Assisted Living Medicaid – Another Example of the Risks of Going it Alone
A few months ago I wrote about the difficulties qualifying for assisted living Medicaid. (See 3/23/09 blog post). Last year I wrote about the risks of trying to handle a Medicaid application yourself. (See 10/5/09 blog post). A recent case we handled in our office illustrates both issues. John had been
Is Remaining at Home Always the Best Option? Maybe Not
As I have written previously, in speaking with families, overwhelmingly the desire is for elderly family members to remain in their own home as they age and face declining physical and mental health. But, is that always the best thing? Perhaps, not for everyone. I was reading a recent post on
Spent Down? Not So Fast
Some months ago I wrote about the couple who, not understanding the peculiarities of the Medicaid rules, did not spend down in a timely manner and, as a result, lost six months of Medicaid eligibility. Even though the money was eventually spent those lost months could not be recovered and
No Estate Tax in 2010 – Will It Really Happen?
Ever since Congress passed the current estate tax legislation in 2001 it was the belief of many, including myself, that legislators would have to go back and pass changes to the law before 2010. You see, in 2010 there is no federal estate tax. But, the elimination of the tax
Elder Law Today Podcast Show #18 Continuing Care Retirement Communities
Continuing care retirement communities can be a great option for many people. I can move into one community that can meet all my needs, from independent housing to assisted living to nursing home care as I need it. In Show 18 of his monthly elder law podcast, Yale Hauptman, a practicing elder law attorney,
Continuing Care Retirement Community – Is It Right For Me?
Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs), are communities that provide a full continuum of care for their residents. They have flexible accommodations designed to meet their residentâs health and housing needs as those needs change over time, offering independent living, assisted living and nursing home care, usually all in one location.