1. Emotional investment is different from a professional one.
I have been a Geriatric Social Worker for many years. A large part of my work with clients is helping them to plan for serious illness and supporting and advocating for them in hospitals and nursing homes.» Read More
We recently got a frantic call from the daughter of one of our clients. Her mom, who was 89 but lived independently, had started to hallucinate and was brought to the Emergency Room of the local hospital. She was seen by the hospital physician and sent to a room. » Read More
Families whose loved ones need long-term care are often overwhelmed and confused about what level of care is most appropriate. As a social worker, I assess the client in their home gaining important insights into this decision. Each client is different so there is no “right answer” as to when to choose home care versus assisted living or nursing home, but there are generally five factors that should be considered.» Read More
Seven in ten Americans support the right of terminally ill people to die on their own terms. New Jerseyans will have that right as early as this week. The New Jersey legislature passed the Medical Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act on March 25, 2019.» Read More
Last week I saw a new client who was seeking to be appointed as administrator of her friend’s estate, motivated by the fact that her friend had no family. She had died unexpectedly and my client had called the police after trying repeatedly to reach her friend.» Read More
Enrollment in Medicare Advantage Plans continues to climb. These managed care plans, otherwise known as Medicare Part C, offer many advantages for healthier seniors. They have minimal co-pays and deductibles, and generally, cover services that traditional Medicare does not.
However, Medicare Advantage plans are run by private insurance companies and they have managed care plans, which means they restrict your choice of providers. » Read More
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