Elder Care

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 […]

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 […]

Due to the current economic, political and clinical climate, the need to advocate for quality of care and quality of life for long-term care residents is growing. The best way to accomplish this goal is through education. Long-term care is a broad term that encompasses a variety of social services and is geared to support […]

  It is no secret that navigating the long-term care system is an overwhelming process. In New Jersey, there are 21 counties and each county has an Area Agency on Aging. Services funded and available through the Area Agencies on Aging may include information and assistance, outreach, transportation, case management, homemaker, respite, telephone reassurance, legal assistance, education, […]

“My loved one was diagnosed with dementia… now what?” This is a question that is all too common for folks that come to Rothkoff Law Group. If your loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia, you are not alone. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 15 million Americans provide […]

I am a proud graduate of the Philadelphia Public School system.  Today, like many large urban public school systems, The Philadelphia School  District struggles with educating students who may be in crisis at home.  As a result, the school district recently announced plans to hire 22 school social workers to address the emotional and psychological needs of students […]

“Where do you see yourself in five years?”  I remember this question from guidance counselors in high school, career counselors in college, and prospective employers in the real world.  In those instances, the idea was to identify educational and career goals.  However, I find myself frequently asking this of our clients. Over the past several […]

Summer is here and judging by the 90+ degree heatwave we just had, it is going to be a loooong three months. Back in August 2009, I wrote a blog on “Summertime Tips.” But, in doing research to write this current blog on “Heat Warnings in Seniors,” I wanted to review some points from my […]

  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 […]