Happy New Year to all of our clients, families, and professional partners. We hope each of you had a meaningful time celebrating the holiday season with family. However, we need to keep in mind not everyone has the opportunity to spend the holidays with family. Our elder care law offices works with several clients who are considered “unsupported elders”, meaning they generally do not have local immediate family to assist them. Unfortunately, one of our clients in such a situation was transitioned to in-patient hospice on December 23, 2019. Our client has one daughter who lives on the West Coast. Over the past eight years, our office, particularly Jacinda Graham, our Client Services Director, has become a surrogate family to this client. Although our office is officially closed the week of Christmas through New Year’s Day, Jacinda Graham, spent several hours each day during the holiday week at our client’s bedside because no one should ever die alone. We come into this life with the help of another human being, and we should leave this life in the company of a human being. Thank you Jacinda for all you do. You set a shining example for all of us to follow.
About the Author: Jerry
Jerold E. Rothkoff, a practicing New Jersey and Pennsylvania attorney, is the Principal of the Rothkoff Law Group, an elder care law firm. Jerry dedicates his practice to serving clients in the areas of life care planning, long-term care planning, Medicaid & VA benefits, and advocacy for the elderly and disabled. He is past President of the NJ Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, former chair of the elder law section of the NJ State Bar Association, and past President of the Life Care Planning Law Firm Association. Jerry continues to be an outspoken advocate for the rights of the elderly and disabled. He writes for and gives presentations regularly to attorneys and other professionals about legal issues related to seniors and those with disabilities. Jerry’s community activities include the Twilight Wish Foundation, the Delaware Valley Stroke Council, the Alzheimer’s Association, as well as numerous other advocacy groups. When not in the office, Jerry spends time with his wife, Erica, and their five children, eighteen-year old identical twin girls, Liza and Julia, fifteen-year old fraternal twin boys, Evan and Gregory, and six-year old Aitan.