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 […]

The Top 8 Mistakes People Make with Medicaid Qualification

Medicaid is tricky & confusing.  Know your options before you apply.  Here’s a short list of the top 8 mistakes people make with Medicaid Qualification. 1. Thinking it’s too late to plan. It’s almost never too late to take planning steps, even after a senior has moved to a nursing home. 2. Giving away assets […]

Good Anti-Fraud Advice for Seniors

http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/view/105715 This is a great article addressing ways to prevent fraud directed at seniors.  In this day and age, it is important to protect yourself and your loved ones from scam artists.

An Elder Law Attorney can help with Medicaid Benefits

http://tinyurl.com/q8vfeu This is a great article on how an Elder Care Attorney can help with Medicaid Benefits from news-press.com.  Absolutely worth reading.