Elder Care

  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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

  Over the past decade, baby boomers have watched their parents impoverish themselves paying for long term care; often because a health crisis necessitated an unexpected need for such care.  Having watched this happen, more and more adult-children are seeking options available now to protect their assets in the event they have a long term […]

What is distracted driving? How can we take steps to stay focused on the task of driving? Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. We have all heard the saying “Driving is a privilege not a right”.  If you cannot devote 100% of your […]

“Find the best, most independent care possible and figure out how to pay for it without going broke”. This summarizes our goal as an Elder Law Firm and almost always the goals of our clients and their loved ones.  Unfortunately, this seemingly simple goal is exceedingly complex. The focus of Elder and Life Care Planning […]

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There are many benefits from the power human interaction, especially when interacting with an individual with a diagnosis of dementia. A simple internet search can offer many resources to educate caregivers on proper techniques when caring for someone with cognitive impairments. One resource I often share with family members of my clients is that of […]

As a parent and a practicing attorney, I love the New Year’s season, which brings along with the hats, horns and glittery ball dropping in Time’s Square, the opportunity to reflect on what worked well during the past year, and to plan for the future.  In the coming days, set aside some time to consider […]

On January 1, many of us find ourselves joining our friends and family in making a New Year’s Resolution.  According to Nielsen the top new year’s resolution is to get fit or physically healthier. Also, about half of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, but only 8% succeed. With the New Year comes an opportunity to […]

2017 Elder Law Numbers The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the new Medicare premiums, deductibles, and co-payments for 2017: Basic Part B premium: $109.00/month (was $104.90 in 2016) Part B deductible: $183 (was $166 in 2016) Part A deductible: $1,316 (was $1,288 in 2016) Co-payment for hospital stay days 61-90: $329/day […]

On occasion, we are referred a potential client from social services of a local nursing home or assisted living community who has no immediate family or friends who can assist the resident.  In some cases, our elder care law firm, in essence, becomes the resident’s “family”.  We regularly visit the senior at home, in an assisted living […]

Thinking about long term care can be overwhelming.  Particularly how to get the best care possible and figure out how to pay for it without going broke.  Fortunately, starting early and seeking professional assistance will ease much of this burden. The following are four tips to consider when you start planning early for your long […]