What Happens to Your Family When You Die

2020-03-19T20:12:05+00:00November 2nd, 2015|

When Sam suddenly passed, his family found themselves with a real mess on their hands. Well liked by friends and associates, Sam was known to be the life of every party. But he was never keen on planning ahead. Because he'd never completed an estate plan, his family was forced to spend an inordinate amount [...]

Eric Knew His Dad Shouldn’t Be Driving…

2020-12-18T16:24:58+00:00October 6th, 2015|

It was late when the phone rang, but Eric knew from the tone of his father’s voice that the news was not good. “What is it, Dad?” Eric asked, afraid to hear the answer. “Eric, I’ve had a car accident. I’m fine, but there is some damage.” “Dad! That’s your 3rd accident in two months!” [...]

Elder Abuse: How to Spot It, How to Stop It

2018-11-26T04:38:15+00:00September 15th, 2014|

When Linda (not her real name) arrives at the nursing home for her weekly visit with her mother, she is surprised to find her sleeping. In the middle of the day? Rousing Mom, Linda helps her walk from the bed to the chair, taking notice of her frailty. “Mom, have you been eating?”, Linda asks. [...]

Understanding Dementia, and Planning for It

2020-03-17T20:29:28+00:00July 25th, 2014|

Dementia is a general term referring to a broad range of symptoms affecting memory and thinking. The most common type of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease, accounting for 60-80% of all dementia cases. Some may use the word “senility” to describe an individual with short-term memory loss, but this is inaccurate, because senility refers to mental [...]

When Dementia Emerges

2020-03-17T20:37:17+00:00July 15th, 2014|

After Mary’s father was admitted to the hospital, Mary visited her mother at home. It wasn’t long before she noticed things weren’t quite right. On the coffee table was a stack of unopened mail and bills, some past due. Her parents had never missed a bill payment! The refrigerator was nearly bare. What had they [...]

Can Medicaid Take Your House? Get Prepared Now

2018-11-22T05:15:56+00:00June 18th, 2012|

By Brian G. Quinn Can Medicaid take your house? This is a question that one of my clients recently asked me after receiving a letter from the State Medicaid department.  My client’s father had a stroke several years ago that left him in a nursing home.  He quickly ran through his assets, and applied for [...]

Will Medicare Cover Nursing Home Expenses?

2018-11-26T04:09:17+00:00May 24th, 2012|

By Gregory F. Quinn Clients sometimes ask, “Will Medicare cover nursing home expenses?”  Here are three surprising facts you can’t ignore. On its website, the Medicare program talks about the number of people who will eventually need nursing home care.  They provide the following information. Are you sitting down? 1)      By 2020, 12 million older [...]

Veterans Benefits for Long Term Care

2020-03-17T19:04:55+00:00November 23rd, 2011|

  NOTE: We posted this information in November of 2011. AS OF NOVEMBER 2018, THE UPDATED RULES ARE AVAILABLE HERE “ATTENTION VETERANS: Qualifying Veterans May Receive Up to $23,396* per year to help pay for Home Care, Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing, Adult Day Services, etc.” said an advertisement in a recent addition of the local [...]

How do I avoid paying everything I own to the nursing home?

2018-12-26T21:12:26+00:00November 22nd, 2011|

How do I avoid paying everything I own to the nursing home is a question I am asked by many of my clients either as they begin the process of looking at long term care options, or as a family member begins looking at the long term care process.  While each client’s situation is different, the [...]

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