Getting Mom and Dad to Plan: What Not to Do

Your parents are getting up there in years. They’re still healthy—and they refuse to discuss their plans to pay for long-term care when the time comes. They’re convinced they won’t need it.

The statistics tell a different story. Someone turning 65 today has a 70% chance of needing some type of long-term care in their remaining years. Who will pay for this care? Who will make decisions for the elder when he or she becomes incapacitated?

Is It Criminal Behavior? Or Is It Dementia?

People with dementia committing crimes is a sensitive topic, one that doesn’t always get a lot of attention. To explore this issue, we consulted Katie Knook, an elder care coordinator at Bratton Law Group, a Life Care Planning Law Firm in the Philadelphia area. Before joining the firm, Katie worked as a community relations director at an assisted living memory care facility. She has seen it all.

Falls: An Elder Care Turning Point

Each year, National Falls Prevention Day is observed on the autumn equinox, the official first day of fall. If you’re looking after elderly relatives, now is a good time to take stock of the fall risk your loved ones may be facing now.

Reflections on Unpaid Labor on Labor Day

As you roll out the grill on this Labor Day holiday, don’t forget to say a silent prayer on behalf of the more than 40 million Americans who currently serve as unpaid caregivers to adults ages 65 and older in the United States. These are spouses, daughters, sons, and grandchildren working in obscurity, their contributions unseen, their burdens hidden.

Medicaid Planning 101: Part 2 – Married Couples

If an elderly relative needs to qualify for Medicaid in order to pay for long-term care costs, including at an assisted living facility or nursing home, where do you start? We posed this question to Madeline Thorn, an attorney at Fendrick Morgan, a Life Care Planning Law Firm in New Jersey.

Typically, eligibility is first determined by looking at the applicant’s marital status. If the person who needs Medicaid is married, the qualification process is less straightforward than it is for single people.

Credential Confusion: Senior Helper or Senior Scammer?

If you’re caring for elderly loved ones, it’s important to know that the senior market is large and growing, which represents a lucrative revenue-generation opportunity for companies with shady business practices.

What are the most common schemes? According to Bryan Adler, a Certified Elder Law Attorney with Rothkoff Law Group, a Life Care Planning Law Firm with offices in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, one of the biggest problems involves salespeople misusing titles and certifications for financial gain.

COVID-19 and the REAL ID Program

The COVID-19 situation has impacted every facet of daily life. The rollout of the Department of Homeland Security's REAL ID program is another one of the casualties.

Due to circumstances resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and the national emergency declaration, the enforcement deadline has been pushed back to October 1, 2021.

If you've been worried about getting to the DMV and standing in line to get a REAL ID for yourself or an elderly loved one, there's no need to rush. You have an extra 12 months to get it done.

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