Elder Care

Over Thanksgiving weekend, my family and I saw the new Pixar movie, Coco.  The result of which is now I recall crying watching two animated Pixar films.  Up, my all-time favorite Pixar movie, and now Coco.  Like so many Pixar films before it, Coco indulges the belief that kids know best, while it’s up to adults to come […]

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 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 […]

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 […]