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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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When is Guardianship Necessary

Guardianship is a protective legal proceeding for incapacitated persons who are unable to manage their own affairs. Through the process of guardianship, certain or all of an individual's rights are removed. The law provides extensive procedural safeguards to insure...

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Pending Elder Legislation

Pending Elder Legislation

The U.S. House of Representatives will soon be considering legislation including the Elder Abuse Prevention and Prosecution Act S. 178, which was recently passed by the Senate. It has now been referred to the Committee on the Judiciary and to the Committee on Energy...

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Lessons from Irma

Lessons from Irma

As we begin our slow recovery from the devastating effects of Hurricane Irma in Naples, we have been reflecting on the delivery of care to the elder population. Hurricane Irma has brought into focus the vulnerability of seniors in our community. If you have an elderly...

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Jimmo Website Launched by CMS

Jimmo Website Launched by CMS

A long-standing myth has prevented many seniors from obtaining necessary services under the Medicare program.  Medicare contractors have long believed that a patient has to be "improving" in order to continue to obtain services.  However, "improvement" is not now, nor...

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Multiple Implications of Annual Gifting

As the end of the year approaches, many may be thinking about utilizing the $14,000 annual gift tax exclusion. The annual gift tax exclusion makes it possible to give money to any number of people without having to pay gift or estate taxes. Annual gifting to children...

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Visitation Rights at Nursing Homes

On occasion, family members have advised that a nursing home tells them that they cannot visit their relatives at any time, but can only visit during “visiting hours.” However, pursuant to Federal law, nursing homes cannot restrict a family member from visiting a...

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Discharge from Nursing Homes

Families often worry that a loved one will be involuntarily discharged from a nursing home, leaving family in a position of trying to care for someone with too many needs for family to be able to provide adequate care. Families particularly worry about loved ones who...

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Residents’ Needs Must Be Foremost

One of our new clients recently told us that before he retained our services, a nursing home was requiring his father to get up at 5 a.m. for his bath in order to balance the day and night shift. His father, who suffered from Alzheimer’s, wanted to sleep until 8:30 or...

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Physical Restraints

Both Federal and Florida law restrict the use of physical restraints for nursing home residents.  Under the Federal Nursing Home Reform Law, a physical restraint can be utilized only to treat a resident’s medical conditions or symptoms. Restraints never can be used...

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Nursing Home Admission and Discharge

The holiday season brings families together. Sometimes when family members arrive in Naples to see their aging parents, they are surprised to find their parents in need of critical medical care. Hospitalizations may lead to nursing home admissions. Family members...

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