All posts by: Jerry

About Jerry

Jerold E. Rothkoff, a practicing New Jersey and Pennsylvania attorney, is the Principal of the Rothkoff Law Group, an elder care law firm. Jerry dedicates his practice to serving clients in the areas of life care planning, long-term care planning, Medicaid & VA benefits, and advocacy for the elderly and disabled. He is past President of the NJ Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, former chair of the elder law section of the NJ State Bar Association, and past President of the Life Care Planning Law Firm Association. Jerry continues to be an outspoken advocate for the rights of the elderly and disabled. He writes for and gives presentations regularly to attorneys and other professionals about legal issues related to seniors and those with disabilities. Jerry’s community activities include the Twilight Wish Foundation, the Delaware Valley Stroke Council, the Alzheimer’s Association, as well as numerous other advocacy groups. When not in the office, Jerry spends time with his wife, Erica, and their five children, eighteen-year old identical twin girls, Liza and Julia, fifteen-year old fraternal twin boys, Evan and Gregory, and six-year old Aitan.

Each time my family returns home from vacation, my wife typically says, “I love my home.”  That may be partly due to a little too much family bonding among our seven immediate family members during our week vacation.  However, my wife is like most people who love their home and would like to remain in […]

For the fourth time this year the Social Security Administration (SSA) is warning seniors about fraudulent Social Security and Medicare communications targeting their benefits and their wallets.  Jim Borland, acting deputy commissioner for communications at the SSA said in a recent blog post titled Don’t Be Misled by False Medicare or Social Security Ads that […]

An analysis from the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College is the first study to document how often older adult children care for an aging parent.  The study found that 10 percent of adults ages 60 to 69 whose parents are alive serve as caregivers, as do 12 percent of adults age 70 and […]

Medicare has started mailing new Medicare cards to all beneficiaries in New Jersey.  The new cards wills contain: New number called MEDICARE BENEFICIARY IDENTIFIER (MBI) 11 characters, mix of letters and numbers Random number  – not associated with SSA number, or how collecting benefits IMPORTANT REMINDERS: New cards are FREE. Beware of scams asking for […]

According to the Kaiser Health News, Medicare has recently lowered its star ratings for staffing levels in 1 in 11 of the nation’s nursing homes — almost 1,400 of them — because they either had inadequate numbers of registered nurses or failed to provide payroll data that proved they had the required nursing coverage. Medicare […]

Billionaire Bill Gates and Estée Lauder Cos chairman emeritus Leonard Lauder last week said they will award $30 million over three years to encourage development of new tests for early detection of Alzheimer’s disease.   For Microsoft co-founder Gates, launch of the Diagnostics Accelerator program follows an announcement in November of a personal investment of $50 […]

Recent data from a review of nursing home payroll records by Kaiser Health News reveals frequent and significant fluctuations in day-to-day staffing of nursing homes nationwide, with particularly large shortfalls on weekends. On the worst staffed days at an average facility, the new data show, on-duty personnel cared for nearly twice as many residents as they did […]

Our son, Evan, entering his senior year of high school, is interning at our office this summer. He assists with opening files and scanning documents into our system, along with working on marketing projects including updating our Senior Guides. After his first week, his first observation was how well we work together, and readily share […]

Amid growing concerns about the financial exploitation of seniors, industry regulators have put an emphasis on protecting seniors.   As a result, firms including financial institutions, including all banks are now required to request that clients provide a “trusted contact” whom the bank or firm can contact for several reasons, including but not limited to possible […]

In 2013, the federal government began fining hospitals for high hospital readmission rates in an attempt to curtail premature discharges and to encourage hospitals to engage in better discharge planning.  Staring in October 2018, the federal government will be giving nursing homes bonuses or penalties based upon their Medicare rehospitalization rates. Many health experts believe […]

As you heard on last Friday morning, Anthony Bourdain died at the age of 61.  Like many, I enjoyed his show, Parts Unknown.  Without knowing what haunts someone’s inner thoughts, who would not have wanted to have stepped into the shoes of Anthony Bourdain for a short while to eat some great food, drink some […]

Access to telehealth services for seniors may take off in the coming years thanks to the CHRONIC CARE Act, signed into law in February 2018.  The new law was part of the newly approved federal budget that enables virtual doctor visits for Americans covered by Medicare Advantage plans. The new law will make it easier […]

Father’s Day typically gets outshined by Mother’s Day, at least if you compare the two days based upon consumer spending.  A Father’s Day gift you may want to consider is the new nonfiction book, “Pops”, by Pulitzer Prize winning author, Michael Chaban.   “Pops” is a collection of seven essays on fatherhood, each of which shines […]

We are at the start of summer vacation season.  Thousands of families in our area will be planning their last trip to the Jersey shore. This year’s trip may include grandparents, aunts, and uncles in the family getaway. Multigenerational travel has recently become one of the fastest growing areas of the travel industry. According to […]

As an elder care law firm, many people think to contact us on behalf of themselves or a loved one when an individual’s health care needs becomes a crisis.  In many cases, this means an individual needing care is age 75 plus and receiving care at home, in an assisted living community, or a nursing […]