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Can You Put a Surveillance Camera in a Nursing Home Room?

Jun 10, 2020

Technological advances have made it easier to stay connected with loved ones all the time. This has included the ability to install cameras in a loved one’s nursing home room. These so-called “granny cams” have legal and privacy implications. The benefit of putting a surveillance camera in a nursing home is the ability to monitor…

Will My Advance Directive Work in Another State?

Jun 5, 2020

Making sure your end-of-life wishes are followed no matter where you happen to be is important. If you move to a different state or split your time between one or more states, you should make sure your advance directive is valid in all the states you frequent. An advance directive (sometimes called a “living will”)…

What to Look for in a Pre-Paid Funeral Plan

Jun 1, 2020

Prepaying for your funeral is one way to ease the burden on your family following your death and make sure your wishes are carried out. It is also an “exempt” asset purchased for Medicaid planning. But pre-paid funeral plans come with risks, so you need to exercise care when purchasing a plan. Funerals are expensive…

Yes, You Can Receive Unemployment and Social Security at the Same Time

May 26, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has sent unemployment to its highest levels since the Great Depression, and older workers have been particularly hard hit, with one in five over age 55 now out of work, according to one estimate. Many people continue to work beyond retirement age, either by choice or out of necessity, at the same…

Despite Pandemic’s Toll, Federal Government Proposes Loosening Infection Control Regulations for Nursing Homes

May 13, 2020

The federal government is moving forward with regulations that would relax infection control requirements in nursing homes even while the coronavirus pandemic has overwhelmed long-term care facilities throughout the nation.  At the same time, most federal nursing home inspections are being suspended. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed new rules in July…

Coronavirus Relief Funds Paid to Deceased Americans Must Be Returned

May 7, 2020

The federal coronavirus relief bill has sent direct emergency payments to some 150 million Americans in the wake of the pandemic. Among the recipients are possibly millions of deceased individuals, raising questions about what their survivors should do with the money. After weeks of silence, the IRS has finally confirmed that the money must be returned…

Veterans and Surviving Spouses Aid and Attendance Benefits

May 4, 2020

In 2020, qualifying veterans and their spouses could be eligible for a VA pension of approximately $2,266.00 per month to help cover the costs of elder care assistance! This is tax free money that helps eligible veterans and their surviving spouses pay for assistance they need in their own home or in an assisted living…

Where’s My Coronavirus Relief Payment? Well, It Depends.

Apr 28, 2020

The centerpiece of the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, signed into law March 27, 2020, is its one-time $1,200 payments to millions of eligible individuals. When can you expect your payment and how much will it be? The answer to the first question has been changing on an almost daily…