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.

The Role of Private Equity Ownership in Nursing Home Care

In this week's blog, we discuss the role of private equity investment in nursing homes and what states are doing to address these issues. Nursing homes owned by private equity firms have higher mortality rates, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). Over the past 18 years, private equity (PE) investment in nursing homes increased 20-fold, from $5 billion to $100 billion. “Private equity’s business model involves buying companies, saddling them with mountains of debt, and then squeezing them like oranges for every dollar,” so says United States Representative Bill Pascrell from New Jersey, of PE companies purchasing [...]

2021-11-09T15:52:08+00:00October 27, 2021|

Pennsylvania Updates Nursing Home Regulations

Acknowledging that current statewide nursing home regulations are insufficient to meet the physical, psychological and social needs of residents, Pennsylvania announced a number of changes this past week.  One of the most significant being a 35% increase in direct care provided to each nursing home resident -  4.1 daily hours, up from 2.7. Although lessons learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic contributed to these new nursing home regulations, studies show that raising the number of care hours improves quality of care, prevents infections, falls, malnutrition, and dehydration.  In short, more care creates better outcomes. Of course, any new law, regulation or [...]

2021-11-09T16:26:41+00:00August 5, 2021|

Thank you, Marie: An Anecdote from an Elder Care Lawyer

As an elder care lawyer, I have had the privilege of meeting and assisting countless families and seniors over the years. And over those years, some stand out in the mind…like Marie. In February 2017, Marie left her home and transitioned to a personal care home. Her husband was in poor health and in a nursing home. She had no children and needed an elder care lawyer to help her navigate these changes. Given her situation, Marie’s close friend scheduled a meeting with myself, Kathleen Magee, our Director of Care Coordination, and Marie to discuss how our team of elder [...]

2021-11-09T16:48:16+00:00May 18, 2021|

Can a Nursing Home Require Vaccination of Residents and Staff?

A recent article in the Doylestown Patch detailed that Neshaminy Manor, a Bucks County, Pennsylvania nursing home, announced they will require all staff to accept the COVID-19 vaccination.  Those staff that choose not to vaccinate risk losing their jobs.  This naturally leads to the question - Can a nursing home require vaccination of staff as a condition of continued employment?  Can any employer?   The answer is rather murky. Generally, if failure to vaccinate puts other employees, clients, or the public at risk of infection, then employers may require vaccination as a condition of an employee’s return to work.  This is [...]

2021-11-09T18:53:35+00:00January 22, 2021|

There is No Place for Politics in Elder Care Law

It is my personal opinion that there is no place for politics in elder care law. I recently discussed the election during a dinner conversation with a friend. We discussed our political views and opinions. He correctly observed he never sees political opinions on my Facebook or LinkedIn pages. He inquired why I chose not to engage in a political discussion, suggesting whether it was because I wanted to be perceived as apolitical from a business perspective. In a way, he was right, but not for the reasons he thought. Many years ago, I represented an elderly stroke survivor whose [...]

2021-11-09T18:59:23+00:00November 11, 2020|
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