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Five Avoidable Caregiver Mistakes
Posted By Sally Abrahms On November 7, 2012 @ 8:00 am In Caregiving | Comments Disabled
Trend alert or rather, trend-to-be alert. I recently heard of a new concept that sounds like a caregiver’s dream: a team of professionals from various disciplines (i.e. legal, financial, caregiving ) who specialize in aging issues. Someone on the team steers you to other experts you need — and may not even realize you need. These pros confer to make sure all your bases are covered.
Rod Chamberlin, a financial planner in Irvine, California, has one such team. Besides a financial planner and eldercare lawyer, it includes a senior care placement expert, long-term care specialist, family advocate aka mediator , personal business facilitator (helps Mom cancel subscriptions and insurance, arrange documents, pay bills) and geriatric psychiatrist .
Clients hire whichever specialists they need and pay each separately.
I asked Chamberlin for the most common mistakes his group sees boomers make regarding their parents’ financial, legal, and care decisions. This applies to you, too!
Here are his top five:
Chamberlin’s model is new; there aren’t many like it — yet. If you can’t find a similar group, then look for a legal or financial pro able to coordinate efforts with other specialists.
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 caregiving: http://www.aarp.org/home-family/caregiving/
 mediator: http://www.aarp.org/relationships/family/info-09-2010/elder_mediation.html
 geriatric psychiatrist: http://www.aarp.org/health/health-care-reform/info-07-2009/health_care_reform_could_provide_more_doctors_for_older_americans.html
 scammers: http://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/?intcmp=DSO-SEARCH-AARPSUGG
 assisted living: http://www.aarp.org/home-garden/livable-communities/info-2004/Assisted_Living_in_the_United_States.html
 nursing home: http://www.aarp.org/home-garden/livable-communities/info-2007/fs10r_homes.html
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