I have recently returned from a very rewarding meeting with Tim Takacs. He has an Elder Law Practice and Life Care Planning Operation http://www.tn-elderlaw.com/Home with a staff of 9 specialists including:
- Office Manager
- Office Assistant
- Assoc. Lawyer
- 3 Elder Care Coordinators
- 2 Legal Assistants
- Medicare Specialist
- Public Benefits Specialist
This is how Tim describes his operation: For almost 20 years, the Elder Law Practice of Timothy L. Takacs has been helping families respond to the legal, financial, physical and psychological challenges presented by long life, illness and disability. As an elder law practice that specializes in Life Care Planning, we help families protect assets and coordinate care. Founder Timothy L. Takacs, CELA, one of the most respected elder law attorneys in the nation, leads an interdisciplinary team of care coordinators and other professionals who work together to enhance the quality of life for elders
We discussed a whole range of issues we need to consider about various aspects of getting on in years. One of the real dangers we discussed is the danger of a fall when no one is nearby. I have had 3 falls in the last few years, one required the Emergency Rescue firemen, one fall was immediately outside the VA Medical Center and two veteran medical providers pulled me up like a baby doll, I describe the third fall in my blog post https://cloisterliving.wordpress.com/2012/03/16/a-true-experience-i-had-fallen-and-i-couldnt-get-up/
Tim and Debra King (Eldercare Coordinator) emphasized the dangers of a fall when alone. They talked about risks of the “long lie”. Older people, who fall at home with nobody around, may have what doctors call a “long lie”: you are in pain or too shocked to get up, do not have a way to call for help and assistance, may have to wait for a long time before help arrives. This in itself can create further health problems and even death.
This caught our attention but I wanted some option that would not cost me over $360/year. My wife found a lanyard that she used to carry a Police Whistle around her neck when she was a K-3 grade teacher. I removed the whistle and attached my cell phone to the lanyard. I am wearing it now, it is completely invisible and I can’t even feel that I am wearing it. Frankly it’s more convenient than a holster or belt clip.
I am registered with Metro Nashville’s SMART911 program, if I fall, I dial 911, I can talk to the 911 person, and the emergency people know where I am and my various medical and physical health conditions. They even know what cars are in our driveway. See https://cloisterliving.wordpress.com/2011/09/19/smart-911-can-save-the-lives-of-cloister-residents/ about SMART911.