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New Bill Promises to Streamline New Jersey Medicaid Application Process

The New Jersey legislature has unanimously passed a bill that promises to dramatically improve the implementation of Medicaid throughout the state. The bill has strong support by all stakeholders. Although it is expected that Gov. Murphy will sign the bill, advocates are urging the public to call and encourage him to do so. Based on…

The Problem of Observational Status in a Hospital

We recently got a frantic call from the daughter of one of our clients. Her mom, who was 89 but lived independently, had started to hallucinate and was brought to the Emergency Room of the local hospital. She was seen by the hospital physician and sent to a room. Testing was done that revealed a…

Will New Jersey Medicaid Pay for Home Care?

The good news is that Medicaid does pay for home care under both traditional Medicaid and the MLTSS (Managed Long Term Services and Supports) Program. However, the bad news is that the level of care provided is unworkable for many beneficiaries. Many of our clients have found that despite their desire to remain at home,…

Are You Suffering from Caregiver Burnout?

Caregiving is stressful. But how much stress is too much? There’s a fine line between “normal” stress and a level of stress that is harmful and debilitating. Often people say they feel burnt out, but what does caregiver burnout really mean? Five warning signs that caregiving is impacting you negatively, and you need to step…

Why Are Social Workers Vital to Elder Law?

I am often asked what Lori Kayne, the firm’s geriatric social worker, does. Anyone who has dealt with an aging parent understands the benefit of a social worker immediately, but others may not realize what a tremendous resource an experienced professional like Lori is. Recently Lori was on the phone with one of our prospective…

Home, Assisted Living, or Nursing Home: 5 Things to Consider

Families whose loved ones need long-term care are often overwhelmed and confused about what level of care is most appropriate. As a social worker, I assess the client in their home gaining important insights into this decision. Each client is different so there is no “right answer” as to when to choose home care versus…

10 Most Common Myths About Medicaid

1. I can’t give away anything and qualify for Medicaid. This is a complicated area of the law and readers should consult with a Certified Elder Law Attorney before they transfer their assets. Although transfers between spouses are exempt, transfers to persons other than spouses usually subject the donor to penalties that result in periods…

How Can I Protect Myself From Financial Exploitation as I Age?

In our office, we think a lot about solo seniors – older adults who live alone and have no immediate family. Right now we are working on an unfortunate case where multiple bad actors took advantage of a vulnerable woman, taking hundreds of thousands of dollars. Although their children and other close family members are…

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