Elder Law Newsletter – October Legal Update
Chambliss Elder Law Newsletter is a bi-monthly e-newsletter of legal developments and other trends of vital interest to seniors and their advocates. This newsletter is brought to you by Dana Perry and other members of the Elder Law Practice Group of Chambliss Law Firm.
Chambliss Law Firm Monthly Editorial
Mom Always Knew Best
by Amy Boulware, Elder Care Planning Manager, (LAP MSW)
“Amy, I really need to talk to you about something important.” My mom said this to me weeks after we found out that her cancer, which she battled for over five years, had returned. My mom and I were very close and talked every day about important and unimportant things, but this request seemed to have a different weight to it. My mom was a valiant fighter and had been aggressively treating her cancer. I was there night and day, holding her head when she couldn’t pick it up, feeding her, bathing her, going to doctors’ appointments, and being her all-around cheerleader. I wondered what she could possibly want to talk to me about that we hadn’t already discussed. I set aside an afternoon to have this conversation.
As we sat next to each other on the couch, she pulled my hand into hers, squeezing it tightly. She said, “What I am about to ask you is going to be hard, but I need your help.” My mind was racing a million miles a minute… what could she be thinking about? She knew I would do anything in the world for her. So, why was she acting so strangely? She took a deep breath and said to me, “I don’t want your dad to be my power of attorney for health care anymore.”
Now Is the Time to Review Your Medicare Options
Are you happy with your current Medicare plan or plans? Now is the time to think about whether you are in the right plan or whether a new plan could save you money.
Nursing Home Costs Rise Sharply in 2017
The median cost of a private nursing home room in the United States has increased to $97,455 a year, up 5.5 percent from 2016, according to Genworth’s 2017 Cost of Care survey.
How to Reverse Medicare Surcharges When Your Income Changes
What happens if you are a high-income Medicare beneficiary who is paying a surcharge on your premiums and then your income changes? If your circumstances change, you can reverse those surcharges.
Florida Nursing Home Tragedy Causes Rethinking of Disaster Preparedness
The recent tragedy in which 12 Florida nursing home residents died when the facility lost power during Hurricane Irma is causing government officials to rethink disaster planning.