As Washington continues to be embroiled in the impeachment hearings and the Democratic Presidential election goes on, according to a new report from AARP, about 12% of Pennsylvania and New Jersey adults are caregivers. Pennsylvanians provided $18.2 billion in care compared with $12.9 billion for caregivers in New Jersey. Nationally, the nation’s 41 million family […]

Medicare coverage of nursing home care depends on a resident’s need for skilled nursing and/or therapy, not the resident’s potential for improvement. However, too many nursing home residents continue to be denied skilled services on the basis of an “Improvement Standard,” which was firmly rejected by the court-approved settlement in Jimmo v. Sebelius.  In order to help […]

On October 24, 2019, over 225 long-term care professionals gathered at the Sheraton Bucks County Hotel in Langhorne, PA for a full day of learning and networking at the 2nd annual PA Rothkoff Law Group Eldercare Symposium entitled, “Person Centered Elder Care: Transitioning Theories into Practice. The day starting the keynote address, Understanding People with […]

Jeff Borghoff was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease at age 51.  Since his diagnosis, he has been an advocate for those with Alzheimer’s Disease, being a member of the Alzheimer’s Association National Early-Stage Advisory Group, and a participant in a clinical trial.  He spent three years as a participant in the Biogen clinical trial, undergoing weekly […]

Pursuant to the Center for Medicare Advocacy, on October 1, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) implemented a new payment system for Medicare-covered nursing home stays—the “Patient Driven Payment Model” (PDPM). PDPM creates new financial incentives for nursing homes and new challenges for nursing home residents. One of the biggest challenges for residents […]

You’re never too old to dream! At Rothkoff, our days are filled with helping the elderly and those with elderly loved ones, but this New Jersey native has decided to spend his golden years on a new adventure. Ninety-three year old veteran Ray Boutwell – who has called Jersey home since 1942 – opened his […]

Important Update to Nursing Home Compare Website Will Enable Public to Identify Facilities with a History of Abuse The below is from a Joint alert from the Center for Medicare Advocacy and the Long Term Care Community Coalition. On October 7, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced changes to Nursing Home […]

On September 28, 2019, I attended a conference sponsored by the Philadelphia Inquirer, entitled “Telling Your Health Story”.  The conference was created to help more storytellers from the health world find their widest audience while expressing their most authentic voices.  I was particularly struck by a presentation by the director of the narrative writing program […]

On September 30th, Stephanie Fisch, Director of Public Relations and Community Education, volunteered at the Alzheimer’s Association Marlton, NJ office to help prepare for the upcoming Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Philadelphia. Students from the Lions Club unloaded a truck full of supplies and the volunteers counted and organized all walk supplies, promise garden flowers, […]

Rothkoff Law Group is pleased to welcome Siobhan Discigil to our team as an Elder Care Coordinator.  Siobhan has several years of experience working with seniors in different capacities. Siobhan began her elder care career as a social worker for a continuing care retirement community, assisting residents with transitioning into their new home, supporting them throughout […]

As of September 16, 2019, nursing homes nationwide can begin asking residents (or their representatives) to sign a pre-dispute arbitration agreement. The Trump Administration reversed a previous prohibition on such agreements in a July 2019 final rule. Although there is ongoing legal action to overturn the Administration’s rule, implementation has not been delayed for the […]

Steven R. Sabat, Ph.D. — Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Georgetown University Steven R. Sabat is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Georgetown University. He received Georgetown College’s Edward B. Bunn Award for Excellence in Teaching three times (1988, 1995, 2013), the Georgetown College Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching (2003) and the College Academic Council’s Award […]

Rothkoff Law Group is pleased to welcome Cara Willis to our team as Elder Care Coordinator. Cara comes to the firm with over ten years experience as a social worker in Mercer County, New Jersey.  Her most recent experience is in an acute rehabilitation facility, where she worked directly with patients and family members to navigate […]

Art Exhibit by ARTZ Philadelphia ARTZ Philly’s mission is to provide opportunities for self-expression and for the rebuilding of self-esteem and dignity to people with dementia and those who care for them. We achieve this mission through evidence-based programs that connect people living with dementia and their care partners with artists, cultural organizations, and each […]

Joyce Evans of Fox29 News recently interviewed two Rothkoff staff members regarding Alzheimer’s and other age-related debilitating diseases. Both Stephanie and Linda know first hand the trials and tribulations of caring for a parent with Alzheimer’s disease. Stephanie’s mother, Lois, who used to work alongside her daughter at Rothkoff Law Group, is currently battling the […]