CMS Issues Guidance to States on Reopening Nursing Homes: Universal Testing Needed to Lift Visitation Ban

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released guidelines on reopening nursing homes on Monday, May 18, with parameters around testing requirements and visitation — while emphasizing that nursing facilities will be among the last institutions that can safely reopen as the U.S. takes tentative steps toward moving out of COVID-19-induced lockdowns. CMS announced that states have flexibility on deciding how the criteria in the guidelines should be implemented, given the various ways the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting different communities.  Please note, these guidelines apply to nursing homes, [...]

By |2020-05-26T15:04:23-04:00May 26th, 2020|Blog, Nursing Home|

Apply for the new Coronavirus Commission on Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes

If you would like your voice heard about the future of nursing home care, here is your opportunity.  Nominations are now being accepted for the Coronavirus Commission on Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes.  You can nominate yourself or encourage others to nominate themselves.  President Trump announced the Commission on April 30th.   Its focus is to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the nursing home response to the COVID-19 pandemic and provide independent recommendations to help inform immediate and future responses to COVID-19 in nursing homes. Nominees to the commission [...]

By |2020-05-18T08:05:01-04:00May 18th, 2020|Blog, Nursing Home|

What should you do if a stimulus check was issued to a dead person?

The IRS has made some mistakes with the COVID-19 stimulus check program, and now Uncle Sam is asking for his money back. Ever since the CARES Act passed and promised coronavirus relief payments of up to $1,200 per adult to millions of Americans, people have had questions — from who is eligible and who gets paid first, to how do you track your stimulus check, and what do you do if the payment is the wrong amount or was sent to the wrong bank account. On May 6, 2020, [...]

By |2020-05-11T15:40:54-04:00May 11th, 2020|Blog, Law Update|

Mother’s Day, Alzheimer’s, and a Pandemic

Everyone is grieving something during these unprecedented times.  The loss of lives, the loss of our daily routines and for some the loss of special occasions that are usually celebrated during these months. My family and I have been mourning the loss of someone still living for the past few years. My mom has end-stage Alzheimer’s.  Watching your loved one slip away is painful and I often think about how it can’t possibly get worse, but then a global pandemic came along.   COVID-19 has changed the way we live [...]

By |2020-05-07T14:18:02-04:00May 7th, 2020|Around the Office, Blog|

End-of-Life Care Planning

I recently met with a son and daughter; their father in the hospital and needing a transition to long-term care.  When they first called to arrange the meeting, the purpose was to discuss how our team could facilitate a transition from the hospital to a nursing home, assist with protecting resources, and apply for Medicaid.  Between scheduling the meeting and the day of, their father’s health deteriorated shortly after acquiring COVID.   For fear of being impolite, the family kept the appointment.  We spent our time talking about their dad [...]

By |2020-05-06T09:14:21-04:00May 6th, 2020|Blog|

Recap of COVID-19 Virtual Panel Presentation

In these uncertain times, Rothkoff Law Group recognizes that the need for healthcare advocacy has become paramount. Our professional partners continue to advocate and set expectations for families and residents. Their need for accurate information, sharing best practices, and supporting one another has never been greater than during this fluid situation. Due to this need, on Thursday, April 30, 2020, Rothkoff Law Group sponsored a virtual panel on COVID-19 healthcare issues.  Jerry Rothkoff moderated a panel which consisted of Jeffrey DeFrehn, of Moorestown Visiting Nurse Association, Jennifer Hertzog, of [...]

By |2020-05-04T14:07:29-04:00May 4th, 2020|Around the Office, Blog|

Virtual Meeting for Professionals

Calling ALL Professionals.... Tuesdays at 3:00 PM for NJ and Thursday at 3:00 PM for PA Let's Start Talking: Working together to Utilize our Professional Partnerships when Advocating and Setting Expectations for Families and Residents. Facilitator: Rothkoff Law Group As a life care planning firm, we work very hard to establish relationships with various professionals of this industry with the goal that we can connect those services to our clients in their time of need. Now is the time where we as Senior Care Advocates can work together [...]

By |2020-04-30T12:08:26-04:00April 30th, 2020|Blog, News, Rothkoff Around Town|

Unusual Symptoms in Older Adults

Physicians and healthcare providers recently began noticing unusual symptoms of COVID infection in older adults.  Rather than the three typical markers - fever, insistent cough, and breathing difficulties – seniors may simply not act like themselves.  Some symptoms may be sleeping more than usual or irregular eating patterns.  Others could be uncharacteristic dizziness or falls.   According to Dr. Joseph Ouslander, professor of geriatric medicine at Florida Atlantic University’s Schmidt College of Medicine: “[Seniors’] immune response may be blunted and their ability to regulate temperature may be altered.”  Further, Dr. [...]

By |2020-05-01T09:29:48-04:00April 30th, 2020|Blog, Elder Care|

Book Review: On Vanishing: Mortality, Dementia, and What It Means to Disappear, by Lynn Casteel Harper

With the stay at home order still in place for the near future in most states, consider reading a new book examining the value of life lived with dementia published on April 14, 2020.    An Amazon review states “In an American society where an individual’s “value” is often measured by what they can do or generate, Lynn Casteel Harper offers a counterpoint to what it means to be of “value” in, of, and to the world. Through her personal stories and experiences as well as research and discussion with [...]

By |2020-04-27T08:33:28-04:00April 27th, 2020|Around the Office, Blog|

Coronavirus Stimulus Checks: Everything you need to know to receive the funds

The first wave of coronavirus stimulus payments of up to $1,200 apiece are on their way, arriving in bank accounts through set up direct deposit with the IRS.  Up to 150 million US residents may qualify for a payment. If you haven't yet received your one-time payment and haven't set up electronic funds transfer with the government, setting up direct deposit may help you get your money faster. Otherwise, you can expect a paper check in the mail. Is the money yours, free and clear? Yes. You don't have [...]

By |2020-04-20T18:50:27-04:00April 20th, 2020|Aging, Blog, Law Update, Medicaid|

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 |2020-04-14T09:19:16-04:00April 14th, 2020|Blog, Elder Care|

What lessons have been learned thus far about nursing home operations during the COVID-19 crisis?

All nursing homes, throughout NJ and PA, as well as around the country, by March 15, 2020, placed restrictions on family visitation except for compassionate reasons, such as pending death.  However, what has become clearer by the day, such visitation restrictions have not prevented the spread of COVID-19 within nursing homes.  Why? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report for March 18, 2020 may provide part of the answer.  The CDC investigated the spread of COVID-19 at the Life Care Center at Kirkland [...]

By |2020-04-13T10:03:02-04:00April 13th, 2020|Blog, Nursing Home|

Rothkoff Law Group Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Over 80 people, including current and former staff along with their guests gathered at a Center City Philadelphia restaurant on January 17, 2020 to celebrate our firm’s 20th anniversary. At the celebration, Jerry Rothkoff’s message to all those attending was “You are only as good as the people you associate with. Thank you to our entire elder care law team, our clients, and their families for your hard work, dedication, and faith in our office over the past twenty years. We look forward to many more years of doing [...]

By |2020-04-10T14:55:42-04:00April 10th, 2020|Article|

Rothkoff Law Was Well Represented at San Diego Conference

On March 4-6, 2020, 12 Rothkoff Law team members attended the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association (LCPLFA) annual conference in San Diego, CA. The Rothkoff team had the largest representation of any law firm in the country.  Jerry Rothkoff was asked by a conference attendee if he found value in bringing a dozen of his team across the country for three days. His answer was a resounding yes. He went on to say, “Our firm values continually educating our team. I find great joy in watching our team [...]

By |2020-04-10T14:51:05-04:00April 10th, 2020|Article|
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