Scott Counsel PC - November 2019

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NOVEMBER 2019

great way to form a habit of gratitude that can break through even the most monotonous of Mondays. Finding reasons to be grateful daily can also lead to an appreciation of the little things. There’s no reason to save our gratitude for life’s great successes — though we should absolutely be thankful for them, too. Every small success or bit of enjoyment we feel in a day can be a cause for celebration. Maybe you had a great cup of coffee this morning or, even better, a good night’s sleep you really needed. I think one of the hardest things for anyone to do is to find reasons to be thankful in really difficult or challenging circumstances. I’ve dealt with tragedies and challenges in my own life, and I’ve done my best to guide my clients through some of those tough times as well. It’s not easy to be thankful in hard times, but trying to find reasons to be grateful can help us on our journey to the other end of the tunnel. Even though this year was long and busy and had its fair share of challenges, I’m glad I can still pick out a few things I’m thankful for. I’m thankful for my peers, the attorneys of southern New Jersey who voted me as one of Staying Thankful All Year Long

It’s sometimes easy to forget to be thankful for everything we have. That’s probably why we have to have a whole holiday dedicated to remembering to be thankful. Even when I look back at 2019 and try and pick out everything I have to be grateful for just within the year, I doubt I’ll remember everything. There’s just too much to immediately recall. What a problem to have, right? That being said, I’m sure most of us can remember a time, or many times, this year when it seemed like there wasn’t a lot to be thankful for. We all have our bad days — some of us have bad weeks or even bad months. Even then, I think it can be helpful to look for things to appreciate in the good times and the bad. There’s a lot of scientific research that supports the idea that increased gratitude can lead to better mental and physical health. So, even though gratitude might not be your natural reaction to a bad situation, it may be in your best interest to form a habit of being thankful. You can express thanks in many ways. Some people keep a gratitude journal where they take time out of their day to write a few lines about what they have to be thankful for that day. If you can do this on a daily basis, it’s a

the top attorneys in the area for 2019. It’s an amazing honor to have my hard work, and, by extension, the work of those at my firm, recognized this year. I am also unceasingly thankful for my wife, Samantha, and my daughter, Sofia. Samantha has supported me in everything I do, and she is constantly a positive force in my practice. I love them both very much. Thank you to everyone who has helped me, my family, and my practice get to where we are today. Happy Thanksgiving!

-Justin Scott

Christa’s Corner

care, assisted-living, and memory care). If you find yourself in a situation like this, it is very important to start thinking about future hospitalizations and what your loved one’s outcome may or may not look like. You will want to think about matters like power of attorney, wills, protection of assets, life resource planning, Medicaid, and guardianship before it’s too late. Scott Counsel P.C. can help you at every stage of the decision-making process including the care coordination of all your loved one’s needs. We will assess for appropriate care services and advise, plan, and support accordingly. You do not have to feel alone. Trust that our legal, financial, and clinical team can help. You’re Ready for Discharge From the Hospital What Happens Next?

In my 20 years of working on the inpatient and outpatient side of hospital systems, I have witnessed many patients and families being told they are ready for discharge with no warning. It’s like one minute you’re sick enough to be admitted to an acute care setting, then the next minute you are stable enough to be discharged. With a new diagnosis in hand, and new challenges to face, families and patients are left contemplating, “What do I do next?” If you are not familiar with insurance and the terms “post-acute care” and “long-term care,”making a decision can be very scary. Patients and families are also often not aware of the different levels of care, either (acute rehabilitation, skilled rehabilitation, custodial

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