As the population of older Americans continues to increase at a heretofore unseen rate, the legal issues that impact the elderly, and those who care for them, have become correspondingly more important. Whether you are looking ahead to your “Golden Years,” are currently enjoying retirement, or are a caregiver for an elderly loved one, you will likely need help with legal issues that affect the elderly at some point. Locating the elder law resources you need when you need them can be challenging. With that in mind, the attorneys and staff at Legacy Care Law Firm have put together some Salem, New Hampshire elder law resources for you that you may find helpful. If you have specific questions involving any legal issues that impact seniors, or their caregivers, please feel free to contact our office to make an appointment with one of our elder law attorneys.
Government Offices and Law Enforcement
A great resource for anyone to have at their fingertips is the Town of Salem official website. On the website, you will find city services listings with phone numbers and address. The city’s website is full of helpful links, phone numbers and “How to” information. If you need to contact the police department for the City of Salem you can find contact information on their section of the city website. You may also find the “Senior Affairs” department helpful along with the “For Residents” section which is check full of helpful information.
Hospitals and Clinics
Proper medical care is important at any age; however, the reality is that the older we get, the more important it becomes to make frequent doctor visits for preventative care and check-ups. If you are a resident of Salem, New Hampshire, there are several medical centers/hospitals to choose from for routine and/or emergency medical care. Derry Medical Services provides primary care and imaging services. Parkland Medical Center offers similar medical care and services. For emergency care, Elliot Hospital is not far away, offering a 32 bed, full service, Level II Trauma Center. At some point in time, you may also need to qualify for Medicaid to help the high cost of long-term care. If you are looking for nursing home care in the Salem area, you might try All American Assisted Living or Aurora Senior Living of Derry. The Tlc Medical Daycare, located close by in Concord, also offers adult daycare services for seniors who need assistance but who do not require full nursing home care.
The Salem area offers several clubs and activities geared toward seniors that may be of interest. The Senior Affairs office is a good place to start if you are looking for general information for older residents of the city. The Salem Senior Center is an option for seniors who want to socialize and share information. In addition, the center offers support and promotes financial and social independence for the city’s older population. For veterans living in Salem, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 1617 is a popular place to gather and socialize.
State and Federal Assistance Programs
An excellent all around elder law resource to have handy is the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (NHDHHS), Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services. The BEAS provides a variety of social and long-term supports to adults age 60 and older. If you are concerned that an elderly loved one is the victim of abuse or neglect, or you are a victim yourself, contact the NHDHHS Adult Protection. The State of New Hampshire also has an excellent Family Caregiver Support Services program for caregivers who need assistance.
Many seniors also qualify for assistance from the Social Security disability or retirement program. For information on Social Security disability benefits, visit the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) website. Information about your Social Security retirement benefits can also be found on the website. If you are a veteran, or the surviving spouse or dependent of a veteran, you may also be entitled to a number of benefits through the Veteran’s Administration. Once you reach retirement age, you will likely be automatically enrolled in the Medicare program. Although basic Medicare is free to all seniors, Medicare actually has four parts and the other three parts may come with a premium. Additional resources aimed specifically at helping the elderly on the federal government’s Eldercare Directory.
If you are a senior resident of Salem, New Hampshire, or you are the caregiver of one, and you have legal questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the experienced New Hampshire elder law attorneys at Legacy Care Law Firm by calling (603) 894-4141 to schedule your consultation.