Estate & Asset Protection Attorney, Victoria Collier shares a story to illustrate the importance of having extended periods of time with aging parents and loved ones in order to more accurately assess their abilities.
DECATUR, GA, February 1, 2019: Victoria L. Collier, founder of The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm, has posted a new blog on her law firm’s website entitled “What You Can’t Tell In A Weekly Phone Call Or Visit With An Elderly Loved One,” in which Ms. Collier illustrates the need for spending time with loved ones out of their familiar, safe environments.
Collier states, “Aging parents are not always docile when adult children attempt to assess their conditions and provide the appropriate level of care!” She continues, “I say this with all love, respect and affection. Let’s face it, as children we pretty much spend every day and for many years just about every moment with our parents. Then, we get launched into our lives and we visit our parents on occasions.”
“If you decide to stay in the same geographic location as your parents,” says Collier, “you may have more regular visits, but not necessarily long visits.” Collier follows up with a story shared by a concerned friend about a vacation she took with her mother. According to Collier, her friend visited and spoke with her mother regularly and all seemed well. However Collier goes on to share “After a few days of being together 24/7, my friend noticed that her mother was experiencing serious cognitive decline. She had never noticed any of this behavior prior during their frequent phone calls and visits. She adds, “My friend told me her mother experienced hallucinations, she lost words, fell frequently causing her to become frustrated and embarrassed.”
Collier states, “My friend was confused about what appeared to be a quick and significant decline in her mother’s abilities.” She continues adding, “What the story taught me is that you cannot accurately assess the condition of your aging parent or loved one during a monthly, weekly or even a daily phone call or visit. When an aging adult is in his or her own home, an environment where they feel safe and have a routine, they can appear to be ‘just fine.’”
The entire blog can be read at https://www.elderlawgeorgia.com/what-you-cant-tell-in-a-weekly-phone-call-or-visit-with-an-elderly-loved-one/
About Victoria Collier
Victoria L. Collier, CELA founded The Elder & Disability Law Firm of Victoria L. Collier, P.C. to serve the legal needs of seniors when their health care needs increase. Victoria is also Co-Founder of Collier Scott Financial Solutions, LLC. At both firms WE BELIEVE that people should not have to lose everything they’ve worked a lifetime to earn and that every person is an individual who deserves respect and the highest quality of life possible, regardless of age or ability.
Victoria enlisted in the U.S. Air Force during Desert Storm, 1989-1995, and also served in the U.S. Army Reserves, 1Lt. 2001-2004, JAG Corps. Victoria is a national expert on the VA Wartime Pension for veterans and their widows who need additional assistance with activities of daily living and helping them qualify for and receive tax-free income from the VA to pay for it. Victoria graduated from Valdosta State University with a B.A. in Psychology and then University of Nebraska, College of Law. In 2014, Victoria was awarded with the Alumni Master Award from the University of Nebraska.
Victoria is a Certified Elder Law Attorney through The National Elder Law Foundation and has been named as the only attorney in Georgia as “Fellow” of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). Victoria was appointed by Governor Perdue to the Georgia Council on Aging, 2010 – 2016 and was awarded Dekalb County Veteran of the Year, 2013. She is the author of 47 Secret Veterans Benefits for Seniors; Paying for Long Term Care – Financial Help for Wartime Veterans: The VA Aid & Attendance Benefit. Victoria has co-authored several books: Blooper Episodes in Estate Planning, Don’t Go Broke in a Nursing Home, and Protect Your IRA: Avoid the 5 Common Mistakes. Most notably, Victoria co-authored the National Best Seller, The Road to Success, with Jack Canfield, author of Chicken Soup for the Soul series.
About The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm
The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm was established to serve the legal needs of retiring citizens. The Firm focuses its entire practice on providing strategies to protect independence, privacy, assets and taxes from the government. Victoria Collier has grown her law practice and financial services practice by providing excellent customer satisfaction with personalized wealth protection plans.