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Elder Law Decision Making


I hiked the Manitou Incline at the base of Pike's Peak this summer along with my daughter, son-in-law, and daughter-in-law. The trail is one mile up the mountain covering 2700 steps that translates into 2000 vertical feet from 6500' to 8500'. From the top a winding trail returns you to the base as going down the steps is not the best for your knees. About 1/3 of the way up you realize that turning back is not an option and you are committed to the hike. Unfortunately, every year there are hikers you need to be rescued as they cannot continue to climb nor can they descend the steep decline. I think of major decisions that are made with similar consequences. One of those decisions for elderly clients is to sell their home and move into other living arrangements. Once the house is sold, furnishings are given away, good-byes are said to neighbors there is a point where return to where you started is no longer possible. You are committed to the new path and turning back is not an option. Your plan must be to find a place where the move is worth the effort and resources expended.

Your planning usually involves family and those close to you. Our office stands ready to help with information on qualifying for Medical Assistance and Veterans' Benefits. You may need powers of attorney and advance medical directives to allow others to help you along the trail. We want the transition to be successful and can help you the tools for the climb.