• Tales from the Community Spouse

    What is a Community Spouse in Medicaid world? We posed this question to Hailey Michel-Evleth, one of the public benefits specialists at Elder Law of East Tennessee, a Life Care Planning Law Firm with offices in Knoxville and Johnson City, Tennessee.

    The concept of a Community Spouse applies to married couples where one spouse needs Medicaid to pay for nursing home care and the other one doesn’t. “You're considered part of their household and referred to as the Community Spouse during the application process,” Hailey said.

  • Older Adults and Opioid Abuse – Part 2

    In Part 1 of this series, we looked at the scope of the opioid problem among America’s senior population. Read Part 1 here.  In Part 2, Elder Care Coordinator Claire Merendino explains how to tell if a loved one is abusing opioids and how family caregivers can confront the issue. For the last 3.5 years, Claire has worked as an Elder Care Coordinator at Bratton Law Group, a Life Care Planning Law Firm with offices in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

  • Older Adults and Opioid Abuse - Part 1

    Think drug addict and what comes to mind? Young people shooting up heroin? Stoners smoking weed?

    What about your 80-year-old mother? What about your 90-year-old grandpa?

    Just because older adults don’t fit the common stereotype of a drug abuser, it doesn’t mean that your elderly parents or grandparents are immune from a secret (or not-so secret) addiction.

  • Filing VA Pension Claims

    If you’re caring for an older relative who happens to be a veteran, the VA offers several benefit programs that could help you pay for your loved one’s long-term care. How can you access these benefits? We posed this question to Steven Rubin, a Certified Elder Law Attorney and a VA accredited attorney at Drazen Rubin Law, LLC., a Life Care Planning Law Firm in Milford, Connecticut. Steven has been advising clients on VA-related issues for more than eight years.

  • Preparing for the Financial Reality of Widowhood

    It’s a well-known fact that women outlive men. According to the National Center for Life Expectancy, women live an average of 81.1 years while men live an average of 76.1 years. Married women, therefore, can expect to live a full five years longer than their spouse.

  • Timing is Everything with a Life Care Plan

    If your parents are getting older, what will you do when their health declines. How will you know when to step in and help?

    One of the best forms of help available today is Life Care Planning, an approach to elder law that does far more than just qualify older adults for public benefits to pay for nursing home care. Life Care Planning guides families through the entire elder care journey.

  • Ten Tips to Reduce Readmission

    Fall. Hospital. Rehab. Repeat. Sound familiar? Fifteen percent of older adults who spent time in a hospital will be readmitted within a month of their discharge—and the percentage is growing. Keeping seniors safe at home, particularly during a pandemic, is of the utmost importance to everyone involved. 

  • Rethinking New Year's Resolutions

    As the new year approaches, are you finding yourself in the same old resolution rut?

    How can things be different? We posed this question to Jill Shoffner. A social worker with nearly 20 years of experience, Jill has spent the last decade working with older adults. Today, she is elder care coordinator manager at Elder Law of East Tennessee, a Life Care Planning Law Firm in Knoxville, Tennessee.

  • Holiday Gift Ideas: What Your Elderly Relatives REALLY Want This Year

    Most everyone loves giving (and getting) gifts during the holidays. If an older loved one is on your shopping list, it’s easy to fall into a gift giving rut. What do you get for loved ones who already have everything? How do you buy for people who may tell you they don’t need anything?

    Gift shopping for older relatives becomes much easier when you focus on simplicity and practicality. When you’re scouring the stores (or the internet) for gifts this year, try these ideas: