Sometimes numbers don't add up, and this can be disturbing when you're talking about the well-being of senior citizens. The population is aging rapidly. Members of the baby boomer generation are now reaching retirement age. It is estimated that by 2030 there will be 72.1 million people in the United States that are over the age of 65. This is almost double the number of senior citizens that we have currently. … [Read more...] about Robot Caregivers On the Horizon
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Recently an elder law colleague related the following. His client was sued by a nursing home for nonpayment, claiming nearly $60,000 in unpaid services. The client had applied for Medicaid, but his application was denied and the case was on appeal. The problem was that the client’s daughter signed the nursing home admissions agreement for him, so now both of them were being sued. The daughter was his power of attorney and the nursing home knew this, but she didn’t sign "POA" … [Read more...] about Who Pays for Nursing Home Care?
Every once in awhile we get good news from the courts. Such was the case in October 2012 when the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit rendered its decision in the Lopes case. … [Read more...] about A Rare Case of Good News About Medicaid
There may well come a time when a role reversal occurs and you find yourself in a position where you have to take care of your parents or a single parent to one extent or another. Many people are proud and they do not want to tell their children that they are having difficulties either physically or cognitively. And of course, some people with cognitive problems are not fully aware of them. … [Read more...] about Are Your Aging Parents Still Fully Capable?
They say that the numbers don't lie, and this is certainly the case when considering the possibility of needing long-term care. Most people for example, expect to live until they’re at least 65. If you reach that birthday, studies show that men have a 60% chance of living until the age of 80. For a 65-year-old woman, that number increases to 71%. But the older you get, the more likely you are to need assistance. An estimated 70% of people over the age of 65 will require some sort of … [Read more...] about Long-Term Care: Do the Math
There was a recent court ruling in Connecticut that is of interest to people in the elder law community, and it sheds some light on the risks that you take when you enter into legally binding contracts. The case we are referring to is Cook Willow Health Center v. Judy Andrien. Ms. Andrien is the daughter of a woman who was in need of long-term care. She arranged for her mother to be admitted into the Cook Willow Health Center, which is a nursing home. At the time of admittance Andrien … [Read more...] about Signing a Nursing Home Contract? Talk to a Lawyer
A lot of people don’t realize that Medicare offers only limited coverage when it comes to nursing home stays, and in most cases there is no coverage at all unless the patient was admitted to the hospital for at least three days prior to being admitted to a nursing facility. What this means is that a number of seniors must pay out of pocket if they must enter a nursing home in order to receive rehab services.Due to certain Medicare rules, many people are being placed in a hospital setting not as … [Read more...] about Nursing Home Rehab and Medicare
According to recent statistics, 60% of people over age 65 will spend time in a nursing home, or long-term care facility. Although spending time in a long-term care facility is not something that most people plan on or look forward to, knowing your options ahead of time can help you make a well-informed choice if the need arises. Facilities run the gamut from the most intensive 24-hour care for seriously ill patients to more traditional “nursing homes”, providing social and recreation … [Read more...] about Long-Term Care Facilities: An Overview