It has become increasingly difficult to navigate the health care system.  Especially if you are older and have multiple chronic illnesses.  Specifically, it means that if you’re hospitalized, you have a good chance of being treated by a physician you’ve never met and undergoing questionable tests and treatments that might end up compromising your health.  It […]

As the internet becomes increasingly central to the lives of many Americans, seniors, too, are developing a larger presence online. Online shopping, dating, news and politics, and social media outlets are just a few of the mediums seniors are participating in via the internet. We can even grocery shop online through a growing number of […]

On November 1, 2017, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released new data on staffing levels in U.S. nursing homes.  Staffing is key to the quality of care and safety provided by a nursing home.  CMS has released, for the first time, information on nursing home staffing that is based on payroll or other auditable data […]

Veterans Day is November 11, 2017.  This is a day we need to take a moment to tell our veterans we appreciate their dedication and sacrifice. There are several ways we can honor and care for our vets.  Volunteering at a local American Legion or Veterans of Foreign Wars is a good way to show […]

Lost amid the uproar following recent news reports that GOP lawmakers are considering capping pretax 401(k) contributions at $2,400 annually — compared with $18,000 currently — was some good news from the IRS, of all places. The tax agency has announced new, higher contribution limits in 2018 for various retirement savings accounts. Individuals who participate […]

The Rothkoff  team were guests at these events around Greater Philadelphia: Rothkoff NJ Client Appreciation Brunch @ Woodcrest Country Club On October 1st Rothkoff Law Group hosted its annual NJ Client Appreciation Brunch at Woodcrest Country Club.  It was wonderful to see so many of our clients!  A big thank you to all of or […]

We regularly assist a child in caring for an aging parent.  Our elder care law office helps the family navigate the long-term care process by providing access to home and community services including VA benefits, Medicaid benefits, and advocacy to get the best care for your loved one. The current  issue of Consumer Reports Magazine gives some excellent advice to caregiver children attempting to […]

Medicare health and drug plans make changes each year—things like cost, coverage, and what providers and pharmacies are in their networks. October 15 – December 7 marks the annual Open Enrollment Period when individuals with Medicare can change their Medicare health plans and prescription drug coverage for the following year to better meet their needs. Per […]

The availability of care in a home and community setting is of the upmost importance for seniors and those with disabilities.  However, in many states, including New Jersey and Pennsylvania, there are serious barriers to accessing the needed community services. As a result, Consumer Voice has created a new guide – “Understanding and Advocating for […]

As one of the five Elder Care Coordinators with Rothkoff Law Group, it is my role to help identify appropriate resources available for our clients. Fortunately, for the aging population in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties, there are many resources available to them to ensure their long-term care needs continue are sufficiently met. For those […]

Pursuant to the Social Security Administration, monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for more than 66 million Americans will increase 2.0 percent in 2018, the Social Security Administration announced today. The 2.0 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more than 61 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2018.  […]

Life Care Planning is defined as a holistic approach to managing a loved one’s long-term care. Life Care Planning encompasses legal services, elder care coordination, and advocacy in order to better assist elderly clients and their families in response to the challenges presented by aging. Through Life Care Planning, the Elder Law team is able […]

According to a recent survey conducted by Genworth Financial, long-term care costs are surging and the most expensive option — a private nursing home room — may soon top $100,000 per year on average nationally.  However, in the Philadelphia and South Jersey areas, average annual nursing home costs already exceed $100,000 up to at least $150,000 […]

The Rothkoff  team were guests at these events around Greater Philadelphia: End of Summer Cool Down @ CareOne Evesham On September 11th, Jacinda Graham, our NJ client services director, attended the End of Summer Cool Down at CareOne at Evesham Assisted Living, where the ice cream and our colleagues from the long-term care community were […]

In the wake of the recent hurricanes that have devastated Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and several other Caribbean islands, emergency preparedness, especially for the vulnerable adult population, has become a priority. The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long Term Care has put together a list of resources relating to emergency preparedness and the vulnerable adult […]