With age come infirmities and medical issues. Along with those issues come prescriptions. And sometimes those prescriptions are for dangerous drugs....more
Nursing home abuse or neglect can be difficult to detect. And while you may have suspicions, you may not know how to go about raising the issue with the staff. Being active and engaged is essential to safeguarding the safety...more
The decision to place a loved one in the care of a nursing home is a serious one. It is often the best possible solution for an elderly person and his or her family. Unfortunately, the decision is a difficult one with elder...more
When people grow older and they lose the ability to safely take care of themselves on a day-to-day basis, they will encounter a difficult decision that involves moving into an assisted living facility or hiring a caretaker in...more
About 1.5 million elderly and disabled people live in roughly 17,000 nursing homes in the United States. In September 2012, the National Center on Elder Abuse, Bureau of Justice Statistics reported that...more
On March 22, 2013, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) announced that it would increase the amount of information available online by posting a nursing home’s three (3) preceding standard health surveys and...more
As our population ages, more and more people are being admitted to nursing homes at or near the end of their lives. But when a person is admitted to a nursing home and they sign a contract agreeing to arbitrate any disputes...more
The number of older adults, who are making the decision to stay in their own homes, rather than moving to senior living facilities or in with their children, is increasing. While this allows them autonomy, it also places them...more
The Georgia Senate is investigating elder abuse problems. Reports of elder abuse jumped 22% since 2007, according to sources cooperating with the senate. The problem is only expected to get worse as people continue to live...more
Finally, today is Election Day.
And while the pundits tonight will all look forward to what the next four years might bring, it’s worth taking a quick peek back at Obama’s (first?) four years with a review of some of...more
Although the duty to accommodate employees with demanding child care responsibilities has long been recognized as part of an employer's duty to accommodate on the basis of family status, as a result of the aging Canadian...more
One of the most common reasons that families need long-term care is when their loved one receives a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s. Depending on the stage of the disease when it is diagnosed, the person could possibly remain in...more
In this issue:
- A Sign of the Times: Nonpayment of Resident Accounts, Transfer/Discharge and Related Issues
- Responding to an Audit? Be Prepared!
- Ken’s Quote of the Month
An excerpt from...more
Pennsylvania (like many other states) has a filial responsibility law that generally requires children with means to support an indigent parent. While it may seem unfair, a Pennsylvania court recently enforced the law to hold...more
It’s surely a sign of economic times that Poyner Spruill’s long term care lawyers have seen a marked increase in the number of clients calling us for assistance with nonpaying residents. While providers have seen...more
Recently, a federal appeals court in In re Lemington Home for the Aged revived claims brought by unsecured creditors against the directors and officers (D&Os) of the insolvent Lemington Home for the Aged when it reversed a...more
People get hurt, become ill or grow old and need help caring for themselves. It happens all the time. Unfortunately, they don't always get the care they need and deserve. When that happens, medical malpractice and other legal...more
The decisions regarding placing a family member into a nursing home are some of the toughest that a spouse, child or family member will be faced with. The decision is not just based on finances, but is deeply rooted on...more
Nursing homes in Washington will, for the first time, be allowed to directly employ staff physicians as a result of a bill that Governor Christine Gregoire signed last week.
The new law, drafted with the assistance of Lane...more
protecting elderly family members and clients from improper medication while in a nursing home....more
How to protect family members or clients in nursing homes from improper medications...more
If you or a family member is over the age of 65 or ill, call us to schedule your Family Wealth Planning Session today so we can identify what needs to be done to protect your assets for your loved ones and your Medicaid...more
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