In addition, The Senior Law Resource Center's attorneys are dedicated to providing low-cost services and free advice on the following legal matters:
Please call or email us with any questions you may have in these areas.
Unlike Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, the Senior Law Resource Center provides elder law services to seniors, caregivers, and professionals in Central Oklahoma regardless of age or income. Senior Law Resource Center provides free information and advice on elder law issues to all Oklahomans regardless of age or income. Senior Law Resource Center attorneys provide services and advice not covered by Legal Aid and receives frequent referrals from Legal Aid Services.
Each year, the SLRC responds to almost 1,000 calls and emails from seniors, professionals, and caregivers seeking legal advice.
Typical consultations include:
· a hospice social worker calls with questions about whether or not a family caregiver with a durable power of attorney can make decisions about a ventilator and feeding tube;
· a daughter calls on behalf of her mother regarding options for in-home health care;
· a husband contacts our office in frustration when told by hospital staff that he will need to get guardianship over his wife in order to make medical decisions for her.
Short term outcome: Change in attitude
At least 80% of elders and caregivers provided services and brochures report feeling more knowledgeable about home care options, surrogate decision makers, and other elder law issues
Intermediate Outcome: Change in Behavior
Long-term Outcome:Change in Condition
At least 50% of elderly and caregivers receiving advice and information report positive benefits occurred as a result of their actions, such as avoiding going to court to seek guardianship or accessing home health care.
“My dad is much more able to focus on caring for my mother since you put him at ease about planning for what might happen next. You provided helpful information – but even more, your gracious words and calm demeanor gave him some much-needed encouragement.
“If you can think of a way that I might be helpful to SLRC, please let me know. I’ve become a big fan!”
The Senior Law Resource Center (SLRC) provides educational brochures and presentations to promote thoughtful and informed decision-making regarding elder law issues important to seniors, caregivers, and professionals.
Short-term Outcome: Change in Awareness
“The chance to intern at the Oklahoma Senior Law Resource Center has been an opportunity of a lifetime. Before beginning my internship I had a pretty good idea that I wanted to pursue a career in Elder Law. After spending the semester assisting Jill Watskey and Catheryn Koss my experiences only solidified my career goal. From learning how to properly screen clients, file court documents, and draft durable power of attorney forms, I learned more than I ever could in the classroom.
“Not only did I learn about the technicalities of running a successful legal non-profit, I also learned how to deal with emotional clients and stressful situations. These are the things that a traditional legal education doesn’t teach you. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be a part of the Senior Law Resource Center.”
Monica Tanzey, former intern
Attorneys for the SLRC provide free legal services to low-income homebound seniors, low–income elders confined to facilities, and their families and caregivers. Attorneys visit these clients in their home or the facilities in which they live to ensure all seniors, despite mobility constraints, receive high-quality legal services and advice.
At least 80% of elders and caregivers provided services report feeling more knowledgeable about home care options, surrogate decision makers, and other elder law issues
At least 50% of elderly and caregivers receiving services report positive benefits occurred as a result of those services, such as avoiding going to court to seek guardianship or accessing home health care.
Within months of her diagnosis, Rose received news that her cancer spread. . Rose would gradually lose her strength and mind as the disease took over her body. Rose’s thoughts raced. Rose spoke to her adult daughter, who immediately sold her home and personal possessions to move in to Rose’s home. But, soon Rose’s daughter learned how difficult it was to care for someone else. No one would allow her to review Rose's medical bills, purchase insurance, or even speak to them about paying her debts.
At a loss for what to do, Rose contacted the attorneys at the Senior Law Resource Center. The SLRC provided documents to Rose that allowed her daughter to care for and speak to others for her. The SLRC also helped Rose repay her daughter’s generosity by helping her leave her home to her daughter after her death. Now, Rose’s daughter does not encounter problems caring for Rose anymore. She can focus on caring for and spending time with Rose in Rose’s final days.
The SLRC has strong ties to organizations and agencies in the aging network. We have successfully collaborated on projects with Legal Aid of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Health Care Ethics Association, the Oklahoma Palliative Care Resource Center, and Sunbeam Family Services, to name just a few. Due to our positive reputation in the community, we frequently receive referrals from these organizations as well as Adult Protective Services and other government and non-profit organizations. Legal Aid, DHS Aging Services Division, hospices, long-term care facilities, and other organizations regularly distribute our educational materials.
In addition to the iFund grant, the SLRC has applied for additional resources to support this initiative from the Kerr Foundation, Hospice Foundation, Kirkpatrick Family Fund, Inasmuch Foundation, Bank of Oklahoma Foundation, and the Oklahoma Bar Foundation. Additionally, through funding from the Oklahoma Bar Foundation, SLRC provides student interns from OU and OCU law schools with the opportunity to work with attorneys to provide advice and assistance to elderly individuals. SLRC will leverage the funds provided by the Oklahoma Bar Foundation and the other participating foundations to further expand its services to homebound seniors and caregivers.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
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