The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has issued new guidance on whether families can visit loved ones in nursing homes. The guidance allows indoor visitation even when the resident has not been vaccinated. ...Read more
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Are There Notification Requirements When an Assisted Living Facility Makes Changes to Living Arrangements or Costs?
My sister is living in an assisted living facility. What are the notification requirements, if any, when the facility increases in cost or moves a resident into another room? Does my sister have any rights before the changes take place?...Read more
While a will is one of the most important estate planning documents you can have, there are things that it won’t cover. A will is just one part of a comprehensive estate plan. ...Read more
As Their Agent Under a POA, Can I Continue My Parents’ Usual Gifting of Money to Family at Christmas?
My parents both have dementia and live in a nursing home. We are paying privately and will be out of funds in about two years. My parents have always given cash as Christmas gifts to each child, child's spouse, and...Read more
I wanted to set up a trust for Medicaid planning purposes, so that I can prevent the rental income generated from my home from going to a nursing home to pay for my care. But I read that the income...Read more
Long-term care involves not only a loss of personal autonomy; it also comes at a tremendous financial price. Proper planning can help your family prepare for the financial toll and protect assets for future generations. ...Read more