As our loved ones age their need for healthcare and personal assistance tends to increase.  Whether your loved one is in the early stages of dementia, undergoing short term rehabilitation after a hospital admission, or in need of long term nursing home care, accessing the best care and figuring out how best to pay for it, can be overwhelming burdens.  Whenever this journey begins, advocacy is important to address all of these issues.

Our clients are often shocked to learn that while Medicare pays for short-term rehabilitation in a nursing home, Medicare will not pay a dime toward long term care in the same nursing home.  Our clients are also surprised to learn that Medicaid does not pay for assisted living or personal care in Pennsylvania.

Paying for long term care is not the only area of misunderstanding.  The actual care options are frequently misunderstood.  Families may mistakenly believe their love one requires a higher or lower level of care than is actually necessary; leading to further confusion and possibly higher expenses than necessary.

When starting your search for long term care, whether for yourself or a loved one, it is important to surround yourself with experienced professionals able to (i) advocate for the best care possible, in the least restrictive environment, (ii) figure out ways to pay for that care, and (iii) protect resources to maintain a high quality of life.

About Bryan Adler

Bryan Adler, Esq. is a Philadelphia based Certified Elder Law Attorney with offices in Trevose and South Jersey. Mr. Adler contributes educational articles and is a speaker on elder law topics including: life care planning, asset protection, veterans’ benefits, guardianship and related topics throughout Greater Philadelphia. Mr. Adler is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, serves on the Advocacy and Litigation Steering Committee, a Veterans Administration accredited attorney, a member of the Pennsylvania Association of Elder Law Attorneys and the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association, and a past member of the Hospice of Pennsylvania Ethics Board. Mr. Adler is a council member of the Drexel University School of Law Alumni Council. A graduate of Pennsylvania State University and Drexel University School of Law.

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