On Wednesday, May 14, 2008, the New York Times published an article regarding finding long-term care placement for those over 18 – “For the Disabled, Age 18 Brings Difficult Choices in Finding Health Care.”

In our Elder and Disability Law practice, we are working with more and more clients who are under age 70 and suffering from some  form of cognitive impairment.  For these individuals, searching for suitable housing is not always an easy task.

Long-term care housing generally is not designed for younger individuals in need of nursing home care.  Yet, more and more younger individuals are in need of a nursing home level of care.  We need to be able to provide proper care for these individuals and develop a new clinical model for facilities to work with a younger population.

One solution is to develop a more homelike setting, especially for those over the age of 18 who have aged out of pediatric facilities.  Caring for a younger population is yet another challenge facing us in the long-term care field.

About 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.

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