Undocumented Caregiving results in Medicaid Penalty Period

In a case that stresses the importance of keeping accurate records, especially for paid family caregivers, a New Jersey appeals court upheld a penalty period imposed by Medicaid against a Medicaid applicant for payments the applicant's daughter received for providing caregiving service. E.B. v. Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services (N.J. Super. Ct., App. … Continue reading Undocumented Caregiving results in Medicaid Penalty Period

Are you liable for your parent’s nursing home bills? 

Unbeknownst to most Americans, more than half of U.S. states (29 plus Puerto Rico) have “filial responsibility” laws in effect that could potentially obligate adult children to support their impoverished parents. That includes paying the tab for basic necessities like food, housing, clothing, and medical attention, according to Little. Source: Are you liable for your … Continue reading Are you liable for your parent’s nursing home bills? 

One Family’s Journey Through Guardianship Hell

In one of the saddest yet too-common stories about what happens when families fail to plan, this post from investigative journalist, Gary Weiss, for NextAvenue.org outlines five mistakes that one family made on their journey through guardianship hell. “You sit there and shake your head how things can go that bad that fast,” says Frederick … Continue reading One Family’s Journey Through Guardianship Hell

What are the “Four-P’s” of Financial Caregiving?

If you are one of the millions of those who identify themselves as part of the "Sandwich Generation" then you may be largely responsible for the financial decisions and well-being of an aging parent or loved one. Most will be thrust into the role largely unprepared and learn through on-the-job training. The problem with this … Continue reading What are the “Four-P’s” of Financial Caregiving?

How Much Do I Need to Know About My Parent’s Finances?

Few people want to stick their noses into their parents' business. For many, it's the last taboo to inquire into your parents' financial lives. This is one of those “it depends” questions. It isn’t always necessary for you to know every detail about your parents’ financial affairs. In fact, the less you need to know, … Continue reading How Much Do I Need to Know About My Parent’s Finances?

The Money Talk: Starting the Conversation with Your Parents

The question I am most often asked is “How do I begin the conversation with my  parents?” I always answer, “Very carefully.” The truth is there is no one best way to begin the conversation. So much of it depends on circumstances and personality. Circumstances – usually health issues – may be at such a … Continue reading The Money Talk: Starting the Conversation with Your Parents