Social Work Online Course 4: Legal issues of Incapacity and Planning for Cost of Care


Social workers should be familiar with legal terms that come up often in working with HD families and know when and where to refer for further legal expertise. Terms like substitute decision making, guardianship vs. conservatorship, spousal rights are some of the issues HD families may face.



Kelly Thompson, Attorney at Law, has more than 35 years of legal experience and has a specialty in elder care. She has helped HD families in the DC/VA area navigate their legal issues around health care decision making.


After attending this course, the social worker will be able to:

  • Name 2 documents that are helpful to families making health care decisions
  • Explain one difference between a payee and guardianship
  • Describe the role of the Durable Power of Attorney, DPOA