This week in Crisis Corner, overcoming the fear of handouts.
We have had many clients who were children during the great depression and many more who have spent much of their adult lives opposing Welfare and the spending of money on those who have not earned it. They come to our office, usually grudgingly dragged in by their loved ones, and they tell us they do not want a handout and to find another way for them to get help. Sometimes it even gets to the point of the family coming in only after their loved one is too incapacitated to refuse the help or completely out of money and with no other options.
There are a few things that we often share with clients who are of this mindset:
The key is to recognize that you are not taking a handout, you are taking a hand up. You are using the rules that have been created, by the government, to give yourself and your family the best quality of life possible. Assuming you come to us or another elder law attorney that believes that Medicaid is not always the answer, you will look at other options besides Medicaid unless it truly is the only resource left for you in your current situation. You may still land on Medicaid, but you can at least feel better knowing that you have explored other options and then did what was right for you and your loved ones.
If you want to learn more about Medicaid and how it might fit into your future or the future of a loved one, please give us a call today.