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Important CMS Update on Nursing Home Visitation

After six months of strict visitation restrictions in nursing homes, on September 17th, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a memo significantly easing those restrictions. The new guidance, which is effective immediately, permits outdoor visitation, indoor visitation, and compassionate care visits and lays out a framework for those visits.  CMS notes that this guidance replaces all previous guidance.  Highlights of the September 17 memo include: General Guidance About Visits Visitation should be person-centered, consider the resident’s physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being, and support their quality of [...]

By |2020-09-21T08:42:42-04:00September 21st, 2020|Health Law, Nursing Home|

The Importance of Nursing Home Care Plan Meetings

As an elder care law firm, our emphasis is on health care advocacy via our five elder care coordinators. For those clients in a nursing home setting, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is vitally important to engage in health care advocacy since loved ones are unable to regularly visit or participate in person in care plan meetings. This article will discuss what is a care plan meeting and why it is so very important for families to participate in the care plan to be aware of their loved [...]

By |2020-09-16T16:20:54-04:00September 16th, 2020|Assisted Living, Blog, Caregiver, Elder Care, Family, Nursing Home, Uncategorized|

Caring for Elderly Parents as an Only Child

Let's look at the challenges of caring for elderly parents as an only child. Growing up as an only child, I would repeatedly ask my parents why I did not have a sibling. I vividly remember my mother’s response. She believed in “one child per family.” While most of my friends had larger families, I did not readily accept this somewhat odd response, but I moved on. Now, at age 50, I have come to realize that the question I should have been asking was what will happen when [...]

By |2020-09-09T13:44:28-04:00September 9th, 2020|Blog, Caregiver, Elder Care|

Reviewing Your Health Insurance During Medicare Open Enrollment

As Fall approaches, everyone looks forward to the crisp weather, pumpkin spice and Halloween, but here at Rothkoff Law Group, it also means preparing for the Medicare open enrollment period. Open enrollment in 2020 will run October 15, 2020 through December 7, 2020. Any changes made during this time will take effect for 2021. While many may ultimately not need to make any changes at all, it is a good reminder to assess your needs for the upcoming year. During open enrollment, you can make the following changes: Change [...]

By |2020-08-31T09:49:27-04:00August 31st, 2020|Blog, Medicaid, Medicare|

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|

Do You Understand Your Long-Term Care Insurance Policy Well Enough to Use It?

Many people have long-term care insurance but don't understand the policy well enough to use it. Since starting with Rothkoff Law Group in 2010, I have assisted dozens of clients with filing long-term care insurance claims. The good news is that many of our now clients had the foresight to purchase these policies anywhere from 10-25 years ago. Since that time, they have continued to pay their often-increasing premiums and rarely reviewed the actual policy. Based upon my experience, I have come to realize many people do not familiarize [...]

By |2020-08-17T13:37:59-04:00August 17th, 2020|Assisted Living, Blog, Elder Care|

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|

Dealing with an Unexpected Discharge from a Nursing Home

Last week my phone rang, it was the daughter of a client. She had an emergency. An unofficial Rothkoff Law Group motto is “There are no elder law emergencies…for us. But for the families we work with, there are.” The emergency was that mom, in need of long-term nursing home care, was soon to be discharged from a local nursing home because they had no “long-term care beds available”. The facility was recommending a variety of other nursing home options. The family was very pleased with the care the [...]

By |2020-08-27T12:32:33-04:00August 14th, 2020|Assisted Living, Blog, Elder Care, Nursing Home|

Does Medicare Pay for Nursing Home Care?

Many people are under the misperception that Medicare will pay for nursing home care. Medicare, the federally funded health insurance received upon attaining 65 years of age, will only pay for skilled nursing care under certain circumstances and then only for a limited period of time. When you have been discharged from a hospital stay of at least three days to a Medicare-approved skilled nursing facility, and if you require “skilled” care for treatment of the condition for which you were hospitalized, Medicare will pay 100% of the cost [...]

By |2020-07-28T10:57:44-04:00July 28th, 2020|Blog, Medicaid, Medicare, Nursing Home|

Making the Medicaid Application Process Easier

The Medicaid application process is notoriously overwhelming and beginning to gather the information that will be required can be daunting. Whether applying for Medicaid in Pennsylvania or New Jersey, the caseworker assigned to the file will request to review five years’ worth of bank statements with accompanying documentation. This requirement, known as the “five-year lookback”, is unavoidable and can be an intimidating roadblock. As Public Benefits Coordinator for Rothkoff Law Group, I have been assisting clients with the Medicaid process for almost six years. Below are three tips for [...]

By |2020-08-21T10:27:52-04:00July 21st, 2020|Blog, Medicaid|

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|

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 |2020-08-21T10:37:31-04:00July 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|
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