Douglas R. Jones (Doug) and Cynthia Orlicek Jones (Cindy) are married attorneys who have practiced primarily in the areas of estate planning and elder law since 1987.
Doug & Cindy have not only helped hundreds of families with their estate planning and elder law needs over the years, but have personal experience with these issues as well. Cindy served as primary Family Caregiver for her declining Mom for several years. With the help of family and a few non-medical caregivers during the last few months, Cindy was able to honor her Mom’s wish to stay at home instead of receiving a facility level of care.
Doug’s Mom suffered a massive stroke after having heart valve replacement surgery. As a result of the stroke, Doug’s Mom required a Nursing Home level of care, so Doug served as her Advocate to ensure that she received the care that she needed. During her remaining months Doug’s Mom went from hospital to Nursing Home, back to hospital, then to in-patient hospice facility.
Over the years Doug & Cindy found that their clientele fall within one of the following three areas:
This may be a couple or single, age 50 – 70 who is proactive enough to want to get their affairs in order. This desire is often prompted by some significant bad event, such as seeing a parent, friend or neighbor die or decline in health.
The “kids” (again, ages 50 – 70) may realize that their parents are declining quickly without any planning in order. The kids may realize that the responsibility to provide or manage care for their parents may fall on their shoulders. As a result, they want to assist their parents in (1) selecting their preferred place to be as they age; (2) to determine how to pay for all of this without going broke; and (3) Put legal documentation in place to make all of this happen.
These same “kids” may witness the substantial and fairly rapid decline of their parents, As a result of this decline, a Nursing Home level of care may be required. The focus then shifts to (1) Selecting the right facility; (2) Determining the Best Way to Pay for his care (often by seeking Medicaid to assist with payment of this care); and (3) Taking immediate action to protect and preserve assets of parent, which is especially critical if there is a spouse at home.
Elder Law Practice Channels
Doug & Cindy publish free information to their clients via the following channels. You can access any of these by clicking on the links below.
Doug & Cindy regularly discuss issues of interest to their clientele, which are broadcast on YouTube and FaceBook channels.
This is an area where those providing and managing care for a declining Senior share words of wisdom and offer encouragement to other caregivers. AR Residents Only.
Doug & Cindy discuss topics of interest to those who are assisting declining parents or are doing planning themselves.
Seeing that these same families needed much more assistance than they were able to provide in their law practice, Doug & Cindy expanded their offerings to include more assistance with the planning part of the equation. In 2018, Doug & Cindy established Help Me Help Momma, which is a company separate and apart from their law practice.
Although it caters to the same demographic, Help Me Help Momma allows Doug & Cindy the opportunity to serve families nationwide. The primary goal of Help Me Help Momma is to provide information, online training and coaching to the adult children of aging parents.
Through their outreach via the Help Me Help Momma platform, Doug & Cindy offer information and training through several media channels:
Doug & Cindy record weekly caregiver tips which are broadcast on YouTube and Facebook channels.
Starting in January 2020.
This is a daily newsletter offering tips from other caregivers and discussions on matters of interest to those providing or managing the care of a declining Senior.
An area where those providing and managing care for a declining Senior share words of wisdom and offer encouragement to other caregivers.
Where Doug & Cindy discuss topics of interest to Family Caregivers.
You can access any of these channels free of charge by clicking on the links above.