July 2019 Forum – Navigating the Long Term Care Maze

Navigating the Long Term Care Maze


As a consumer, it is easy to get lost in the maze of long-term care. Differentiating between…

  • skilled nursing care,
  • rehabilitation,
  • assisted living,
  • memory care,
  • home health care,
  • chore services
  • hospice care options,

…can be daunting, especially when you or your loved one needs help NOW.

Take a few minutes to assess your situation. Are you as educated as you should be? If not, you are not alone. A lot of people don’t know the difference between a nursing home and assisted living or between hospice and hospitals. We have to accept that humans, but Americans in particular, can find it difficult to acknowledge or embrace the aging process. Instead we run from it as fast as we can – and this paradigm can place us in a crisis when the inevitable (aging) occurs.

It is therefore wise to consult an unbiased source for quality information on your situation. Keep in mind that although a physician may seem to be the correct choice in asking about care options, they often are not. Also keep in mind that your diligence in seeking out the altruistic and unbiased source of information is imperative.

Our presenter, Brenna Galvin is returning by popular demand. This past October Breanna spoke to a packed house about the legal frameworks that everyone needs to be aware of as you age.  In January of this year she spoke about a much needed topic, Caregiving for Caregivers.  During this July forum, Breanna will dive into care options and explore funding streams for the types of long term care that may be needed as you or your loved on age. Specifically, she will discuss whether Medicare covers long-term care and what you need to know if you are unexpectedly hospitalized. She will also review other payor sources for care, such as Medical Assistance and Veterans benefits as well.

Our Presenter

Brenna Galvin, is a Shareholder and Elder Law Attorney at Maser, Amundson, Boggio & Hendricks, P.A. She practices in the areas of Long-term care planning, Veterans benefits, Medical Assistance, Estate planning, Disability planning, including Supplemental and Special needs trusts, and Estate and Trust Administration. Brenna provides resources that enhance her clients’ quality of life and gives her clients and their families comfort in knowing that they have planned for the worst, so they can live their best. Brenna chose to become an attorney because she believes law at its core is a helping profession. She draws her inspiration from intergenerational interactions in her own large family and years of working with seniors and individuals with disabilities.

Brenna is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Political Science, and she earned her Juris Doctor from William Mitchell College of Law. Brenna is involved in a number of professional and community organizations, including the Elder Law Governing Council of the Minnesota State Bar Association, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the Bancroft Neighborhood Association, Minneapolis Rowing Club, the University of Minnesota M Club, and Kairos Alive! Brenna was has been featured in the book, A Survival Guide to Aging. When Brenna is not working, you can find her exploring the North Shore, rowing on the Mississippi River, roaming farmers markets and art museums, and attending concerts and plays throughout the Cities.

Monday, July 8, 2019
Networking: 6:15 – 7:00 pm
Presentation: 7:00-8:30 pm
Location: Minnesota State University Mankato at Edina


Event fee: $15 for members; $25 for non-members.




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