elder Law Group’s legal assistant Marina Graham served as guest speaker to Linda Roth’s Office Procedures II class of SFCC’s two-year Administrative Assistant program. She shared tips and strategies for taking professional meeting minutes and also general advice about succeeding in the professional world. 

Thank you Marina! Your wisdom and generosity are always much appreciated.

Meet our Client Care Coordinator!
Molly Tage
Molly Tage

Molly joined Elder Law Group in 2017 and has over 7 years of experience in office management. With this experience, Molly fully commits to ensuring that our clients’ experiences surpass their expectations. Molly attended Eastern Washington University where she completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre. Above all, Molly is thrilled to be a part of a passionate team dedicated to providing peace of mind for our seniors. You may find her on stage at one of our local theatres, on a yoga mat in the park, but most often she is with her husband Phoenix, daughter Finley, and dog, Koda-Bear.

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Spokane Events
Estate Planning Workshops

Senior Rights:Your Legal Voice 
Lynn St. Louis, Esq 
Planning ahead allows you to document your wishes and make the best decisions for your future. If you’ve been putting off planning for your senior years, now is the time to take steps to ensure your voice will be heard.Join Elder Law Group for a special Three-Part Workshop Series based upon The Handbook for Washington Seniors published by www.legalvoice.org!

Each week Lynn St. Louis, Managing Partner of Elder Law Group PLLC will cover different Long-Term Care planning issues that impact seniors. We will discuss the tools you need to protect your future.
Liberty Lake Library
23123 E Mission Ave,
Liberty Lake, WA 99019
Join us for this special free to the public educational workshop series. Seating is limited – Call (509) 468-0551 or go to our website to RSVP.
Tuesday, December 04, 2018, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Estate Planning Essentials
    • Wills, Trusts, and Asset Protection
    • Durable Powers of Attorney – Financial & Health Care
    • Health Care Advance Directives


Tri-Cities Events 
Estate Planning Workshops

Sorry, we have no Tri-Cities workshops in December.

More Senior Events in Washington

In addition to attending one of our events, you may want to check out one of these wonderful opportunities below!



The 36th Annual Christmas Tree Elegance
Spokane Symphony Associates, River Park Square
November 27th – December 9th 2018 
Mon-Saturday 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
$1 raffle tickets for a chance to win a decorated tree
Click here to read more!

Breakfast With Santa At Southside 
Southside Senior & Community Center
Saturdays December 1st, 8th, and 15th 
 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$8 for adults, $4 for children. Kids under 5 eat free.
Click here to read more!

Wheatland Bank Free Horse and Carriage Rides
Wheatland Bank
Weekly starting November 23rd until December 23rd.
Fri: 3-8pm, Sat & Sun: noon-5pm – Free

Click here to read more!

Holiday Light Cruises “Journey to the North Pole”
Coeur d’Alene Resort Boardwalk Marina
Daily Starting November 16th until January 2nd
$22.25/adults, $21.25/55+, $7.50/ages 6-12

Click here to read more!



Mid-Columbia Ballet presents the Nutcracker
Richland High School Auditorium
Richland, Washington

December 7th-9th 2018, from 11:30 am – 12:15pm
$14-$28 per ticket
Click here to read more!

Benton City Winterfest Bazaar
Kiona Benton Highschool
Benton City, Washington

December 8, 2018 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Click here to read more!

Winter Wonderland
John Dam Plaza
Richland, Washington
November 30th, December 1st, 7th, 8th, 14th, & 15th
5:00 pm  – 7:00 pm, Free
Click here to read more!

We are here to help!

Have a question or need to find a resource?
Check out our 
resource page for assistance.

Still not sure what to do?
Give us a call and let us guide you (509) 468-0551.

Empowering Seniors’ Futures ®
At Elder Law Group we Empower Seniors’ Futures through Asset Protection Estate Planning™. We make sure our clients’ voices are heard and their assets protected.Whether you are at the beginning of retirement and planning for the future or need assistance with Long-Term Care now, Elder Law Group provides resources and a plan to give you the best quality of life possible.

With the complexities of the social and financial world we live in today, a traditional Estate Plan cannot protect you against Long-Term Care costs. Let Elder Law Group help give you the peace of mind you deserve through an Asset Protection Estate Plan.

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