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Guardianship For Seniors

Monday, December 18, 2017

Nursing Home Roadmap


Medicaid Roadmap

 

Someone once said that “We are all pilgrims on the same journey but some pilgrims have better road maps.”

 

Many adult daughters (and a few adult sons) are faced with the challenges of becoming caregivers for their mothers and fathers. About age 50 or so, they begin to realize that mom and/or dad is not as healthy as he or she once was. This raises all sorts of questions, including:

 

Who will take care of them as they need more care?

 

Can they stay at home? If so, for how long?

 

Where can they go if they can’t stay at home?

 

How much does it cost to hire caregivers to come to them?

 

Is that covered by insurance?

 

What is the difference between an independent living community, an assisted-living community, a memory-care facility and a nursing home?

 

Are any of those expenses covered by insurance?

 

Medicare- what exactly is it? Do they have it? What does it cover?

 

TriCare for Life- ditto

 

VA benefits- are they eligible? If not, can they become eligible?

 

How much money do mom and dad have in savings?

 

Do they have long-term care insurance?

 

 

Are mom and dad keeping their bills current?

 

Do they have basic estate planning in place and where is it?

 

Is it too late to see about protecting their life savings from the overwhelming costs of nursing home care?

 

These are common questions that the 50 year-old daughter must answer in order to be an effective caregiver. This is where a roadmap comes in handy.


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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Medicaid assumptions


HAVE YOU BEEN TOLD TO “SPEND-DOWN” ASSETS BEFORE BEING ABLE TO APPLY FOR MEDICAID?

 

HAVE YOU BEEN DENIED MEDICAID?

 

DO YOU HAVE A LOVED ONE IN AN ASSISTED-LIVING FACILITY?

 

ARE YOU CONCERNED ABOUT LOSING YOUR HOME WHEN YOUR LOVED ONE BECOMES ELIGIBLE FOR MEDICAID?

 

ARE YOU GETTING CONFLICTING INFORMATION ABOUT THE MEDICAID PROCESS?

 

 

Face it- understanding the rules and exceptions for qualifying for nursing-home benefits under the Medicaid program is not easy. Many people are denied these benefits each year, not because they don’t need the benefit but because they make mistakes on their application! You don’t need to be one of these people!

 

Our firm has been instrumental in helping many clients qualify for Medicaid benefits!

 

We will consult with you, complete your Medicaid application and see it through to completion. We will handle the inevitable “requests for information” that Medicaid issues to applicants. We will “go to bat” for you and your family if Medicaid denies your application.

 

“Do I have to spend-down my parents (or spouse’s) assets before being eligible?”

There are many exceptions to having to spend-down a person’s assets to only $2,000.
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Monday, July 24, 2017

Qualifying for Medicaid

Here is an excellent article on the process that families have to face when considering a Medicaid application:

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/21/your-money/estate-planning/the-ethics-of-adjusting-your-assets-to-qualify-for-medicaid.html?smprod=nytcore-ipad&smid=nytcore-ipad-share

 


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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

What Is Guardianship And How Can It Help My Parent?


All of us hope to age gracefully and live long, healthy lives, but unfortunately not everyone is granted such a happy fate.  Most of us will have family members who lose abilities they used to have as they age, and in some cases that decline will leave our loved ones vulnerable unable to take care of their own affairs.  Guardianships for seniors are tools that can be used to protect a person whose condition has left him or her “incapacitated.


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