Do You or Your Parents Have “One Foot on the Banana Peel?”

It had been over a year since our geriatric social worker, Lori, and I first met with and wrote about our client Jane, who came to see us because she was concerned about her parents. Since that time there have been many more Janes, all facing similar challenges.» Read More The post Do You or…

What Do We Do With the Stimulus Check for a Parent on Medicaid?

For most of us, the prospect of $600 (or perhaps even $2,000) appearing in our bank account is a welcome gift. However, if our loved one is on Medicaid it can fill us with concern. How can this money be used? Will it result in our parent losing benefits? Should I just give the money…

Social Security News: Stimulus and COLA

If you receive Social Security or SSI, you likely have already noticed that your check is slightly larger this year. The Social Security Administration has provided a 1.3% cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for benefit payments. This brings the federal SSI payment to $794.» Read More The post Social Security News: Stimulus and COLA appeared first on…

What Guardians Should Know About COVID and the COVID-19 Vaccine

Should I Consent to My Ward/Loved One Getting Vaccinated? Remember that you are obligated to consult your ward and apply the substituted judgment standard; that means making the decision based on their previously expressed wishes and values, not what you or their physician thinks is best for them.» Read More The post What Guardians Should…

ALS Disability Insurance Access Act Eliminates Waiting Period for Social Security Disability Benefits

In the final days of 2020, the President signed the ALS Disability Insurance Access Act. This new law eliminates the five-month waiting period for individuals with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) before they can receive Social Security Disability benefits. Many people do not know that if you become disabled and can no longer work, you must…

Will the COVID-19 Vaccine Bring Reform To Long-Term Care Facilities?

In recent days, The New York Times has devoted several articles to the long-term care industry and its failure in the pandemic. (See “This Is Why Nursing Homes Failed So Badly,” “Nursing Home Patients Are Dying of Loneliness,” and “Push for Profits Left Nursing Homes Struggling to Provide Care.”) One writer opined that after COVID…

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