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Boise Family Experience With Dementia


The Idaho Statesman ran a story today about one family’s experience with dementia.  It is a must read.  Unpaid family caregivers are a huge part of what makes old age work in any society; in ours they are much under-appreciated.  Its description of aphasia seemed especially spot on.

The article can […]

September 8, 2015|Estate Planning, Long-Term Care|

Recent Fair Hearing Changes Department Position on Retirement Accounts?

Retirement accounts held in the name of the community spouse should be exempt and not a countable resource in a Medicaid application.  A recent Medicaid application denial and subsequent fair hearing decision puts that long held Idaho rule in jeopardy.  In that case, the applicant had used a portion of […]

August 17, 2015|Estate Planning, Long-Term Care|

VA may shut hospitals due to budget shortfall

The Department of Veterans Affairs is threatening to shut down some hospitals next month if Congress does not address a $2.5 billion shortfall before Congress’ August recess.

Read the entire Washington Post article.

July 20, 2015|Veterans|

Qualifying for Medicaid: Countable and NonCountable Assets

Under Medicaid law, assets are either “countable” or “exempt.” Countable assets affect the individual’s immediate Medicaid eligibility and must be transferred, restructured, or spent down in order for the person to become eligible for Medicaid benefits. Exempt assets, in contrast, are not counted towards the individual’s Medicaid eligibility.

Remember this basic […]

July 13, 2015|Estate Planning, Long-Term Care|

Is Medicare and/or Medicaid Paying for Unnecessary Care?

An article in the New Yorker recently discussed studies indicating widespread recommendations by physicians of care that studies show to be of little or no use to the patient. In addition to the other ways in which we need to act to bring the cost of care under […]

May 6, 2015|Long-Term Care|

Planning Ahead to Pass Your Estate

Multi-generational family eatingThere was a time in America when children took over the home of their parents after they passed. They simply moved in and took over, and the torch was passed with little more than a simple move-in. Back then, […]

March 31, 2015|Estate Planning|

Best Choices for Leaving Your Assets

Grandfather and grandson looking at iPadAs you progress through retirement, which investments you should access first is a decision that will require a clear view of your finances and your goals. It can be a tricky decision to start tapping into […]

March 26, 2015|Estate Planning|

Good Investment Portfolio Tips for Seniors

Daughter helping mom with financesChoosing a smart investment plan can be difficult for anyone, let alone for an older family member. As your loved ones get older, they need to consider many additional conditions and needs, like budgeting for everyday living, […]

March 24, 2015|Estate Planning|

Planning Tips for Assisted Living

Friends at nursing homeThe search for assisted living can be a difficult path to travel. The primary concern is that the choice of living situation offers as much comfort and enjoyment as possible, while also marking all the appropriate  boxes, like […]

March 23, 2015|Long-Term Care|

America’s Nursing Homes

NPR’s Diane Rehm today hosted a show titled “Rating the Quality of America’s Nursing Homes.” It was a wonderful show, which highlighted many of the issues we talk about in our practice. Please take some time to listen:

Rating the Quality of America’s Nursing […]

March 11, 2015|Long-Term Care|