Using Your Power of Attorney One of the most frustrating experiences for the clients of elder law attorneys can come when a properly prepared and completely valid power of attorney is rejected by a bank, brokerage house, insurance company or other financial institution. Clients (and, more to the point, their spouses, children or other agents […]

NJ Implements Long-Term Care Insurance Program The Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (”DRA”) authorized the expansion of the Long-Term Care Insurance Partnership Program into the various states. New Jersey’s Long-Term Care Insurance Partnership Program was approved by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (”CMS”) on February 12, 2008 and became effective on July 1, […]

As caregivers, we balance many different roles. Many of us have full-time jobs while caring for our parents. Many human resources executives believe that elder care will be to the 21st century what child care was to the last few decades. If you feel as if you’re the only caregiver attempting to balance your work and […]

It’s been a rough couple of weeks within our office. Some of our most beloved clients have passed away. For those of us left behind, it’s been especially difficult. Their children have come to me seeking advice on how to help their fathers through the grief process. This is especially poignant as I write this article […]

According to a recent article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, the New Jersey Office of the Public Advocate is investigating allegations that a company operating eight assisted living facilities in South Jersey improperly discharged residents when their savings ran out. Public Advocate Ronald K. Chen is scheduled to appear in Court in early June 2008 to […]

Your loved one wants to stay in their home for as long as possible. Yes, you’ve sat down and talked about moving into an assisted living community, but mom and dad want to age in place. Who could blame them? They’ve worked hard for what they have. Despite the resources available in the community to […]

Last week, I discussed the logistics inherent with moving your elderly parents closer to you, whether that means moving-in with you or transitioning them to a local assisted living or long-term care community. Now, that your parents are closer to you, how do you assist them in acclimating to their new environment? Many of them may […]

On Wednesday, May 14, 2008, the New York Times published an article regarding finding long-term care placement for those over 18 – “For the Disabled, Age 18 Brings Difficult Choices in Finding Health Care.” In our Elder and Disability Law practice, we are working with more and more clients who are under age 70 and […]

Two weeks ago, I spent a Sunday morning with my family and our office’s clients watching the movie Young @ Heart. The movie follows a choir of older adults, whose ages range from 72 to 92 years old. Despite sickness, having to master difficult alternative rock music ballads, a rigorous practice schedule, and even the death […]

We all know that our vision changes as we age. In addition, our ability to read, understand, and even process written material or concepts also shifts with the onset of the aging process. Therefore, as professionals working with older adults or as caregivers, we need to be aware of how we are presenting written material or […]

We all know that Medicare can get confusing. What is covered under Medicare A and B, and what is Medicare Part D? And what is Medicare Part C or Medicare Advantage Plans? Medicare is health insurance for people age 65 or older, under age 65 with certain disabilities, and any age with End-Stage Renal Disease […]

Young @Heart Posted by: Jerold E. Rothkoff Posted Date: Sunday, April 27, 2008 10:38 Last week I saw the movie,Young @ Heart.  Young @ Heart is a documentary regarding the lives of a group of senior citizen members of a choir in New England as they prepare for a performance.  If it sounds a little […]

Previously, I have written about legal documents needed to assist a relative or friend who has diminished mental capacity. However, what if a person who is now incapacitated has not already executed a financial or healthcare power of attorney? Often, relatives of elderly adults find themselves without the legal authority to help their loved ones […]

It’s about 11:00 a.m. on a Friday morning, and it’s been a long week. Your elderly loved fell or may have suffered a stroke or heart attack. You’ve been at the hospital every day, talking to the nurses and doctors about your mom or dad’s current condition and needs. Suddenly, you are told that he […]