Lifecare Innovations Newsletter
October 2012

Posted: October 26, 2012 2:35 pm

Mark Your Calendars: Upcoming Events and Engagements

Date: 10/30/2012
Topic: Weeding the Garden: Pulling Out What You No Longer Need  
Sponsor: Senior Star at Weber Place   
Location/Time: Senior Star at Weber Place, 605 Edward Drive, Romeoville, IL 60446/6:00-7:00pm
Contact/Registration: email
Date: 11/1/2012 
Topic: The 24/7 Life: Resources and Considerations for Professionals Who Care for Vulnerable Loved Ones 
Sponsor: The Women’s Leadership and Mentoring Alliance and McDermott Will & Emery LLP 

Location/Time: McDermott Will & Emery LLP, 227 W. Monroe, Chicago, IL/4:30-6:30pm

Contact/Registration: WLMA Event Registration

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The Serious Consequences of “Casual Care”: How Loose, Informal Care Arrangements Can Lead to Plan Derailment

By Shay Jacobson, RN, MA, NMG
Martha Kern 

Those who fail to plan, plan to fail.

But what about cases where the plan is carefully developed, well managed, and equipped with safeguards to prevent derailment?  We like to believe our best-laid plans culminate in happy outcomes, and often, they do.

Any plan can and will fail, however, particularly when vulnerability intersects with exploitation.

Caution: When an individual is vulnerable, “casual care” can lead to disastrous results.

“Casual care” refers to the complex web of neighbors, acquaintances, service providers and others who occupy the periphery of a client’s life and then gradually or suddenly find a pivotal role for themselves in the care and oversight of a vulnerable person.  They appear well meaning.  They seem sincere and good-hearted.  They offer to help…and help and help.  If they charge for their service at all, their fees are well below industry standards.  The informality of the arrangement feels familial and warm, and it’s hard to argue against nice, friendly helpers who charge next to nothing and take care of everything. Continue reading…  

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Powerful Choices: The Perils and Pitfalls of Power of Attorney Designations

By Martha Kern
Shay Jacobson, RN, MA, NMG

It was an attorney who called us and rather bluntly stated: “I have a client here in my office asking me to draw up Power of Attorney documents naming his neighbor as Agent.  I told him I’m not going to do it.”

There are many clients in the world who plainly lack an appropriate, willing person to serve as Agent under the Powers of Attorney.  There are perhaps fewer attorneys as direct as this one was about their disapproval of plans to appoint an acquaintance, such as neighbor, a family friend or a service provider, or even a geographically distant relative with whom the client has little contact.

The client at the heart of this phone call was a single male, in his early 60’s, who had never married or had children.  His parents were long since deceased.  He had no siblings.  Understanding, of course, that it was in his best interest to have his affairs in order should he suffer a medical setback, he went to his attorney with the only idea he could summon–appointing his neighbor to act on his behalf if the day ever arrives when he cannot act for himself. Continue reading… 

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Boundary-Setting for Dummies: When Enough is Enough  

By Toni Lynn Chinoy

Each of us encounter boundary issues in our work, especially as we help to manage the crises and issues erupting in client families, the panic that ensues at times when key life transitions loom,  and as we work closely with colleagues in our professions.  Toni Lynn Chinoy, a friend of Lifecare Innovations, describes here key symptoms of boundary abuse and helpful ways to address them.  Ms. Chinoy is founder of Harlan Evans, Inc., and author of multiple Leadership texts on leading through crisis, power games and handling critical moments effectively.  She is available to speak to audiences of all levels. Continue reading…

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