Are Filial Responsibility Laws Preempted by the Federal Nursing Home Reform Act?

In October 2010, Doris Pike was admitted to Corry Manor, a nursing home in Pennsylvania. At that time, her husband, Levere, signed an agreement with the facility, promising to use his wife's assets to pay for nursing home care … [Read more...]

But I Promised I Wouldn’t Put her in a Nursing Home

Click Here to Read Magic's to "My Dad Doesn't Recognize Me - Is It Still Worth Visiting?" Q. I remember the moment like it was yesterday. My mom, who had Parkinson's for ten years at the time, was sitting at my kitchen table. I … [Read more...]

The Ugly Side of Hospice Care

Q. My mother is ready to transition to hospice care. She has very advanced dementia, severe arthritis, and is immobile. With all of the assistance that she needs, we can no longer care for her in my home, even with the help of … [Read more...]

Has In-home Care Gotten a Lot More Expensive this Year?

Q. I’ve been a full-time caregiver for my mother for the past few years. Last year, when I noticed that my role was becoming more than I could handle myself, I started looking into in-home care. At the time, I decided against it … [Read more...]

Underestimating the Cost of Long-Term Care 

Q. My husband has Alzheimer’s, and needs more care than I can provide. It's getting harder and harder to take care of him at home, but I’m not sure we can afford long-term care. I recently read something saying that nursing homes … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Is Nursing Home Compare a Reliable Tool?

Dear Magic, My father’s Alzheimer’s is getting worse and he will likely need skilled nursing home care in the near future. I found Nursing Home Compare in a Google search. Can I rely on this resource to help me find the right … [Read more...]

Family Caregiving is NOT Cheaper Than Professional Care. Here’s Why!

Five years ago, Karen got her PhD to teach at the college level. Upon graduating, she began her dream job, but she only was able to teach for about a year, when her mother’s Alzheimer’s began getting worse. Karen quit her job and … [Read more...]

Oscar the Cat and Other Incredible Therapy Animals

Oscar is a cat who was adopted as a kitten from an animal hospital. Sounds pretty typical, huh? Well, when it comes to cats, Oscar is anything BUT typical. What makes Oscar so extraordinary is that he is a cat with a … [Read more...]

My Wife is in a Nursing Home- Now What Do I Do with All This Free Time?

  Q. My wife has dementia, and your firm recently helped us qualify for Medicaid. At first, I never thought it would be possible, but it was, and I am forever grateful for your assistance. She is now in a nursing home, and … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: What to Bring to A Nursing Home

Dear Commander Bun Bun, I have been a caregiver for my mother for more than a decade. She is ready to move into a skilled nursing facility. She would like to make her room feel like home, and I’d like to help her do so. Do you … [Read more...]