Assisted Living

As tax season approaches, caregivers of assisted living residents typically have questions regarding the process for deducting assisted living facility (ALF) costs on federal individual income tax returns. The Internal Revenue Code (IRC) provides rules for deducting certain qualified long-term care costs as medical expenses. Normally, the costs of nursing home care should be deductible, […]

Navigating the long-term care continuum can be very confusing. There are so many facilities out there, and each one has its own advantages. How do you choose the best facility for your loved one? It’s almost as bewildering as trying to find the right bathing suit, only so much more important! There are various tools […]

We work with many families who agonize over the necessity to place a loved one in a nursing home.  It is never an easy decision.  As an elder care law firm, our goal is to help the caregiver loved ones do what is best for the elderly individual, and minimize the financial and emotional impact on a […]

We want to thank all of our clients, their families, and professional friends and colleagues who have made our elder care firm seminars so successful by attending our Professional and Caregiver Seminar Series over previous years.  We are proud to announce our 2016 seminar series for long term care professionals.  We will continue to offer continuing education credits […]

Like many Americans, every morning I wake up and get ready for work, then get my daughter up and ready for daycare.  I drop her off in an environment similar to many schools with children reading or playing, art work on the walls, teachers and parents having conversations.  My mother has a different morning; she […]

December 12, 2015 would have been Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday.  My dad loved Frank Sinatra.  I vividly remember as a child driving on Sunday mornings with my dad in his Oldsmobile 98 listening to Sid Mark and Sunday with Sinatra.  As a young child, I did not understand how my dad could enjoy that type […]

In my last blog posted on July 10th I discussed the new trend called “Village Living” where seniors decide to stay home with support instead of choosing to live in a traditional health care community.  This is only one of the many alternatives to the community setting and services available to seniors today.   Another valuable […]

Since the passage of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (“DRA”), the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (“Department”) has attempted to limit the use of annuities in the asset protection strategy known as “half-a-loaf” gifting.  Half-a-loaf gifting is a technique used to reduce a Medicaid applicant’s resources by gifting one-half of his or her resources […]

Illinois has recently joined the small list of states to pass a law that allows nursing home residents and their families to place video or audio monitoring devices in resident rooms.   Illinois joins Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Maryland who have previously enacted granny cam statutes.  The new law allows residents of nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities or […]

As one of three geriatric care coordinators with our office, families and clients often ask me whether they should obtain an order from the doctor for “Do Not Resuscitate” or whether they should allow the assisted living or nursing home staff to perform CPR or Cardiopulmonary resuscitation on them, should they be found unresponsive in […]

Instead of the traditional health care community such as, an Assisted Living or Continuing Care Retirement Community a new approach to caring for today’s aging senior population are popping up all over.  Maybe you have read about or have seen on TV this new concept called “Village living”.  An Elder Village or Senior Village is […]

Our office assists clients in all settings, including the home, independent living, assisting living, personal care, group homes, hospitals, LTACS (long term acute care hospitals), inpatient hospice units, sub-acute rehabilitation, and skilled nursing communities. Depending on the setting and the person’s wishes, we need to discuss resuscitation orders including DNR, DNI, DNH, and POLST forms.  […]