Assisted Living Facility Costs as Tax Deductions

Many caregivers of our clients who are residents of an assisted living facility inquire as to the tax deductibility of the costs of assisted living expenses.   The IRS provides rules for deducting certain qualified long-term care costs as medical expenses. Normally, the costs of nursing home care should be deductible, but the status of Assisted Living Facility (ALF) costs has not been as clear. For ALF residents, qualified long-term care costs are “necessary rehabilitative services, maintenance or personal care services that are (1) required by a chronically ill individual, [...]

By |2020-02-07T09:23:51-05:00January 27th, 2020|Assisted Living, Blog|

Nanny Cam Program Available From the NJ Division of Consumer Affairs

New Jersey’s “Safe Care Cam” program has recently lead to the filing of abuse charges against a private caretaker allegedly caught on hidden camera assaulting 90-year-old Woman residing in a Bergen County assisted living facility. The Safe Care Cam program is designed to address New Jersey’s growing concerns about elder abuse, a fear being fueled nationwide by increased media accounts of caregivers caught on hidden cameras physically or verbally assaulting their charges. The NJ Division of Consumer Affairs created the Safe Care Cam program to make cameras and memory [...]

By |2020-02-07T11:50:30-05:00January 21st, 2019|Assisted Living, Blog|

Assisted Living Options in PA and NJ

Did you know that this week is National Assisted Living Week? For more than two decades, National Assisted Living Week has been celebrated every year, which aims to recognize the crucial role that assisted living centers play in the lives of seniors and others with disabilities. Each year, those affiliated with assisted living are appreciated and recognized, and National Assisted Living Week can help get everyone get better acquainted with what assisted living facilities can do to maintain the highest quality of life for those who need such assistance. [...]

By |2018-09-17T12:04:47-04:00June 15th, 2018|Assisted Living, Blog|

Assisted Living Facility Costs as Tax Deductions

As tax season approaches, caregivers of assisted living residents typically have questions regarding the process for deducting assisted living facility (ALF) costs on federal individual income tax returns. The Internal Revenue Code (IRC) provides rules for deducting certain qualified long-term care costs as medical expenses. Normally, the costs of nursing home care should be deductible, but the status of ALF costs has not been as clear. For ALF residents, qualified long-term care costs are “necessary rehabilitative services, maintenance or personal care services that are (1) required by a chronically [...]

By |2017-02-04T17:58:41-05:00February 4th, 2017|Assisted Living, Blog|

How to Select a Long Term Care Facility

Navigating the long-term care continuum can be very confusing. There are so many facilities out there, and each one has its own advantages. How do you choose the best facility for your loved one? It’s almost as bewildering as trying to find the right bathing suit, only so much more important! There are various tools available online. The federal government‘s website, Nursing Home Compare, provides information regarding skilled nursing facilities participating in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. CMS posts state survey results and staffing levels and quality measures reported by [...]

By |2018-06-28T12:47:40-04:00April 15th, 2016|Assisted Living, Blog, Elder Care|

The Difficult Choice of Placing a Loved One in a Nursing Home

We work with many families who agonize over the necessity to place a loved one in a nursing home.  It is never an easy decision.  As an elder care law firm, our goal is to help the caregiver loved ones do what is best for the elderly individual, and minimize the financial and emotional impact on a spouse and other loved ones.  The below link is a Washington Post article about this difficult choice. Washington Post Article

By |2016-02-21T10:15:51-05:00February 21st, 2016|Aging, Assisted Living, Blog, Caregiver, Elder Care, Family, Health Law, Medicaid, Medicare, Nursing Home|

Did You Say You Use to Ballroom Dance?

Did You Say You Use to Ballroom Dance? By Jerold E. Rothkoff           Janie DeLeon Male, our Director of Care Coordination, regularly prepares notes to the file subsequent to her meetings with clients.  I spend about an hour on the weekend reviewing her very detailed notes in order to be aware of the issues involving each of our clients. Janie, along with our other two care coordinators, regularly meets with our clients in their home, assisted living community, or in a nursing home.  She attempts to obtain a complete [...]

By |2016-01-29T13:23:54-05:00January 29th, 2016|Assisted Living, Blog, Caregiver, Elder Care, Family, Nursing Home|

Announcing Rothkoff Law Group’s 2016 Focus on the Professional Seminar Series

We want to thank all of our clients, their families, and professional friends and colleagues who have made our elder care firm seminars so successful by attending our Professional and Caregiver Seminar Series over previous years.  We are proud to announce our 2016 seminar series for long term care professionals.  We will continue to offer continuing education credits to social workers, case managers and administrators in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.  Seminars  are scheduled in the morning, afternoon, and early evening (for our popular dinner seminars) to best accommodate your schedule. Please click [...]

Integrating the Elderly in Society

Like many Americans, every morning I wake up and get ready for work, then get my daughter up and ready for daycare.  I drop her off in an environment similar to many schools with children reading or playing, art work on the walls, teachers and parents having conversations.  My mother has a different morning; she wakes up and gets ready to spend the day with her mother at a nursing home to sit next to her and think of different topics to discuss or pictures to look at.  Recently, [...]

By |2015-12-07T14:48:04-05:00December 18th, 2015|Assisted Living, Blog, Elder Care, Family|

Sunday With Sinatra (and my dad)

December 12, 2015 would have been Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday.  My dad loved Frank Sinatra.  I vividly remember as a child driving on Sunday mornings with my dad in his Oldsmobile 98 listening to Sid Mark and Sunday with Sinatra.  As a young child, I did not understand how my dad could enjoy that type of music.  Back in the 1970s, there was no escape from the Oldsmobile and Sinatra, as I did not have an IPhone, IPad, or satellite radio at my disposal.  However, as I have aged, [...]

By |2015-12-13T11:54:43-05:00December 13th, 2015|Assisted Living, Blog, Elder Care, Family, Nursing Home|

What is the LIFE Program?

In my last blog posted on July 10th I discussed the new trend called “Village Living” where seniors decide to stay home with support instead of choosing to live in a traditional health care community.  This is only one of the many alternatives to the community setting and services available to seniors today.   Another valuable resource for aging seniors in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, that is not as well known, is the Living Independently For Elders program or LIFE Program. The LIFE program is a managed care program that [...]

By |2015-11-06T17:30:33-05:00November 6th, 2015|Aging, Assisted Living, Blog|

The Zahner Decision – Court Approves Use of Medicaid Compliant Annuities

Since the passage of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (“DRA”), the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (“Department”) has attempted to limit the use of annuities in the asset protection strategy known as “half-a-loaf” gifting.  Half-a-loaf gifting is a technique used to reduce a Medicaid applicant’s resources by gifting one-half of his or her resources to a family member, usually a son or daughter, and using the remaining one-half to purchase a DRA compliant annuity. The applicant becomes eligible for Medicaid because he or she has no resources and [...]

By |2015-10-18T14:59:47-04:00October 18th, 2015|Aging, Assisted Living, Blog, Elder Care, Law Update, Medicaid, Nursing Home|

Is Being A Helicopter Daughter Such a Bad Thing?

A wonderful article from the New York Times comparing being a helicopter parent to being a helicopter daughter caring an elderly father.  Click on the link below to read the NYTs article. Helicopter Daughter

By |2015-09-27T18:22:30-04:00September 27th, 2015|Aging, Assisted Living, Blog, Caregiver, Elder Care, Family, Nursing Home|

Illinois Passes Law to Allow Video & Audio Monitoring in Nursing Homes – Should PA & NJ Do the Same?

Illinois has recently joined the small list of states to pass a law that allows nursing home residents and their families to place video or audio monitoring devices in resident rooms.   Illinois joins Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Maryland who have previously enacted granny cam statutes.  The new law allows residents of nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities or their family members to purchase and install video or audio monitoring devices in their rooms. The critical provisions of the new law are as follows: Allow for audio and video electronic monitoring devices in resident [...]

By |2015-08-30T10:43:51-04:00August 30th, 2015|Aging, Assisted Living, Blog, Caregiver, Elder Care, Family, Health Law, Law Update, Nursing Home|

CPR or DNR for Elderly Patients?

As one of three geriatric care coordinators with our office, families and clients often ask me whether they should obtain an order from the doctor for “Do Not Resuscitate” or whether they should allow the assisted living or nursing home staff to perform CPR or Cardiopulmonary resuscitation on them, should they be found unresponsive in their assisted living apartment or nursing home room. I would always include the nurses from the assisted living or nursing home in that discussion with the family and I, as they are the ones [...]

By |2015-09-17T12:36:12-04:00August 28th, 2015|Assisted Living, Blog, Nursing Home|
Load More Posts