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Avoiding Probate

Many people believe that probate is something that should be avoided in all cases. When asked why probate should be avoided, people often express that probate will be a very expensive and time consuming process. These perceptions are not necessarily true. The efforts...

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Home Health Care Benefits

Most people would prefer to have long term care provided in the home as opposed to receiving care in a facility. This type of care is particularly expensive, however, most long term care policies do provide this benefit. In addition, home care may be financed by one...

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Assisted Living Regulations

Assisted living facilities are licensed by the state and must follow state regulations set forth in the Florida Administrative Code. In general, residents of an assisted living facility should initially be able to perform their activities of daily living; however,...

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Hurricane Season

After a quiet June and July, the tropics are starting to become more active. Forecasts call for a LESS active hurricane season this year, due in part to El Nino in the Pacific. However, it is always a good idea to check your hurricane preparedness at this time of the...

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Care Plan Meetings

Care Plan Meetings

By Barbara A. Miller, R.N. What is a care plan meeting? When an individual is admitted to a skilled nursing home, the staff has regularly scheduled meetings (within fourteen days of admission and then quarterly) regarding the care and progress of a patient. Who...

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Employers of Caregivers

A recent study by Met Life estimated that employees having caregiving responsibilities to elder family members cost U.S. employers approximately $13.4 billion per year. The study cites a number of factors contributing to this cost: • employees providing eldercare were...

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Avoiding Scams

In my work as an elder law attorney, I have heard of many situations of vulnerable elders falling prey to scam artists. Vulnerable elders and their families need to be aware of techniques that scam artists use to gain information. One scheme that the scam artists use...

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Caregiver Risks

Caring for an elderly person with dementia can be very taxing. Often family members undertake the role of caregiver gradually, without a realization of how difficult the task can become. However, those providing care need to understand that by undertaking the role,...

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Home for the Holiday

The annual trek to the family homestead for the holiday can bring more stress than joy for adults with elderly, disabled or chronically-ill parents. Mom’s chronic condition is getting worse. Dad can barely take care of himself, let alone manage mom’s needs. The bills...

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