Hurley Elder Care Law Newsletter - March 2017
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March 2017   What’s a nice Social Worker like you doing at a place like this? 

Since March is National Professional Social Worker Month, an opportunity to spotlight the profession and emphasize the importance of our contributions, I’d like to share how valued I feel my perspective is by the Hurley Elder Care Law team. I am keenly aware that most law firms do not hire social workers, yet HECL now has two. Michelle Allen and I are fortunate to work closely with Dawn Houston, RN, the Care Coordinator with the longest tenure at HECL. We are likely to be the person the elder will see or speak to most. We meet the senior where s/he is, literally: a private home; hospital; Assisted or Independent Living Community or in a Skilled Nursing/ Rehabilitative Medicine facility and we are accessible to caregivers whenever questions or new issues arise.

A Licensed Clinical Social Worker has completed a Master’s degree, worked under the supervision of seasoned professionals for a proscribed number of years (which may vary by state) and passed a comprehensive exam.  S/he is then required to earn continuing education credits in related, core, and ethics areas and is held to rigorous standards of practice in order to maintain a license in good standing.

Practice settings for social workers can include: Hospitals; Skilled Nursing Facilities; In- or Outpatient Mental Health Agencies; Services to Developmentally Disabled Children and/or Adults; Departments of Family and Child Services; Adult Protective Services; College or University Student Support Centers; Employee Assistance Programs; Substance Abuse or Addiction Clinics; Family Planning or Adoption Service Providers,…truly almost anywhere people turn when challenges to their quality of life relate to their situation.  Thinking about it like this, maybe the better question becomes, “Why don’t most Elder Lawyers employ social workers?”

Our attorneys rely on the care coordinators’ input regarding how an elder client is handling his or her personal range of health conditions and other age-related issues.  We take care to assess what level of services would be helpful, whom they rely on for various kinds of support and whether the current plan is sustainable and/or how to carefully modify this.  The values of the senior are a priority and we recognize that the role of care partners is enormously stressful. Any support to the folks in the trenches is usually seen to have exponential positive effects on the elder and whole family system.  By looking at a ‘person in situation‘ we can identify how best to make a difference for them, very often by connecting to existing resources, technology or programs.

As the attorneys craft a comprehensive legal and financial plan for our elder clients, we care coordinators focus on building a person-centered care plan that incorporates the wishes of the elder client within the limits of available resources. This team approach creates the best-customized road map for our clients. Every situation is truly unique but, by sharing the load, we strive to decrease overwhelm and isolation during what can be a very challenging time.  Positive feedback from family caregivers along with steady opportunities to build knowledge and skills with each case we touch make this work very rewarding.

What’s a nice Social Worker like me doing at a place like this? All I can say is, it’s always Social Worker Appreciation Month here. 

Article By: Debbie Young-Arnold, LCSW

Family Business We welcomed a new full-time Public Benefits Administrator to our staff this past Monday, Ms. Adrienna Vail. We are so happy to have such a bright and cheery addition to our team!COMING SOON! Our nurse, Dawn Houston,  will be welcoming a new baby girl to the family in late July. This will be Dawn’s third grandchild and we are all thrilled for her!
Upcoming Speaking Even

Complimentary Dinner CEU on “Successful Nursing Home Placements” at The Fountainview Center on 3/28/17 presented by Michelle Allen, LCSW
  The Fountainview Center for Alzheimer's Disease, 2631 North Druid Hills Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30329. Registration is currently full for this event.

Complimentary Dinner 2-hour CEU on “The Cost of Dementia: Implications of a Diagnosis” at Benton House Woodstock on 3/29/17, presented by Miles Hurley, JD, CELA
 Benton House Woodstock, 3385 Trickum Road, Woodstock, GA 30188. Registration is currently full for this event.

Complimentary  Seminar on “You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know”  in Decatur on 4/1/17, presented by Danielle Humphrey, JD, CELA

Ms. Humphrey will discuss “You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know - The Importance of Being Educated Prior to a Crisis” on Saturday, April 1st, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. This seminar is free and open to the public.  Learn how to best find, get and pay for good long-term care. New Life Community Center, New Life Church, 3592 Flat Shoals Road, Decatur, GA 30034. RSVP at: 770-322-6262.

Complimentary 2-hour CEU on “The Cost of Dementia: Implications of a Diagnosis” at the Office of Hurley Elder Care Law, 4/12/17, presented by Miles Hurley, JD, CELA

 Mr. Hurley will give a thorough review of the signs/symptoms of Alzheimer’s, it’s trajectory, the importance of a proper diagnosis, and will discuss necessary legal documents. Free and open to the public. CEUs available:  2 core hours for social workers; 2 contact hours for case managers; 2 contact hours for RNs (TNA). Registration & Snacks, 3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.; 2-hour CEU, 4:00 p.m. –  6:00 p.m. -Hurley Elder Care Law, 100 Galleria Parkway, Suite 650, Atlanta, GA 30339. RSVP at:

Complimentary Dinner CEU on “Capacity, Competency, and Ethical Interventions: A Legal Discussion for Healthcare Providers” at Park Springs Health Services on 5/3/17, presented by Miles Hurley, JD, CELA
 Conflicts of interest and determining decision-making capacity often create complex ethical dilemmas for case managers, social workers, and other practitioners working with older adults. CEUs available:  1 ethic or core hour for social workers (GA NASW); 1 contact hour for case managers (CCMC); 1 contact hour for RNs (TNA).  Tour the new Pebblebrook - Onsite Skilled Nursing Facility and Memory Care, 4:00p.m.-5:00p.m.; Registration & Dinner; 5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.; CEU Education, 5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. - Park Springs Health Services, 500 Springhouse Circle, Stone Mountain, GA 30087. RSVP at:

Complimentary Lunch CEU on “Guardianship: An Overview and Ethical Consideration for Healthcare Professionals” at Ridgeview Institute on 5/17/17, presented by Danielle Humphrey, JD, CELA
The process of applying for guardianship (or conservatorship) is complex and can be overwhelming to healthcare professionals and families alike; Ms. Humphrey will review the basics of guardianship and conservatorship. These situations are likely to be unpleasant for the proposed ward as well as the proposed guardian. Such hearings demand that families share humiliating and very personal stories, at times publicly shaming one another in front of a judge. What are the ethical implications of suggesting to a family that they pursue this route? She will explore the ethical principles professional social workers/case managers must confront within the guardianship process.  In addition, learn what can be done to avoid Guardianship/Conservatorship.  Current information on Georgia’s Advance Directive will also be provided.  CEUs available:  1 ethic or core hour for social workers (GA NASW); 1 contact hour for case managers (CCMC); 1 contact hour for RNs (TNA). : Registration & Lunch, 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.; CEU Education, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., Ridgeview Institute, Pro North Auditorium, 3995 South Cobb Drive SE, Smyrna, GA 30080.   RSVP at:   

For more details and a complete list of upcoming events, please visit Hurley Elder Care Law Community Education.
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Miles P. Hurley, JD, CELA  Miles P. Hurley founded Hurley Elder Care Law in 2006 to provide legal assistance to the elderly population on issues relating to aging including retaining independence, quality of life and financial security. Mr. Hurley is one of ten attorneys in the state of Georgia to receive the Elder Law Attorney Certification, and one of approximately 400 nationwide. 
Hurley Elder Care Law is dedicated to the process of long-term care and estate planning. 
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