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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|

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|

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|

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|

Making Connections at a Local Cafe

I have previously described my experience three years ago visiting the groundbreaking concept known as a “dementia village” in the Netherlands.  Another wonderful concept introduced in the Netherlands in 1997 is the “Memory Café”.  The Memory Cafe offers social activities for people living with Alzheimer’s and dementia — and their caregivers. Activities include art, music, poetry, presentations and social interaction. While a Memory Cafe is beneficial for those living with dementia, it is also beneficial for their caregivers as well. It is not a place to “drop off” your [...]

By |2020-08-21T12:11:31-04:00February 17th, 2020|Blog, Family|

Enjoying the Holidays With a Loved One With Dementia

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our friends, clients and their families.  The holiday season can be an anxious time of year for many.  It can be especially anxious time if a loved one has Alzheimer’s Disease or related dementia.  Your loved one who’s now living with dementia may have formerly been the cornerstone of family holidays and traditions. In order to cope with the changing family dynamics and still celebrate special times, sculpt new traditions and activities that include the old and familiar, while adjusting to your loved one’s [...]

By |2020-08-21T12:50:42-04:00November 25th, 2019|Blog, Family|

I Am Just The Kid

Several years ago, my parents were planning an overseas trip to Israel.  A month or so prior to their anticipated departure, my dad mentioned in passing that my parents needed to update their Wills; having not done so in 20 years.  I imagined that, in the back of their minds, the fear of an accident while abroad triggered this discussion. Bearing in mind that I am a nationally recognized expert in elder law, a practice area that encompasses estate planning, I offered my services free of charge.  I would [...]

By |2020-08-24T10:49:09-04:00June 17th, 2019|Blog, Family|

How to Properly Designate an Agent Under a Financial Power of Attorney on a Bank Account

It is very common for our office to draft and supervise the signing of a financial power of attorney for a client.  In many cases, the client names a child as his or her “agent” to assist due to the declining health of the parent.  The child is then required to take the document to the bank to be named as the agent on the parent’s bank account.  It is extremely important that the agent be designated properly.  The agent should be designated as “POA” in order it be [...]

By |2020-08-24T10:50:32-04:00June 10th, 2019|Blog, Family|

Enjoying the Holidays With a Loved One With Dementia

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our friends, clients and their families.  The holiday season can be an anxious time of year for many.  It can be especially anxious time if a loved one has Alzheimer’s Disease or related dementia.  Your loved one who’s now living with dementia may have formerly been the cornerstone of family holidays and traditions. In order to cope with the changing family dynamics and still celebrate special times, sculpt new traditions and activities that include the old and familiar, while adjusting to your loved one’s [...]

By |2020-08-25T11:51:56-04:00November 19th, 2018|Blog, Family|

Health & Well Being Activities for Seniors with Alzheimer’s or Dementia

It's hard enough for patients suffering from dementia or Alzheimer's to deal with the fact that they're slowly losing their memory and full cognitive functions. But it can be just as hard - if not harder - for children of Alzheimer's and dementia sufferers to watch their beloved parents endure these troubling diseases. Yet as difficult as this situation may be, it can be improved with the inclusion of specific activities for seniors with Alzheimer's or dementia that continue to keep patients engaged, both mentally and physically. Why Are [...]

By |2020-08-25T12:08:02-04:00September 15th, 2018|Blog, Family|

Older Adult Children Caring For Aging Parents

An analysis from the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College is the first study to document how often older adult children care for an aging parent.  The study found that 10 percent of adults ages 60 to 69 whose parents are alive serve as caregivers, as do 12 percent of adults age 70 and older.  The study’s finding include: While many formal long-term care services are available, cost concerns and personal preferences lead many to rely on informal care from adult children. At any given point, 6 percent [...]

By |2020-08-25T12:10:43-04:00August 27th, 2018|Blog, Family|

Grandparents Day – Making Lasting Memories

Grandparents should always be celebrated. They bring so much joy to our lives and enrich the experiences of children across the country. There's a lot to be said about extended families and the value that grandparents give to families. That's exactly why Grandparents Day was created. On September 9, National Grandparents Day will be celebrated in the US this year. Originally instituted back in 1978, Grandparents Day was passed by Congress proclaiming the first Sunday after Labor Day as the day the nation would celebrate Grandparents Day every year. [...]

By |2020-08-25T12:13:03-04:00August 15th, 2018|Blog, Family|

“Trusted Contact” Appointment Helps Protect Seniors From Financial Abuse

Amid growing concerns about the financial exploitation of seniors, industry regulators have put an emphasis on protecting seniors.   As a result, firms including financial institutions, including all banks are now required to request that clients provide a “trusted contact” whom the bank or firm can contact for several reasons, including but not limited to possible fraud or if an account holder appears to be incapacitated. The rule—which was proposed by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and approved by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and became effective February [...]

By |2020-08-25T12:21:43-04:00June 25th, 2018|Blog, Family|

Multigenerational Vacations This Summer

We are at the start of summer vacation season.  Thousands of families in our area will be planning their last trip to the Jersey shore. This year’s trip may include grandparents, aunts, and uncles in the family getaway. Multigenerational travel has recently become one of the fastest growing areas of the travel industry. According to the Travel Industry Association, each year more than 5 million family vacations include three generations.  As a result, many families now face the challenge of finding a vacation that is suitable for everyone from [...]

By |2020-08-25T12:27:53-04:00May 29th, 2018|Blog, Family|

Learn More About Your Family History with DNA Testing

Have you ever seen the TV commercials about DNA tests?   For many people in the United States, where they come from can be a bit of mystery.  Whether it is because of adoption, a family that has moved around a lot, or not having a well-documented family tree, the lack of knowledge has increased the popularity of mail-in DNA tests to shed light on one’s heritage. They can do more than just finding out where you are from, they can help with understanding your genetic make-up.    Below [...]

By |2020-08-26T11:44:21-04:00April 25th, 2018|Blog, Family|
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