Critter Corner: Power of Attorney vs. Guardianship

Dear Angel, My brother is a spend-thrift and a recovering alcoholic. I want to do something before he blows through all of his savings. I was doing some research, and noticed my options included “Power of Attorney” or … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Red Flags that You Need a Break from Caregiving

Dear Commander Bun Bun, I am a caregiver for my mother, Ellen, who had a stroke last year. She is very demanding at times, and I may be approaching burnout. I rarely take time for myself, and my emotions range between feeling … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Do Dogs Hold the Key to Successful Aging in Humans?

Dear Baxter, My labrador retriever, Jessie, lived until she was 17 years old, making her a centenarian in human years. I heard of another lab that lived until 18, or 109 in human years. Have any studies ever been done on how … [Read more...]

Rest in Peace, Sweety

A year ago, Jeannie and I adopted a cat, Sweety, from one of our clients who passed away, and whose family was unable to care for her. This is just one of the many ways in which we sometimes are able to help our clients. Sadly, … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Home Modifications for Fall Prevention

Dear Angel, We just found out that my father will be moving in with us. He is in his 70’s, has Parkinson’s, arthritis, and is in a wheelchair a lot of the time. We don’t have much money to renovate, but we want to make sure … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Burial and Memorial Benefits for Veterans

Dear Baxter, My wife and I were talking about where we would like to be buried when we die. We are both honorably-discharged veterans. Do you know about our options? Thanks for your help. Barry L. Forvetz ---- Dear … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Should I Have a Caregiver Contract?

Dear Angel, I will be quitting my job to care for my father next month. He will be paying me, since I have no other income to support myself.  My dad used to have a caregiver through an agency, and the agency had a written … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Can a $6,000 Stuffed Seal Replace Caregivers?

Dear Baxter, I heard from my cousin, who told me that his mother recently leased a $6,000 stuffed seal to assist with stress relief, relaxation, and motivation. Supposedly when it came out, production of it was stalled at first … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Should I Prepay for My Funeral?

Dear Angel, My family recently sat down to discuss the difficult topic of death and dying. Thinking about it brought to mind our funerals.  During a time of grief, I would hate to put my family through funeral planning and have … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: How Presidential Candidates Stack Up When it Comes to Pets

  Dear Angel,  I am a pet lover who is undecided about who to support for president. Do you know where the candidates stand when it comes to animals?  Kat Endogg-Luverr  ---- Dear Kat, Now this Is an important … [Read more...]