Like many professions, lawyers tend to concentrate their practices on certain areas. There are lawyers who practice in almost every imaginable topic. One popular lawyer website lists over 235 areas of the law in which lawyers concentrate their practice. This is in contrast to a general legal practitioner who does a little bit of everything. As the old adage says, a general practitioner is a "jack of all trades but master of none."
The population of the United States is aging rapidly. The number of Americans ages 65 and older is projected to increase dramatically from 46 million today to over 70 million by 2030. Known as the "baby boomers", the 65-and-older age group's share of the total population will rise from 15 percent to nearly 24 percent.
In the field of elder law in Florida, the CARES program is often discussed. The Comprehensive Assessment and Review for Long-Term Care Services (CARES) is Florida's federally mandated pre-admission screening program for nursing home applicants.
With the aging of our population and the improved healthcare available, people are living longer. Of those, perhaps a large percentage will eventually need nursing home care. This will present a major financial burden to many families. Elder law planning is essential. So how does nursing home care get paid?
Clients often approach us as elder law attorneys explaining that their elderly loved-one needs to go into a nursing home. Because of the prohibitive expense of such care, they want governmental assistance to pay for the care. Specifically, they want to qualify for the Managed Care Long-Term Care Program offered through Medicaid.