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Update on Telehealth Insurance Coverage

Over the past year, telehealth insurance coverage has evolved. While telehealth is not a new practice, it has become much more widely utilized since the outbreak of COVID-19.  Historically, telehealth was utilized in certain instances, such as for patients who lived in more rural areas with limited access to resources. In regard to telehealth insurance coverage, effective March 2020, Medicare began covering these visits under much broader guidelines and were paid at the same rate as in-person visits. Some of the most common technology platforms include FaceTime, Zoom, Google [...]

By |2021-03-02T11:35:53-05:00February 4th, 2021|Blog, Elder Care, Health Law|

Personal Reflections on Being Thankful in the Face of the Pandemic

As a Director of Care Coordination of Rothkoff Law Group, I have unfortunately witnessed how the current pandemic has affected the lives of so many vulnerable older adults. As we still digest our Thanksgiving dinner and prepare for the holiday season before us, many people (myself included) are facing the disappointment, anger, and grief of not being able to spend the holidays with our loved ones as we have in years past. Sure, I had my own personal woes that I can attribute to “typical 2020;” but I have reflected [...]

By |2020-11-25T08:24:50-05:00November 25th, 2020|Around the Office, Blog|

Recognizing and Treating Depression in Older Adults

Recognizing depression in older adults can sometimes be a challenge. National Depression Screening Day is held annually on October 8th. While depression is not necessarily a normal part of aging, it is a serious medical issue that afflicts many older adults. Common life events such as feelings of isolation, losing loved ones, retirement, undergoing serious medical procedures, or receiving a new medical diagnosis may contribute to these feelings of loss and sadness. Depression in older adults may often go unnoticed and undiagnosed in older adults. Symptoms of mental health [...]

By |2020-10-02T10:04:55-04:00October 2nd, 2020|Blog, Caregiver|

Preparation is the Key to Successful Elder Care

When considering the needs of your aging parents, preparation is indeed key. Growing up, my mom had a cartoon cut-out from The Philadelphia Inquirer of “Dilbert” on our refrigerator that read: “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” It was not until years later that I learned these were the wise words of Benjamin Franklin. Regardless of the source, this was a mantra often repeated in our household and remains with me today. If these last few months have taught us anything, it is that preparation is [...]

By |2020-08-14T13:35:51-04:00August 14th, 2020|Blog, Elder Care, Family|

Elder Care Coordination During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Our director of care coordination discusses how we advocate for our clients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Next month marks six years since I made the decision to join the Rothkoff Law Group as an elder care coordinator. Upon joining the firm in 2014, I worked with two other care coordinators to make the care coordination team a dynamic trio. In the years prior to my role at Rothkoff, I was employed as a long-term care community social services coordinator and discharge planner. Six years later, I am now the [...]

By |2020-07-13T10:53:24-04:00July 6th, 2020|Blog, Elder Care, Family, News|

Elder Care Resources for Southeastern Pennsylvania

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 individuals who desire to remain home we often recommend interventions from transportation options, medical alert pendants and medication dispensers to home visiting physicians. We have referred to Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) that [...]

By |2020-08-26T12:23:13-04:00October 20th, 2017|Blog, Elder Care|

Seniors and Kids – The Power of Technology

The prevalence of depression among aging seniors is an unfortunate reality.  It is estimated that about 6 million individuals over the age of 65 are suffering from the disease.  I recently read that the World Health Organization stated that, “Older people who feel they are a burden perceive their lives to be less valuable, putting them at risk of depression and social isolation." It is understood that the benefits of intergenerational connections among seniors and kids can help older adults feel a greater sense of fulfillment. Fortunately, we have [...]

By |2020-08-26T12:47:54-04:00July 28th, 2017|Aging, Blog|

Are Family Reunions Making a Comeback

  When I was seven years old, I remember my parents receiving an invitation via mail cordially inviting our family to an extended family reunion for my mother's side of the family at a local reception venue.  Although too young to appreciate it then, I remember the curiosity and excitement my mother had in the weeks leading up to the event.  I overheard her on the phone with her mom and siblings discussing if "aunt so-and-so" would be there or if "cousin what’s-his-name" would make the trip. It is [...]

By |2020-08-27T10:54:39-04:00May 26th, 2017|Blog, Family|

Caregivers & Dementia – Tips to Make an Impact Together

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 Teepa Snow, a renowned expert in the field who developed the “Positive Approach to Dementia Training.” The program provides tips and techniques for the most productive and appropriate manner to provide better care for [...]

By |2020-08-27T12:47:16-04:00February 17th, 2017|Blog, Elder Care|

Technology Gifts for Seniors this Black Friday

With Black Friday here, bargain shoppers everywhere are enjoying the special offers by retailers to kick off the holiday shopping season. It has been predicted that offline sales this year will hit over $10 billion (that’s billion, with a B!); however, with the option to indulge in sales via the internet, online purchases are expected to sore over $5 billion, up for more than 10% from last year. So what’s in-store for buyers?  Of course keeping up with the advancements in technology is on everyone’s list. With a new [...]

By |2020-08-28T11:12:33-04:00November 25th, 2016|Blog|

Running for a Happy, Healthy Life

On Sunday, May 1, 2016, I was one of the 40,000 people who pounded the pavement in the torrential rain for the annual Blue Cross Broad Street Run in Philadelphia, PA.  The iconic race is the largest 10-miler in the country, attracting people of all ages and races from around the world.  This was my seventh year making the trek down Broad Street leading us through the eclectic neighborhoods of Philadelphia, beginning in the Olney section and ending at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. Running has been a favorite past time of mine since college. Before then, [...]

By |2020-08-28T11:56:44-04:00June 3rd, 2016|Around the Office, Blog|

Benefits of Coloring with Seniors

When we think of "coloring," many may think of the traditional color-by-numbers or basic coloring books for toddlers, but who knew something so juvenile could offer great benefits even for adults?  More intricate adult coloring books are available that stimulate both hemispheres of our brains, triggering fine motor skills as well as problem-solving.  Art therapists suggest this activity can offer stress relief and promote organizational skills, as research suggests that the repetitive action of coloring releases the neurotransmitter serotonin, responsible for relaxation. Although it may seem like just the [...]

By |2015-12-07T13:38:06-05:00December 11th, 2015|Blog, Elder Care|

Dog Days of Summer

On the twenty-first of June, we welcomed the much anticipated summer season.  While many of us are celebrating the summer's rising temperatures over the cold winter we had endured, it is important to remember to protect our elderly loved ones during these dog days of summer from heat stroke and other heat-related health risks. As we age, our bodies experience more trouble regulating body temperature. The onset of chronic medical conditions such as poor circulation, heart and lung disease, and dementia put our loved ones at risk.  In addition, [...]

By |2015-09-17T12:40:24-04:00August 14th, 2015|Aging, Blog, Family|

Aging? There’s an “App” for that

With the combination of the aging population growing at astounding rate and the advancement of modern technologies, the concept of "connected aging" is surging. Connected aging incorporates internet based programs and mobile devices to allow for caregivers and the older adults to take an integrated approach to promote their physical, mental, and social well-being. As more and more individuals strive to age in place, technological advancements such as medication-reminder pill boxes, mobile GPS devices, apps for mental and physical exercise, sleep monitors and vital sign monitors allow them to [...]

By |2015-06-02T15:05:21-04:00April 17th, 2015|Aging, Blog|
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