Agencies That Inspect Nursing Homes Face Staffing Crisis

         The Senate Special Committee on Aging has released a report exposing an understaffing problem among the survey agencies across the nation that are responsible for overseeing nursing home inspections. The staffing crises at these agencies, according to the report, have led to an increase in the number of regulatory violations and ultimately are making long-term care facilities unreasonably […]

Will Robotics and AI Be the Future of Elder Care?

         Adults 65 and older constitute the fasting-growing age demographic in the United States. When it comes to elder care, this expanding population is facing a scarcity in people equipped to support them as they get older. One estimate predicts a shortage of 151,000 paid direct care workers and 3.8 unpaid family caregivers by 2030, increasing to […]

Challenges of Long-Term Care Planning for LGBTQ+ Seniors

Aging is an inevitable reality for everyone. As part of this, many adults engage in long-term planning in anticipation of their later years. But, for many in the LGBTQ+ community, there is anxiety and trepidation over long-term planning. This is because older people in this community worry about being the subject of discrimination or inadequate […]

Key Elder Law Numbers for 2023: Annual Roundup

For quick reference, please find below the figures for 2023 that are frequently used in elder law practice that are of interest to our clients. Medicaid Spousal Impoverishment Figures for 2023 Medicaid Home Equity Limits Access CMS’s complete chart of the 2023 SSI and Spousal Impoverishment Standards. Income Cap The income cap (in applicable states) […]

Why Hire an Elder Law Attorney?

         Elder law attorneys may specialize in estate planning, incapacity planning, and end-of-life care for seniors. These practitioners are essential because they work to protect a vulnerable population. Seniors and their families should consider hiring an elder law attorney to plan for their future and care. How Can an Elder Law Attorney Help My Aging […]

Older Adults Lack Information in Search for Long-Term Care

        According to a recent national study, nearly a quarter of Americans aged 50 and older say they – or a loved one – needed long-term care in 2022. The findings further suggest that seniors and their caregivers could benefit from more consumer-friendly information and guidance about long-term care services, a need researchers say will grow exponentially […]

How to Get Into a Nursing Home as a Medicaid Recipient

While Medicaid helps pay for nursing home care, being admitted to a nursing home as a Medicaid recipient is not always easy. There are several ways to navigate the process, depending on your situation.  With the median cost of a nursing home room being more than $250 a day, most families need help paying for long-term care. […]

How Do You Decide When to Leave a Nursing Home and Move Back Home?

Leaving a nursing home to return home is a goal for many residents and their families, but it requires careful consideration. While returning home is a good move for some, it won’t work for everyone. A nursing home stay does not have to be permanent. Many residents enter a facility temporarily to recover from an […]

Biden Proposes Major Nursing Home Reforms, Most Extensive “In Decades”

The Biden administration has announced far-reaching nursing home reforms, targeting staffing and accountability at facilities with deficient care. Advocates are calling the proposals, which include the first-ever federal minimum staffing levels, the most significant reforms in decades.  Nursing homes have been plagued by chronic understaffing and high turnover rates for years, a problem only exacerbated […]

You Can Now Compare Nursing Homes on Staff Turnover Rates and Weekend Help

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it will add data on staff turnover rates and weekend staffing levels to its Care Compare website, giving consumers another tool when choosing a nursing home.  The official Medicare website includes a nursing home rating system. Care Compare (previously called Nursing Home Compare) offers up to five-star ratings of […]