Phone 312.899.0950  847.261.4808

79 West Monroe Street, Suite 1320
Chicago, Illinois  60603
May 2015


Congratualtions Kathryn C. Casey

elder law foundation Recently, Partner Kathryn Casey earned her Certification in Elder Law (CELA). The CELA certification has frequently been referred to as "the gold standard" for elder law and special needs practitioners.


Kathryn,  who joins Janna Dutton and only a few other attorneys in Illinois with this certification,  has practiced exclusively in elder law since 2004 when she began representing clients in adult guardianships and elder abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation litigation. Since then, her practice has expanded to include probate and trust administration, estate planning, retirement benefits, special needs planning, long term care planning, Medicaid applications, and senior housing issues.

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May is Elder Law Month

Elder Law is a specialized area of law that involves representing, counseling, and assisting older adults, people with disabilities, and their families.
We, at Dutton & Casey, can assist you, or someone you care about, with: 

Home Health Scams...They Affect Us All

Home health services help maintain the quality of life of people who are homebound and need skilled medical care in their homes. Medicare will and should pay for it when a person needs it and the phyiscan and home health agency follow Medicare's rules.


Unfortunately scam artists can take advange of the way Medicare pays for this vital service. Not only is this wrong, it can prevent a person from obtaining the service when they really need it.


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 -these alerts, published every other week, by Jason Echols, Health Care Consumer Protection Coordinator with Age Options, contains fraud-related news, information about current scams, and useful healthcare or fraud-related resources.

Geriatric Care Management

Aging Life Care / geriatric care management is a holistic, client-centered approach to caring for older adults or others facing ongoing health challenges. Aging Life Care Professionals are members of the Aging Life Care Association™ (ALCA) and differ from Patient Advocates, Senior Advisors, Senior Navigators, and Elder Advocates.


ALCA members must meet stringent education, experience, and certification requirements of the organization, and all members are required to adhere to a strict code of ethics.  Assistance with assessment and monitoring, planning and problem-solving, education and advocacy, family caregiver coaching; and much more can be provided.


Erin Vogt, our Client Care Coordinator, is a certified care manager and a member of the Aging Life Care Association.


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Upcoming Educational Programs 
  • eventsUnderstanding the Surrogate Decision Makers
  • Dementia, Ethics and Elder Law 
  • Legal Planning for Living with a Chronic Medical Condition
  • Understanding Estate Adminstration
  • Prepare to Care
  • Much more.....
Resources for Veterans
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has updated the way it determines eligibility for VA health care benefits, making it easier for many veterans to get access to the benefits.

Did you know there is a  National Caregiver Support Line for Caregivers of Veterans - spouses, children, other family members and friends of Veterans, as well as Veterans themselves? The purpose of the support line is to provide a centralized location for information and support regarding providing care for a Veteran. The support line responders are licensed social workers who provide guidance, education on VA programs and benefits, information on community resources, and emotional support. When a Caregiver or Veteran needs additional assistance or a connection to their local VA medical center, a referral is made to their Caregiver Support Coordinator. For more information, call 1.855.260.3274.

POLST.. An Important Tool For Many

The traditional way to communicate one's wishes is through an advance directive. While these are a good start, they may not guarantee that wishes are honored.

A POLST form (provider orders for life sustaining treatment) is intended for a person who is seriously ill or has a life-limiting illness. It is a signed medical order reflecting a person's wishes that goes with the person across settings of care that must be honored by all healthcare providers. 

Appointments are available in Arlington Heights, Chicago, Skokie, and Westchester, Illinois.
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