Should You Remove Your Loved One From a Nursing Home During the COVID-19 Pandemic? – Patrick J. Kelleher, Esq. ELDERLAWCARE.COM

Uncertainty can breed fear, particularly when it comes to caring options for a loved one currently in a nursing home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Facing the questions like how long this health crisis will last and will there be secondary, or even more waves of infection, give pause to those with loved ones in these [...]

2020-05-20T12:08:47-05:00May 20th, 2020|

Alzheimer’s Disease Medicare, Medicaid, and Out of Pocket Costs – Patrick J. Kelleher, Esq. WWW.ELDERLAWCARE.COM

The Alzheimer's Association has published its 2020 report entitled Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures (alz.org). The findings give pause when contemplating the future of many Americans who will be living with crippling dementia. Health care and long-term care costs for individuals with Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD) are staggering as dementia is one of [...]

2020-05-20T12:08:46-05:00May 20th, 2020|

Open Nursing Homes Back Up? – Patrick J. Kelleher, Esq. ELDERLAWCARE.COM

As many state officials now begin to ease current Covid-19 restrictions, the May 10th Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reports that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is considering likewise for nursing-home residents and their families. Since March 13, visitors and communal activities have been banned under CMS restrictions. WSJ obtained a leaked draft of CMS guidelines [...]

2020-05-17T11:38:21-05:00May 17th, 2020|

The Hardest Question: Who Do You Want Making YOUR End of Life Decisions? – Patrick J. Kelleher, Esq. ELDERLAWCARE.COM

In this Covid-19 epidemic, a wrenching question especially demands an answer: if you or someone you love is taken down into life-threatening illness, how far would you want extreme life-prolonging measures to be tried? I previously wrote about this and coined end of life incapacity planning as the "Big 6 Disability Planning" that you can [...]

2020-05-10T16:06:35-05:00May 10th, 2020|

Digital Footprint Estate Planning – Have You Protected Your Online Legacy? – Patrick J. Kelleher, Esq. ELDERLAWCARE.COM

There are very few individuals without a digital footprint anymore. From social networks like Facebook, Linkedin, Instagram, Twitch.tv and Twitter, blogs and licensed domain names, email, music, photos, seller accounts on eBay, Amazon, or Itsy, gaming accounts, even your financial, utility, and medical accounts are all part of your digital footprint. When most of us [...]

2020-05-10T15:52:47-05:00May 10th, 2020|

Staying Mentally Sound During the Coronavirus Pandemic – Patrick J. Kelleher, Esq. ELDERLAWCARE.COM

Many of us are facing unprecedented challenges during this coronavirus crisis in America, and it has increased anxiety and fear levels in all of us. The reactive part of your brain called the amygdala, a human physiological response when faced with fear, takes control of your actions, and you enter what is known as the fight-flight-freeze [...]

2020-05-10T15:49:33-05:00May 10th, 2020|

Social Security Funding is at Risk – Patrick J. Kelleher, Esq. ELDERLAWCARE.COM

The US Social Security Administrations funding trusts are known as the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance (OASI) Trust Fund and the Disability Insurance (DI) Trust Fund. In their 2019 annual report to Congress, the Board of Trustees released some startling detail about projected insolvency for the Social Security Program by the year 2035. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has been dipping [...]

2020-05-10T15:49:32-05:00May 10th, 2020|