July 17, 2018

Can You Name an Alternate Agent in Your Power of Attorney

Quick Answer: Someone can appoint an alternate (or even more than one alternate) agent in their power of attorney in case their primary agent (or primary co-agents) is unable to serve in that role. An elderly friend was concerned about her power of attorney.  She and her husband serve as […]
July 10, 2018

What is Long Term Care Medicaid?

What happens when the money runs out?  That is usually the first thing most people worry about when their loved one needs assisted living or nursing home care. It is an important question because everyone wants to make sure their love ones are taken care of and running out of […]
July 3, 2018

What is a Medicaid Penalty?

A Medicaid penalty is the amount of time Medicaid won’t pay for your care when you are otherwise eligible for Medicaid benefits. Why would Medicaid penalize someone?  Medicaid penalizes people who make gifts or transfers for less than fair market value during the five year lookback period.  Any gifts during […]
June 26, 2018

An Overview of Medical and Financial Eligibility for Medicaid – A Single Person

The phrase long-term care Medicaid includes Medicaid benefits in a variety of living environments. These would include, for example, assisted living communities, nursing homes and continuing care retirement communities (except the independent living part of the continuing care retirement community).  Long-term care Medicaid is the benefit that pays for care […]
June 19, 2018

An Overview of Medical and Financial Eligibility for Medicaid – Married Couples

The phrase long-term care Medicaid includes Medicaid benefits in a variety of living environments. These would include, for example, assisted living communities, nursing homes and continuing care retirement communities (except the independent living part of the continuing care retirement community).  Long-term care Medicaid is the benefit that pays for care […]
June 12, 2018

What Does Medicaid Look for In the Medicaid Application?

When someone applies for Medicaid the caseworks completes an application form and collects a lot of records – both identifying and financial information.  It then takes a number of weeks, months or even years for Medicaid to review the application and provide their result. So, the question is what is […]
June 5, 2018

Applying to the County Board of Social Services for Medicaid Benefits in New Jersey

An individual or if the individual is incapacitated due to dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease then his agent pursuant to his power or attorney or his guardian must apply for Medicaid benefits at the County Board of Social Services.  This is something that you – the person in need of benefits […]
May 29, 2018

What if Mom Won’t Say Thank You?

Life is funny sometimes. What happens when you realize one day that your mother can no longer manager her own affairs? She can’t pay her bills and needs help with everyday tasks. She can’t schedule doctor appointments or get herself to the doctor’s office. When she can’t process information in […]
May 21, 2018

Quality of Life – The North Star of Caregiving

I have three children.  I love them all dearly and kind of want to be their friend. It is really nice when they like me but I am not worried about being liked by them.  My job is to be their parent. I have to say no to them when […]