At our law firm, we assist clients with securing and planning for safe and appropriate residential services for loved ones with limitations like those caused by older age, physical and mental disability, and mental health problems. In Colorado and across the country, securing quality housing and support services for people who need assistance because of these conditions has been and continues to be challenging.
It is well-known that people with disabilities or impairments associated with old age tend to do better in noninstitutional settings in their communities than they might in nursing homes or similar institutional models. Colorado participates in a federal Medicaid-funded program called Money Follows the Person, known as MFP, that provides funding for moving elderly or disabled people out of institutions and into community-based residential settings.
Colorado is one of a handful of states that still recognize common-law marriages, which are relationships in which the partners agree to be married and hold themselves out as married even though they have not followed state-sanctioned marriage requirements. If the relationship meets the legal requirements for a common-law marriage, when it comes to inheriting property and other spousal rights after one of the partners has died, state law treats the common-law spouse the same as if they had said “I do” before an officiant and filed a marriage certificate with a Colorado county.
Riding and working with horses on the ground can greatly benefit people with intellectual and developmental disabilities as well as mental illnesses. So-called “equine-assisted therapy,” or EAT for short, has been found to benefit a range of mental and emotional conditions as well as some physical disabilities, reports Disability Scoop.
According to a June 2019 article in Disability Scoop, participation in ABLE accounts has been slower than anticipated. State officials nationally are concerned about the long-term sustainability of the ABLE program if more accounts are not opened.
When was the last time that you wrote a message by hand on paper instead of sending a text? Where are your photos stored? Do you use two-factor authentication on accounts? Whether you have an iPhone or use android technology, your phone is basically a digital assistant. If your loved ones cannot get into it after something happens to you, they may lose access to online accounts and digital mementos.