Dementia & Alzheimer's Planning
At Steinbacher, Goodall & Yurchak, we help our clients answers three key questions.
- What happens if I die?
- What happens if I live but get sick?
- What happens if that sickness is dementia?
Dementia creates an additional layer of long-term care planning needs and oftentimes, time is of the essence.
Dementia is a collective term used to describe various symptoms of cagnitive decline, such as forgetfulness. It is a symptom of several underlying diseases and brain disorders. Dementia is not a single disease in itself, but a general term to describe symptoms of impairment in memory, communication and thinking. Whether you or a loved one have a dementia diagnosis, or you're planning for the future, we are here to help.
It is a huge misconception that all dementias are the same. This couldn't be further from the truth!
A proper diagnosis is the most important thing you can do if you or a loved one is displaying symptoms of a cognitive impairment.
Probably the dementia that we hear the most about it Alzheimer's Disease. But without getting a proper diagnosis, you or your loved one may miss out on the most appropriate treatment.
At Steinbacher, Goodall & Yurchak, we can help you and/or your family:
- Prepare for long-term care expenses
- Estimate the cost of care and provide asset protection from costs of nursing or in-home care
- Prepare legal documents
- Explore available resources in your community
- Provide disease education on:
- Stages of the disease
- Communication needs
- Behavior interventions
- Avoiding caregiver stress
- Provide care planning and case management to help caregivers manage the disease. Learn more about our Elder Care Navigation service.
We can provide you with the best local and national resources. If you've worked with our firm, you know how passionate we are about our work and are always looking for new ways to provide better services and education to our clients and community. For years, we've been providing essential services to those with dementia and accommodating their needs. Recently, we've gone a step further to truly become dementia-friendly and ensure we are the most qualified to help with your dementia and planning needs, serving you with the utmost respect and compassion.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a Dementia, don't wait. Call us at 1-800-351-8334 and set up an initial consultation.
Four Staff Members Earn or Renew Certified Dementia Practitioner® Credential; 18 Team Members Now CDPs®
Four staff members from the elder law firm of Steinbacher, Goodall & Yurchak earned or renewed professional certification as as a Certified Dementia Practitioner® (CDP®) through the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (NCCDP) at an all day training held in State College on Tuesday, January 31, 2023. This brings the total of SGY team members that have earned the CDP® designation to 18. A full list of those staff members that earned it yesterday and already have it is below.
Attorney Jenna Franks, a partner of the firm, and Long-Term Planner Kristin Daugherty led the training, which was also attended by other area professionals that work in the long-term care field. Both Jenna and Kristin are Certified Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia Care Trainers®, which allows them to train others to become CDPs®.
The CDP® designation represents individuals that have received comprehensive knowledge in the area of dementia care and achievement in completing the Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care course/seminar. The CDP® also commits to ongoing professional development through NCCDP Staff Education Week or other educational opportunities and re-certification every two years. The NCCDP remarks that the "CDP® certification reflects a deep personal commitment on the part of the front line staff, health care professional and the organization’s sense of accountability by abiding by the NCCDP ethics statement, inspiring confidence and dedication in an individual's professional knowledge through quality of life and quality of care provided by the CDP® to the dementia patient." The goal of the NCCDP is to develop and encourage comprehensive standards of excellence in direct-care skills, education, and sensitivity in the area of dementia care.
Steinbacher, Goodall & Yurchak Welcomes Attorney Eric Young
Steinbacher, Goodall & Yurchak, an elder law firm with locations in State College, Williamsport, Wyalusing and Wysox, Pa., is pleased to announce the addition of Attorney Eric Young to its staff as an associate attorney. Attorney Young comes to SGY with over 18 years of experience as an attorney in Pennsylvania, having been admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar in 2004 and having worked in several different areas of law during his career. He will work primarily out of the firm's Williamsport and Wyalusing offices, taking client appointments in both locations, and will assist clients with their estate and long-term care planning needs.
Attorney Young most recently was an associate attorney with the RHP Law Group in Selinsgrove, Pa., where he worked from 2018-2022 and primarily with clients that required various types of estate and long-term care planning. Elder law-related items he worked on included but weren't limited to trusts, land preservation, inheritance tax appraisements and petitions to the Department of Revenue and guardianships. He also worked on non-elder law areas including business registration filings, operating agreements, corporate bylaws and trademark registration. He advised numerous clients on estate planning needs and designed multiple customized estate plans to reduce inheritance taxes and protect assets from the costs of long-term care.
Prior to his time with RHP Law Group and shifting his law focus to elder law, Attorney Young spent parts of six years at the law firm of Kessler Topaz Meltzer Check, LLP in Radnor, Pa., serving first as a staff attorney and later as an investigator. His work supported active cases of securities fraud and securities and consumer class action litigation. Attorney Young spent time as a contract attorney for several different law firms in the Philadelphia area as well as a staff attorney at Dechert, LLP from 2005-2010, working primarily on business law litigation.
A native of New York, Attorney Young is a 2004 magna cum laude graduate of New York Law School, where he was a member of the New York Law School Law Review. He earned his bachelor's degree in communication arts from Hofstra University.
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