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The Elder Law Offices of Shields & Boris

Helping You Protect Your Family Legacy

What is Alzheimer’s disease?

Serving Western and Central Pennsylvania

Alzheimer’s disease is defined as a progressive brain disorder that gradually destroys memory and the ability to learn, reason, make judgments, communicate, and carry out daily activities. As the disease progresses, those diagnosed with the disease may experience changes in behavior and personality. These changes can be exhibited as paranoia, anxiety, agitation, hallucinations, or delusions. Early detection is critical as medical intervention may be available to slow the progression of the disease. Talk with your physician about diagnostic testing and treatment options.

Why Shields & Boris?

Our attorneys have experience helping clients with a dementia diagnosis or chronic illness, and the firm has the particular knowledge needed to address issues and concerns in this area. In 2019, our firm became a founding member of the National Alliance of Attorneys for Alzheimer’s Planning, (N3AP), a national association for member attorneys who focus on Alzheimer’s Planning. We can help you:
  • Plan ahead for long-term care expenses
  • Estimate the cost of care and provide asset protection from the cost of nursing home or in-home care
  • Prepare legal documents
  • Explore available resources in your community
  • Provide care planning to help caregivers manage the disease stages
  • Provide disease education on:
    • Stages of the disease
    • Communication needs
    • Behavior interventions
    • Avoiding caregiver stress
Stephanie Boris is an active member of N3AP and is also a Certified Dementia Practitioner and Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer, having completed a certification course provided by the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners. She would be happy to help you navigate through the maze of concerns in this area. attorney Stephanie Boris Stephanie is an attorney at the Elder Law Offices of Shields & Boris. She graduated from the Duquesne University School of Law in 2000. Her undergraduate degree is from the Duquesne University School of Business Administration where she majored in accounting. She enjoys problem-solving with her clients to help them feel more secure about the future. Stephanie is an active member of Planning & Protecting, an organization of premier estate and elder law attorneys from across the nation for attorneys to learn and share information in the areas of elder law and best practices. In 2019, Stephanie became a founding member of the National Alliance of Attorneys for Alzheimer’s Planning, (N3AP), a national association for member attorneys who focus on Alzheimer’s Planning. Additionally, she became a Certified Dementia Practitioner and Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer through the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners during her attendance at the 2nd annual N3AP conference. Stephanie is married to Tom Boris, a founding partner of the Elder Law Offices of Shields & Boris, and they have two wonderful sons, Thomas and Nicholas. Alzheimer’s Resources:

Life Care Planning

Assisting with dementia, Alzheimer’s and other debilitating diagnoses

The Dementia and Life Care Planning Center

at the Elder Law Offices of Shields & Boris

Stephanie A. Boris, Esq. is an attorney who practices exclusively in estate planning and elder law. For the past several years, she has focused on working with families dealing with a cognitive impairment or a long-term illness diagnosis so that families are assured there is a solid plan in place for their loved ones.
Sommer Temple, DPT joined the firm in 2021 as a Specialized Care Planner with over 20 years of experience serving the aging community. Sommer has her Doctorate in Physical Therapy and is a Certified Dementia Practitioner. Sommer works closely with clients with dementia, Alzheimer’s and other debilitating diagnosis to provide education and service coordination to meet their physical, social and financial needs. The best way to contact Sommer is by sending an email to: sommer@sblegacy.com

What is a Life Care Plan?

A Life Care Plan is a holistic, elder-centered approach to the practice of law that helps families respond to every challenge caused by chronic illness or disability of an elderly loved one. The goal is to promote and maintain the good health, safety, well-being, and quality of life of elders and their families. Our inter-disciplinary team works to identify present and potential future care needs, locate appropriate care, and ensure high-quality care.

Planning Goals:

  1. Appropriate Care: We provide care assessments and referrals, assistance locating and coordinating in-home help and services, crisis intervention, family education and decision making support, and advocacy services.
  2. Asset Protection Solutions: A Life Care Plan helps you resolve the legal and financial problems associated with the high cost of long-term care. It includes elder law services such as wills, trusts, powers of attorney, advanced directives, Medicaid qualification, VA benefit qualification, asset protection.
  3. Peace of Mind: Our goal is to provide you peace of mind as the trusted guide for you and your family. You will know that your loved one is well cared for and safe with our staff.

Care Planning

A Crisis Care Plan is a Life Care Plan specifically created to address crisis situations. This type of plan is appropriate for situations in which a person can no longer live safely at home without assistance or where the person has already or will soon transition to some type of assisted living or nursing home. Crisis Care Planning is for families feeling overwhelmed by the decisions being made, whether it be financial, healthcare or estate planning.

Taking the guesswork out of the caring

  • Comprehensive Individual Assessment
  • Home Safety Assessment
  • Create a Life Care Plan
  • Coordinate and Implement a Care Plan
  • Advocacy • Discharge Planning
  • Home repair/Home modifications
  • Medical appointment assistance
  • Medical equipment assistance
  • Medicare/Medicaid
  • Money management/financial planning assistance
  • Moving Services

Helping you Help your Loved Ones

Call (724) 934-5044 today to schedule a free phone consultation and download our FREE ebook: A Guide to Alzheimer’s Care.

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