Medicaid Planning Through Life Care Planning
Won’t Lose Their
You don’t have to navigate a care crisis on your own either. Our Attorney and Elder Care Coordinator work with your family to develop a plan to help you navigate the challenges of qualifying for Medicaid and getting the care you need.
Individualized Medicaid Planning
Complete Legal Document Preparation
Continuing Client Care Advocacy
You Don’t Have to Spend Every Penny to Qualify for Medicaid!
If you are like most families navigating the challenges of a care crisis, you’ve probably found yourself confused as to where to begin and worried about losing everything to pay for care.
Many families feel stuck and overwhelmed. How much relief would your family feel if you found one partner to help you address the care, legal, and financial concerns you face?
You’re Concerned & So Are We.
Families With an Advocate Relax
The Life Care Plan places special emphasis on issues surrounding the people with ongoing care needs. Your loved one’s plan is designed to ease your worries about finding, getting, and paying for the care they need. Our holistic approach to planning goes far beyond simply drafting legal documents.
Elder Care Coordinator
Our Elder Care Coordinator supports families by coordinating needed care and community services, as well as serving as the elder’s advocate. This lightens the load for family caregivers, improves our client’s qualify of life, and can even postpone the need for nursing home care for those living at home.
Flat Fee Billing
Life Care Plans, billed as a flat fee, include support, advocacy, legal documents, Medicaid/VA benefits planning, and more. Our Life Care Planning clients find value in having partners they know are looking out for their needs and easily within reach to assist.
We Address Your Crisis Quickly.
After our intro phone call, we’ll send you a packet to fill out and return to us. Then we will meet with our client and their family to discuss their needs.
Elder Care Coordinator Visit
Our Elder Care Coordinator visits our client or clients where they live to assess their abilities and needs. This assessment is the most critical part of the planning process.
We discuss our proposed plan, answer your questions, and execute any legal documents. You leave with the peace of mind that you’ll have the care you need.
The typical Life Care Plan includes a year of access to our team and quarterly check-ins with our Elder Care Coordinator.
Your Planning Team
Andrew Schierberg, Attorney
Andrew has dedicated his life to helping others through 19 years as a law enforcement officer in Northern Kentucky and 12 years as an attorney. Andrew chose to focus his practice on elder law and estate planning following the death of a close family member. In helping his family navigate the legal issues before and after the loved one’s death, he saw this area of law as a way to continue helping people in the community he has called home for his entire life. He also realized his experience as a police officer, where he was often with families experiencing a crisis, helps him as an attorney to navigate difficult situations with a calm approach.
Suzanne Piper-Baird, Elder Care Coordinator
Forever passionate about helping others, Suzanne began working with the senior adult population over 20 years ago. From social work to management of a dementia unit and on to outreach and development, she devoted herself to learning all aspects of senior care.
Suzanne started her own senior care business nine years ago. It grew out of her commitment to helping those in advanced age live their best lives. Now, through Life Care Planning she offers comprehensive options to senior adults and their families facing chronic illness, disability, home care and in-patient care and other life concerns. Her goal is to help and empower them in making confident care decisions.
One of her latest endeavors with the senior adult community is her role as a Certified Laughter Yoga Instructor, bringing activity, enjoyment and wellness to seniors through Laughter Yoga and senior exercise.
Frequently Asked Questions About Medicaid
How Much Does Nursing Home Care Cost?
The average cost of nursing home care across Kentucky is around $200 per day. In the Northern Kentucky Counties we serve, the costs are generally higher than that for skilled nursing care.
Will My Parent Have to Spend Their Life Savings for Care?
While the cost of skilled care is high, working with our team, we help families preserve resources and plan for Medicaid eligibility. It’s our job to make sure our clients don’t lose everything in order to get quality care. Medicaid rules are complex. Working with an elder law attorney is a great way to ensure you have a guide helping you make smart decisions in planning for Medicaid eligibility or addressing an immediate need for skilled nursing care.
What Will Happen to Our Family Home
With strategic planning, many of our clients are able to pass their family home on to the next generation or at least preserve some of their hard-earned investment. Some people who attempt to apply for Medicaid on their own mistakenly think the first thing they need to do is sell, or worse, give away the family home. We help out clients afford long term care while making smart decisions regarding their assets.
Won't Medicare Cover the Nursing Home
While it is true that Medicare will cover short-term stays in a skilled nursing facility, Medicare does not pay for the costs of long term care. In fact, many families end up in a situation where they suddenly learn that Medicare coverage is ending and they need a quick plan to continue affording long term care. Even in these crisis situations, we help families find the right care and preserve their assets while preparing for Medicaid eligibility.
Why Should I Hire an Attorney to Help Plan for Medicaid?
The reality is that not everyone does, but those who do hire us have the advantage of having a knowledgeable guide through a complex process. Think about it like hiring an experienced sherpa to clime Mount Everest. Sure, you could climb it alone, but you might not know the safest path or the tips and tricks that will help you reach your ultimate goal. If your ultimate goal is to obtain quality long term care without losing everything, we are the guides to help you through that process.
This Is a Law Firm, Why Do You Talk About Care So Much?
Sounds different, doesn’t it. We practice elder law through the Life Care Planning model. It is a way of providing our clients value beyond the preparation of legal documents. We believe in a holistic approach to planning or addressing a crisis. By talking with our clients about their care, financial, and legal needs, we are able to develop comprehensive strategies that we humbly believe help our clients in ways other attorneys can’t. To be clear though, we aren’t medical professionals or financial planners, but we work closely with those professionals who are working with our clients too.
So, What Are the Legal Things You Do?
Legal guidance and legal documents are an integral part of our planning and crisis management. We prepare wills, trusts, powers of attorney, healthcare directives, HIPAA waivers, deeds, and other legal documents as well as provide legal guidance in the form of navigating public benefits like Medicaid.