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 |2020-08-14T13:25:16-04:00August 14th, 2020|Assisted Living, Blog, Elder Care, Nursing Home|

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|

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|

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|

Unusual Symptoms in Older Adults

Unusual Covid Symptoms in Seniors 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 unusual covid symptoms in seniors 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 [...]

By |2020-06-16T14:46:07-04:00April 30th, 2020|Blog, Elder Care|

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|

The Need for Medicare Dental Coverage

Medicare has done so many wonderful things for older Americans since its inception in 1965.  However, to date, traditional Medicare does not cover dental care. Traditional Medicare does not cover preventive dental services like exams, cleanings, and x-rays.  Nor does it cover basic or major restorative services and items like fillings, extractions, root canals and dentures.  When such dental work must be performed in a hospital setting due to the severity of the procedure or the patient’s underlying medical condition or clinical status, Medicare will cover the costs of [...]

By |2020-02-07T09:48:11-05:00December 9th, 2019|Blog, Elder Care, Medicare|

Drexel University Hosts Focus Group for Mobile App to Keep Seniors Safe at Home

The Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions’ AgeWell Collaboratory is seeking the assistance of health care professionals working with seniors to evaluate a mobile app to keep older adults safe at home.  If interested, please refer to the information below.     Greetings AgeWell Collaboratory Organizational Partners: We are writing to see if you would like to join us on a fun and interesting research project! The College of Nursing and Health Profession’s AgeWell Collaboratory is partnering with the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations (PACDC) and the Dornsife Center Wellness HUB to respond [...]

By |2020-02-07T10:11:14-05:00July 15th, 2019|Blog, Elder Care|

How to Recognize Depression in Older People

While depression isn't necessarily a normal part of aging, it is a serious medical issue that afflicts many older adults. In fact, it's a common issue among the elderly. According to the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, about one-quarter of older adults assessed by healthcare providers suffer from some level of depression. That said, depression is often not recognized in older adults. Further, it often not properly treated at this stage in life. Without adequate treatment, depression can have serious consequences on an older individual's ability to enjoy life [...]

By |2020-02-21T10:58:17-05:00January 15th, 2019|Blog, Elder Care|

Innovative Ways to Pay for Long-Term Care

As today’s article in the Philadelphia Inquirer details, traditional long-term care insurance policies are in disfavor.  The primary factor is due to unexpected substantial increases in insurance premiums. As a result, it is incumbent upon both the public and private sectors to be innovative in offering alternatives to traditional LTC insurance.  The State of Minnesota has been a leader in long-term care delivery reform.  Minnesota may soon experiment with two ideas.  The first is allowing an individual to buy a term life insurance policy that automatically converts to long-term [...]

By |2020-02-07T11:51:32-05:00January 7th, 2019|Aging, Blog, Elder Care|

2018 Alzheimer’s Association Facts and Figures

The Alzheimer’s Association recently published its 2018 Alzheimer’s Association facts and figures. Among the updated findings include the following: Alzheimer's and dementia research funding at the federal government is $1.8 billion An estimated 5.7 million Americans, including nearly 300,000 in the Delaware Valley, are living with Alzheimer's disease 16 million professionals are providing care for those with dementia across the country Alzheimer's is the most expensive disease in the country, costing an estimated $277 billion in 2018 including $186 billion in Medicare and Medicaid costs. You can read the entire [...]

By |2018-04-02T11:55:47-04:00April 2nd, 2018|Blog, Elder Care|

How To Plan Care In Your Later Years

An article appeared in Sunday's edition of The New York Times entitled Single? No Kids? Don’t Fret: How to Plan Care in Your Later Years.  The article is about unsupported elders and how they are making plans for the future since they have no network of support.  In essence, this is what we do & why Rothkoff Law Group is structured to handle these types of clients and issues. To read the article in its entirety click here.  

By |2018-03-27T12:45:29-04:00March 25th, 2018|Blog, Elder Care|

Edith + Eddie – A Complicated Love Story

The Academy Awards will be handed out this evening.  You  probably have heard about or scene all of the movies nominated for best picture, best actor and actress, and best director.  However, you are less likely to have heard about a film nominated for an Academy Award for best documentary short subject, Edith + Eddie. The short film tells  the story of Edith and Eddie, ages 96 and 95, America's oldest interracial newlyweds. Their love story is disrupted by a family feud about caring for an aging parent that threatens to tear the [...]

By |2018-03-04T12:32:53-05:00March 4th, 2018|Blog, Elder Care|
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