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Jun 27, 2019

The Problem of Observational Status in a Hospital

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

May 24, 2019

Home, Assisted Living, or Nursing Home: 5 Things to Consider

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

May 03, 2019

What Should I Look Out for in Assisted Living and Nursing Home Admission Agreements? 5 Top Tips

It is Friday at 11 am and the hospital tells you that your mom is being discharged at 4 pm. They hand you a list of rehab facilities.

While trying to help your mom settle in, you are asked to sign a pile of paperwork.» Read More

Apr 01, 2019

New Jersey Legislature Passed Medical Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act

Seven in ten Americans support the right of terminally ill people to die on their own terms.[1]  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

Feb 26, 2019

Solo Seniors

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

Feb 26, 2019

Evaluate Your Medicare Options While You Still Can

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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