Category Archives: Elder Law

Rules Governing Care Of Dementia Patients In Massachusetts Amended

Workers in nursing home dementia care units will now have to receive eight hours of initial training plus four hours of additional training every year, according to rules recently adopted by state regulators. The new regulations also require such facilities … Continue reading

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Medicare Coverage: Going Home For The Holidays.

This week The Center for Medicare Advocacy  issued a timely reminder: patients in a Nursing Home may leave the facility to enjoy the holidays with family without losing their Medicare coverage. Medicare’s own Policy Manual instructs facilities not to tell … Continue reading

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Granny Pods: An Alternative To A Nursing Home?

 Officially called a MEDCottage, these are modular units that can be placed in a family members yard and may be an alternative to nursing home placement. The company that manufacturers them, N2Care, says their mission is to “to design, create and … Continue reading

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Medicare Payment: Improvement No Longer The Standard

For decades, the decision on whether Medicare would pay for coverage for chronically ill patients has been based on the whether the patient’s condition would improve with additional care. That was a very high bar. Many patients undergoing needed physical … Continue reading

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National Honor Society Students Offer “Handyman” Services to Winchester Seniors

For four weekends in March, the National Honor Society of Winchester High School will be offering their time, talent, and “elbow grease” to provide help with any jobs that are needed throughout Winchester. The students will be in teams of … Continue reading

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Finally – Social Security Increase Scheduled for 2012

The Social Security Administration announced that starting on December 30, 2011, social security recipients will receive a 3.6 percent increase in benefits. Increases in social security benefits are based on a cost of living adjustment (COLA). For the first time since the automatic … Continue reading

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Financial Abuse of the Elderly: How to Spot It and Stop It

Despite the Elder Justice Act, passed in 2010, financial abuse of the elderly continues to be an enormous problem. In a follow-up study to research done in 2009, MetLife, with researchers from Virginia Tech and the University of Kentucky, released a … Continue reading

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Estate Planning and Elder Law Newsletter: Elder Law

Every month I send an E-Newsletter that has articles on estate planning and elder law topics. If you would like to subscribe to this E-Newsletter please feel free to sign up. This months topic is “Elder Law Elements.” Elder Law, unlike many other areas … Continue reading

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May is “Elder Law Education Month” in Massachusetts

Every year the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys co-sponsor an event for elder law education. This year, the topic is “Taking Control of Your Future – A Legal Checkup.” Many of … Continue reading

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National Health Care Decision Day

I do not know how I missed this, but Saturday, April 16, 2011 was National Health Care Decision Day (NHDD). The idea behind this day is to “encourage patients to express their wishes regarding healthcare and for providers and facilities to respect … Continue reading

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