Philadelphia has it all: Museums, amusement parks, historical sites, opera, ballet, theatre, art galleries, music, sports, nature, and more! Who needs New York City when one can go to concerts at Mann Center for the Performing Arts, see spectacular gardens at Longwood Gardens, view the dinosaurs at the Academy of Natural Sciences, or attend […]

We insist that every client walking through our door have a standard set of documents that are needed to assist in an array of the situation.  While this is often referred to as “basic estate planning”, it is actually rather complicated.  The following is a breakdown of the three documents: 1) General Durable Power of […]

Eight months after publishing a final rule on the Revised Requirements of Participation for Nursing Facilities banning pre-dispute arbitration agreements for nursing home residents and family members, CMS is issuing new proposed regulations that rescind resident protections against these arguably unfair provisions. According to CMS, it “now believe[s] that an outright ban on pre-dispute arbitration agreements […]

As a social worker, I am often asked how I stay calm and patient, when interacting with a dementia client, who presents with tear-fullness and confusion, or asks repetitive questions. Here are three tips: 1) I take a deep breath and speak with the dementia patient, slowly and calmly.  Our patients, whether they are diagnosed […]

The Rothkoff  team were guests at these events around Greater Philadelphia: BCBA Law Day Dinner @ Ramblewood Country Club On May 2nd Jane M. Fearn-Zimmer, Esq. attended the Burlington County Bar Association’s Law Day Dinner at Ramblewood Country Club in Mount Laurel.  Assignment Judge Ronald Bookbinder gave his annual State of the Courts address. Did […]

The rate of deaths related to Alzheimer’s Disease jumped by 54.5 percent over 15 years, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There were 93,541 deaths related to Alzheimer’s disease in 2014, a rate of 25.4 deaths per 100,000 population, up from 44,536 deaths in 1999, a rate of […]

  When I was seven years old, I remember my parents receiving an invitation via mail cordially inviting our family to an extended family reunion for my mother’s side of the family at a local reception venue.  Although too young to appreciate it then, I remember the curiosity and excitement my mother had in the […]

Effective April 1, 2017, the State of New Jersey has increased the Medicaid penalty divisor to $423.95 per day.  This means that for every about $13,000.00 that is gifted within the Medicaid five year look back, New Jersey will impose a one month period of Medicaid ineligibility. The Medicaid divisor increased from $332.50 per day to $423.95 […]

A local personal care home recently invited me to speak to a dementia support group hosted in their community.  I was asked to speak on options available to finance the high cost of long-term care and options to protect assets, particularly for a spouse.  15 people attended. Before we started, I asked everyone to briefly […]

  I come from a family of nurses. My mom, mother-in-law, brother-in-law, and all of my aunts and cousins, and extended family are nurses. Growing up in a family of nurses, here is what I’ve learned about them: 1. Nurses have an unbelievable work ethic. One eight-hour shift is never enough. They are always readily […]

Acute shortages of home health aides and nursing assistants are cropping up across the country, threatening care for people with serious disabilities and vulnerable older adults.  The emerging crisis is driven by low wages, partly funded by state Medicaid programs — and a shrinking pool of workers willing to perform this physically and emotionally demanding work: helping […]

The Rothkoff  team were guests at these events around Greater Philadelphia: One-Year Anniversary Celebration @ The Bridges at Warwick On April 11th Bryan Adler and Kathleen Magee attended the One Year Anniversary Celebration at The Bridges at Warwick in Jamison, where they networked with other elder care professionals.  The event was held in the beautiful personal […]

To end National Pet Month, I am republishing our story about our dog, Bobby the Pug, originally published in 2006.  Bobby has been gone over 10 years, but our family will be forever blessed by his memory. Bobby The Pug:  Life lessons Learned, by Jerold E. Rothkoff “We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment […]