Deciding which sibling deals with "nursing home stuff."

Very few of us want to intrude in our parents’ lives. It is only when we begin to notice certain “things” about Mom and Dad that we begin to consider stepping in. Problems such as memory loss, dementia, diminished sight or hearing, or irrational investment or spending decisions, are signs it’s time to intervene.  Plus, … Continue reading Deciding which sibling deals with "nursing home stuff."

Free Booklet on Understanding Annuities

Annuities were once simpler financial instruments than they are today. Issued by insurance companies, annuities offered savers a guaranteed interest that compounded tax free until the funds were needed at a later date. Now, they are highly complex financial instruments with a variety of features, interest options, charges, and penalties. Many financial caregivers will discover … Continue reading Free Booklet on Understanding Annuities

Who is watching over the nursing home managing Mom’s Social Security?

According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, nearly a million individuals relied on organizational payees to manage their Social Security benefits in 2018. Due to an aging population, more beneficiaries may need organizational payees in the future. These beneficiaries are among the most vulnerable because, in addition to being deemed incapable of managing their own … Continue reading Who is watching over the nursing home managing Mom’s Social Security?

What the new “Patient-Driven Payment Model” could mean for Medicare nursing home care.

On October 1, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) began implementing a new payment system for Medicare-covered nursing home care. The payment system is called the “Patient Driven Payment Model” (PDPM). PDPM creates a new set of financial incentives for nursing homes to consider when admitting and discharging residents, as well as … Continue reading What the new “Patient-Driven Payment Model” could mean for Medicare nursing home care.

To live longer, here are some steps you can take – The Washington Post

Today happens to be my birthday...and I'm spending it not writing this post, but trout fishing in Colorado, so happy 59th birthday to me! I will relish this last year of my fifth decade, but I'm also in denial that it's all downhill from here. I intend to do all that I can to stay … Continue reading To live longer, here are some steps you can take – The Washington Post

Elderly hoarders must pay up or lose home. The Times – Apalachicola, FL

An elderly couple in Royal Palm Beach Florida has racked up over $400,000 of fines from citations received due to the deplorable condition of their home.  Ralph and Marguerite McCormack, age 75 and 71, are reported to have dementia, have no children or close family, and suffer from a hoarding addiction.  Conditions were so bad … Continue reading Elderly hoarders must pay up or lose home. The Times – Apalachicola, FL

Losing Your Mind, Losing Your Rights?

Kaitlyn C. Meeks recently published a Comment entitled, Losing Your Mind, Losing Your Rights?: A Certification Process to Safeguard Alzheimer's Patients and the Moving Target of the Lucid Interval, 44 U. Dayton L. Rev. 79-109 (2018). Provided below is an introduction to the Comment. For the rest of the comment, see: Wills, Trusts & Estates … Continue reading Losing Your Mind, Losing Your Rights?