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Myth: “A government program will take care of me.”

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Fact: Government programs are difficult to qualify for and have very specific requirements for LTC services. A number of public programs – including Medicare, Medicaid and veteran’s services – may help pay for some LTC services in certain circumstances. Yet each program has specific rules that define which services are covered, when benefits are paid, who can qualify, and the dollar amounts individuals must pay on their own. When people are able to qualify for Medicaid and the program pays their LTC costs, there’s a catch. Federal law requires states to recover the money Medicaid spent on their behalf from…

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Do you have a loved one entering a nursing home?

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Do you know there are legal ways to significantly reduce the $10,000 PLUS a month nursing home costs? Our Law firm is dedicated to helping families who are overwhelmed by all the decisions they have to make about placing their loved one in a nursing home. With our knowledge, we can often significantly reduce those large monthly nursing home bills without lowering the standard of care. If you want to know your individual rights, or this is an urgent matter, please call us for a meeting. Elder Law & Medicaid Attorney in Maryland – Offices in Frederick & Rockville Frederick…

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Do you have your legal documents in place to protect you and your family in the event of an accident, illness or even death?

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If not, the decisions for your well-being can be made by the State, and not by your loved ones, who have your best interest at heart. Most of us prefer not to think about what may happen or even discuss what may happen to us if we are in an accident or die. But avoiding it, you place yourself and your family in jeopardy. Getting your key estate planning documents in place will give you and your family peace of mind. If you would like an initial consultation with someone who has helped other local Maryland families deal with the…

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OVERWHELMED?

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Are you or someone you care for overwhelmed with the demands of a loved one’s Alzheimer’s care?  Whether you are caring for your loved one in the home, scrambling to make arrangements for nursing home care or trying to make sure nothing goes wrong in the nursing home, you know how difficult, time-consuming and isolating caregiving can be. Imagine what life would be like if you had a team helping you get the right care, preserve family resources and make difficult decisions. That’s what life is like when you have the ESTATE AND ELDER PLANNING team behind you We help you respond…

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Do you have a loved one entering a nursing home?

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Do you know there are legal ways to significantly reduce the $15,000 a month nursing home costs? Our Law firm is dedicated to helping families who are overwhelmed by all the decisions they have to make about placing their loved one in a nursing home.  With our knowledge, we can often significantly reduce those large monthly nursing home bills, without lowering the standard of care. For a copy of our FREE special report, “The 9 Questions You Must Ask If Your Loved One Goes Into A Nursing Home”, written by David Wingate, an elder law attorney, call 301 663 9230…

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Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s…real world strategies that work.

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Alzheimer disease is a heartbreaker.  Not only is it awful for the patient, but is devastating for the caregiver.  Someone who hasn’t dealt with Alzheimer’s disease, can’t imagine the stress of constant pacing, up at all nights of day and nights, the fidgeting, the safety concerns, and of course the memory loss.  Imagine the heartbreak you feel looking into the now empty eyes of your spouse of 40 or 50 years and recalling all the wonderful times you spent together and then sitting down and crying over the horrible truth that your spouse no longer recognizes you.  Your marriage vows…

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How do I help my loved ones follow guidelines?

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Encourage everyday preventive measures, such as washing hands after touching surfaces. Loved ones with dementia or Alzheimer’s may not remember to wash their hands and may have problems with sequencing and moving through the process. Walk through the process with them, saying each step at a time — turn on the water, use the soap dispenser to squeeze out the soap, lather the back of your hands, get between the fingers, scrub under the nails, and wash for 20 seconds. “Use your hands to model what needs to be done and use a soothing tone,” Reiss says. “Sing a favorite…

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Staying healthy

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Pay attention to flu or pneumonia-like symptoms in yourself and others and report them to a medical professional immediately. Follow current guidance and instruction from the CDC regarding COVID-19. Tips to keep yourself and your loved ones healthy include: Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Stay home when you are sick; work from home. If you or the person you are caring for have regular doctor’s appointments to manage dementia or other health conditions, call your health care provider to inquire about a telehealth appointment. As a result of the COVID-19pandemic,…

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Tips for supporting persons living with dementia receiving home-based services

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If you are receiving or plan to receive services from a paid health care professional in your home: Ensure that a temperature check has been conducted before they enter the home. Anyone with a temperature over 100.4° F should be excluded from providing care. Ask the staff person if they have been exposed to anyone who has tested positive and if so, do not allow them into your home. Contact the agency and ask them to explain their protocols to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Ensure that the staff member washes their hands upon arrival and regularly throughout their time…

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Tips for caregivers of individuals in assisted living

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The CDC has provided guidance on infection control and prevention of COVID-19 in nursing homes. This guidance is for the health and safety of residents. Precautions may vary based on local situations.  Check with the facility regarding their procedures for managing COVID-19 risk. Ensure they have your emergency contact information and the information of another family member or friend as a backup. Do not visit your family member if you have any signs or symptoms of illness.  Depending on the situation in your local area, facilities may limit or not allow visitors. This is to protect the residents but it…

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