Caring for the Elder in the Practice of Law

Date: Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Time: 3:30pm - 7:00pm
Location: Arizona Inn
Speaker: Tim Takacs, CELA


The presenter’s written materials and Power Point presentations will address:

  • How the U.S. health system fails older persons with chronic care needs.
  • Developments to remedy these deficiencies in chronic care, including the Chronic Care Model, the Triple Aim, Patient-Centered Medical Home, and Medicare Chronic Care Management.
  • Introduction to Life Care Planning and the Elder-Centered Law Practice.
  • The principles of planning for the care of older persons and the three care planning domains.
  • Understanding of the “Elder Care Continuum” and
  • How functional limitations relate to different levels of care.
  • Recognize the “Danger Zone” and how it leads to crises.
  • What older clients and their caregivers worry about it and
  • How the Elder-Centered Law Practice can alleviate these worries.

Session 1

Caring for the Elder in the Practice of Law, part 1: Chronic Illness Care in the U.S.-The Problem and the Solutions

Program Description

The presenter will address chronic illness care from various perspectives; the cycle of crisis care; the usual care model; what patients need; and what must be done.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Chronic care in the United States: who needs it, how older people get it, and barriers to good chronic illness care
  • Reform of the health care delivery system; the Chronic Care Model; the Triple Aim; the Patient-Centered Medical Home and Medical Neighborhood; and the Elder-Centered Law Practice
  • The Elder-Centered Law Practice in new health system designs

Session 2

Caring for the Elder in the Practice of Law, part 2: Planning Along the Elder Care Continuum

Program Description

Life Care Planning focuses on the care of an older person in an elder law practice. What does this practice model mean for your present and future clients? An integrated and multidisciplinary approach to client management in a law firm, members of the clients’ care team include non-lawyer health care professionals such as nurses and social workers. Attendees will be able to compare and contrast the traditional elder law model of practice to the life care planning practice model.

Our focus in this CLE will be on furthering the understanding the Elder Care Continuum and explaining how it is used in planning for the long-term services and supports of the older client.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Fundamental principles of care planning for older clients
  • Care planning domains
  • Who needs to plan?: HOPs and UnHOPs
  • Caregivers’ perspectives: core problematic areas
  • Questions planners should ask
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