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Elder Care Law Case Study – Addressing the Needs of an Elderly Parent and Her Special Needs Adult Child

Mary’s mother and sister needed help. Lots of it. The sister, Violet, is developmentally disabled and needs 24-hour care. Janice, their mother, was Violet’s sole caregiver for over 50 years. Mary knew that Janice was becoming increasingly confused, but it seemed like she was still taking great care of Violet. Then, Janice and Violet went for a long walk that ended with them wandering into a local nursing home and Janice asking if they could move in. Alarmed, a manager at the facility called for help. Janice was admitted [...]

By |2021-02-25T13:23:22-05:00February 18th, 2021|Aging, Assisted Living, Blog, Caregiver, Elder Care, Family, Nursing Home|

Helping Seniors Stay Connected During the Surge

Let's look at what we can be helping seniors stay connected during the pandemic surge. I think I was more upset about my father having Thanksgiving alone than he. My small family is scattered across the states, and it was not safe for us to be together. While I worry about my dad living solo, he sees friends, can handle facetime without tech support, and is the master of the pithy text. Not all seniors are faring as well. Physical and mental limitations cause many of our nation’s seniors [...]

By |2020-12-01T08:30:13-05:00December 1st, 2020|Blog, Elder Care, Family|

Will I Lose My House if I Go on Medicaid?

One question I am almost always asked: Will I lose my house if I go on Medicaid? Throughout my legal career – beginning as a public interest attorney in Philadelphia through my work at Rothkoff Law Group – I have given many community presentations on advanced-care planning and long-term care. This is the one question I am almost always asked. First, to clarify, Medicaid is a health insurance program administered by the states and jointly funded by the states and federal government. Medicaid programs vary by state, but generally [...]

By |2020-10-13T12:44:31-04:00October 13th, 2020|Blog, Medicare, Nursing Home|

Long Term Care Residents Can Vote and Should Vote

Long term care residents can vote and should vote. It is their constitutional right even in the midst of a pandemic. The latest coronavirus challenge: How do we hold a general election during a pandemic? As the politicians, media, advocacy groups, and pundits debate the merits of remote voting, one voice is notably absent – advocates for residents in long-term care communities. While some of the more cantankerous long-term care residents may disagree, moving to a long-term care setting does not strip people of their rights as citizens. Long [...]

By |2020-08-25T10:22:19-04:00August 25th, 2020|Assisted Living, Blog, Elder Care, Nursing Home|

Is it Okay for Seniors to Have Elective Surgeries?

Let's weigh the risks to seniors from elective surgeries during the pandemic. My 71-year old father lives in Maryland alone. I live in New Jersey and am his closest relative. (My brothers hightailed it to California years ago.) This past fall he had back surgery in Maryland. It was difficult to support him through the procedure and recovery from a distance, especially with two young children and a job. When he began discussing a long-overdue knee replacement, we decided he would have it done in New Jersey. The surgery [...]

By |2020-08-21T10:29:59-04:00July 14th, 2020|Article, Blog, Elder Care|

Coronavirus Scams: Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones

It’s not news that seniors are particularly vulnerable to internet and telemarking scams, especially if they live alone.  Many of these scams are well documented.  Seniors are targeted because they hold the majority of the nation’s wealth, and scammers have picked up on what some refer to as “age-associated financial vulnerability” causing some seniors to be more susceptible to financial exploitation.  Scammers, fraudsters, and all-around bad people are honing their exploitation skills by developing schemes to take advantage of the new pandemic.  Products are being sold to prevent COVID-19. [...]

By |2020-08-21T11:31:41-04:00April 14th, 2020|Blog, Elder Care|

The Struggles of LGBT Seniors: Eyes Opened Wide

When I first began practicing law in 2007, only one state permitted same-sex marriage – Massachusetts. Estate plans were indispensable for same-sex couples. Hospitals prohibited same-sex partners from making end-of-life treatment decisions for one another.

By |2020-08-24T10:47:28-04:00June 24th, 2019|Aging, Blog|

Tethering Dementia Patients to their Former Selves

A Patients Understanding of Dementia In his poignant essay, “How Much a Dementia Patient Needs to Know”,  Dr.  Oliver Sacks asks, “[s]hould we have told Mr. Q. that he was no longer a janitor but a declining and demented patient in a nursing home?” Through portraits of former dementia patients, Dr. M. and Mr. Q., Dr. Sacks shows how they flourished (at times) when given the freedom to be who they knew best -- themselves. When admitted as a long-term resident of a hospital where he formerly served as the [...]

By |2020-08-24T11:14:17-04:00March 18th, 2019|Aging, Blog|
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