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 |2020-07-14T10:12:21-04:00July 14th, 2020|Article, Blog, Elder Care|

Local Elder Law Attorney Recognized as Super Lawyer “RISING STAR” Four Years in a Row

PRESS RELEASE TREVOSE, PA (July, 2020) - Pennsylvania-based Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA),  Bryan J. Adler, has earned an esteemed reputation advising and counseling clients in the areas of elder care law, life care planning, asset protection, veterans’ benefits, estate planning, guardianships and long-term care advocacy for both Pennsylvania and New Jersey residents. As a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Mr. Adler serves on the Practice Development and Success Committee.  He is also a member of the Pennsylvania Association of Elder Law Attorneys and the [...]

By |2020-07-10T09:30:08-04:00July 8th, 2020|Around the Office, Blog|

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|

Rothkoff Law Group Adapts Well to Operational Changes

I am proud to report that the team at Rothkoff Law Group is adapting well to operational changes required by the COVID-19 pandemic. Life has changed for all of us during the current COVID-19 pandemic. For the safety of ourselves and those we care about, we have been forced to distance from our friends, family, clients, professional partners, and our co-workers. Like most small businesses during this time, Rothkoff Elder Care Law Group was forced to change the way we do business and find a ‘new normal’. Operational Changes [...]

By |2020-06-29T16:11:02-04:00June 29th, 2020|Around the Office, Blog, News|

NJ Long-Term Care Facilities to Restart Visits

The State of New Jersey has announced directives for long-term care facilities to restart visits with family and friends. Beginning June 21, New Jersey's nursing homes, assisted living residences, dementia care homes, pediatric transitional care homes, and comprehensive personal care homes, can welcome reunions with loved ones in a designated outdoor space. Individuals should check with long-term care facilities for specific visitor policies. Pursuant to the NJ Department of Health Directive, measures that must be in place to reduce risks.  Directives for long-term care facilities to restart visits A [...]

By |2020-06-22T09:23:28-04:00June 22nd, 2020|Assisted Living, Blog, Family, Nursing Home|

The Future of Elder Care After COVID-19

What will the future of elder care look like after the COVID-19 pandemic? We are excited to announce that Rothkoff Law Group will be hosting a Virtual Town Hall with Eloy Van Hal, the co-founder of the Dementia Village, a small-scale senior housing community in the Netherlands. He is setting the standard for the what the future of elder care could look like. Let me share how we came to be a part this exciting community forum. Over three years ago, Jerry Rothkoff traveled to the Netherlands as part [...]

By |2020-06-15T17:50:30-04:00June 15th, 2020|Assisted Living, Blog, Elder Care|

Rothkoff Law Group Continues to be an Educational Resource

For over fifteen years, Rothkoff Law Group has been an innovator in providing educational opportunities for both consumers and long-term care professionals regarding elder care law issues.  Although we still cannot conduct in-person education seminars, in some ways, our education outreach is greater than ever before. We continue being a resource through virtual platforms, including networking opportunities for our professional partners, private client only platforms, and  webinars performed by our experienced elder care law team, as well as expert guest panelists and speakers. Our goal has been to address [...]

By |2020-06-22T14:41:14-04:00June 8th, 2020|Around the Office, Blog|

The Need to Reform the U.S. Long-Term Care System After COVID-19

On May 27, 2020, the New England Journal of Medicine published an article entitled, “ Long-Term Care Policy after COVID-19 — Solving the Nursing Home Crisis”.  The authors argue that the tragedy unfolding in nursing homes over the past three months is the result of our country’s decades of neglect of long-term care policy.  Specifically, “COVID-19 has exposed the cracks in our tenuous system of providing and funding long-term care, and there are no easy fixes. But we believe we are well past due for comprehensive policies that take [...]

By |2020-06-01T17:53:38-04:00June 1st, 2020|Blog, Nursing Home|

CMS Issues Guidance on Reopening Nursing Homes

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 reopening nursing [...]

By |2020-06-22T14:53:31-04:00May 26th, 2020|Blog, Nursing Home|

Apply for the New Coronavirus Commission

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 |2020-06-22T15:01:43-04:00May 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 |2020-07-07T10:06:43-04:00April 30th, 2020|Blog, News, Rothkoff Around Town|
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