Be careful who “cares” for your loved one.

When asked “would you like to go into a nursing facility or stay at home?” what do you think the vast majority of answers would be?  I think most seniors would say “keep me at home as long as you can!!!!” The baby boomer group is turning 65, on average,  at the rate of 10,000 […]

Peace on earth, good-will to men!

I heard the bells on Christmas Day Their old, familiar carols play, And wild and sweet The words repeat Of peace on earth, good-will to men!    ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow We would all like to extend to you a warm Christmas greeting Bill Alexander, Tovah McDonald, Rick, Tracy, Deb, Ann, Katherine, Elizabeth and Shelia W. G. Alexander […]

Adult Care Homes 2 to 6 residents. Are they for you?

A family care home cares for two to six unrelated residents in a family like setting.  These homes are often located in residential communities and are staffed by round-the-clock professionals who prepare meals, dispense medication, and provide help with activities of daily living.  (Assisted Living Facilities are licenced for 7 or more and can care for many residents). Because of […]

While visiting family and friends this season, here are a few things to look out for! 1. GIVE A HUG Look for: Obvious weight loss. Anything from depression to cancer to difficulty shopping and cooking can be behind a noticeable loss of weight. Increased frailty. If you can notice something “different” about a person’s strength and stature […]

Cost of Care: Assisted Living Costs- Preparation is the key!

Assisted Living costs nationally range from $28,800,000 to almost $70,000 per year! In a recent survey, the median annual cost of a single occupant unit in an assisted living facility was listed as: North Carolina:  $33,600.00 Georgia:  $28,800.00 South Carolina:  $36,840.00 Virginia:  $44,460.00 Alabama:  $34,765.00 Delaware:  $55,506.00 Florida:  $31,950.00 The most expensive state was Alaska […]

This Holiday Season- Be prepared to talk about Long Term Care Needs

  Counseling experts are already witnessing a 66% growth in calls this year from adult children seeking advice on complex medical, legal and financial issues involving aging parents, according to a report being released Wednesday by the ComPsych Corporation, an international provider of 13,000 employee-assistance programs. Add to that high volume the 18% increase during […]

AID AND ATTENDANCE COST-OF-LIVING ADJUSTMENT

For current recipients and future applicants of the VA, Improved Pension, Aid and Attendance benefit, there is great news. The 2012 Aid and Attendance Rates will increase per a recommendation made by the Congressional Budget Office. The recommendation named S.894 Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2011, was made in May of 2011.  The report and recommendation […]

Alzheimer’s/Dementia: Communication Stategies

I recently attended a seminar entitled “Communication Strategies for your loved one with Dementia/Alzheimer’s.   The strategies were divided into “Verbal” and “Nonverbal” communications.  There were some ideas we’d like to share.  VERBAL COMMUNICATIONS: Use familiar words.  Newer slang and computer terms are very difficult to relate to.  Explain what you are trying to convey. Talk […]

Welcome Tovah McDonald

We are delighted to have Tovah McDonald as one of our Elder Law and VA Accredited Attorneys.  Tovah would love to speak at your group or organization on the topics of Estate Planning, Wealth Preservation, Guardianship or planning for Long Term Care with the possibility of Veteran’s Aid and Attendance or Medicaid benefits. Tovah was born inAugusta, […]

Finding the right documents

The easiest thing you can do for yourself and your loved ones is to start organizing all your important papers. Here’s just a small list to starting you thinking about where these might be: Birth Certificates Passports Social Security Cards Divorce Decrees Death Certificates Military Discharge Papers (often called DD-214) Insurance policies  Make notes if […]