Long Term Care

An Update on Spousal Impoverishment Protections

Federal spousal impoverishment protections were set to lapse in March 2019. Two bills were proposed to deal with that issue. H.R. 1343 is still sitting in the House, but H.R. 3253 was enacted on August 6, 2019. H.R. 1343, or the Protecting Married Seniors from Impoverishment Act, would have made certain impoverishment protections permanent. It [...]

December 18th, 2019|

All You Need to Know About an Advance Directive

Kevin stands at the door of Winnie’s nursing home room, tears streaming down his face. The medical staff just finished inserted a feeding tube into Winnie – an act Kevin knew she didn’t want. Unfortunately, Winnie couldn’t express her wishes due to advanced dementia, and she had no legal documents that expressed her wishes not [...]

October 10th, 2019|

There is a Nursing Home Staffing Shortage

  There are federal regulatory standards that nursing homes must meet for providing qualified registered nursing staff. According to McKnight’s.com, fully three-quarters of nursing homes seldom meet the federally registered nurse (RN) staffing level guidelines. In particular, on the weekends, nursing homes are often understaffed, or staff is not there at all according to data [...]

July 17th, 2019|