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When Is a Nursing Home Eviction Legal, and What Can I Do?

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Nursing home evictions, or involuntary discharges or transfers, disrupt the lives of residents, leading to homelessness, separation from familial support systems, and loss of care. As federal law covers all federally funded nursing home residents, nursing home evictions are legal only in particular instances, such as: The nursing home can no longer provide for a resident’s needs. […]

The Powers and Responsibilities of Representative Payees

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Do you have a friend or loved one who receives Social Security and is unable to manage her payments? If so, you can request that the Social Security Administration (SSA), the government agency that disburses Social Security, name you as the representative payee for that person. Being a representative payee gives you the power and […]

Keeping Your Emergency Contacts and Medical Information Updated for First Responders

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If medical personnel are able to access your medical history during an emergency, it could mean the difference between life and death. But if, for example, you are injured, in shock, suffering from dementia, or are otherwise incapacitated, you may not be able to provide that information yourself. There are several systems readily available to […]

It Pays to Be a Smart Shopper When Buying a Medigap Insurance Policy

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Medigap premiums for plans from insurance companies offering the same benefits vary widely, so it pays to be a smart shopper. Federal law requires that each insurance company offers the same benefits for each of the Medigap plans lettered A through M, but each company sets its own premium rates. A Medigap insurance company sets […]

How to Get Into a Nursing Home as a Medicaid Recipient

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While Medicaid helps pay for nursing home care, being admitted to a nursing home as a Medicaid recipient is not always easy. There are several ways to navigate the process, depending on your situation.  With the median cost of a nursing home room being more than $250 a day, most families need help paying for long-term care. […]

Some Social Security Beneficiaries Can Get Retroactive Payments — But at a Cost

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If you need a lot of cash on hand upon retirement, Social Security offers a lump-sum payment option that’s worth six months of benefits. However, it comes at a cost. It is important to understand the details before agreeing to the payment. If you have waited beyond your full retirement age (66 for those born […]

Stop Using Unsafe Portable Bed Rails Immediately, National Safety Commission Warns

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An advisory issued in June warns people against using a series of adult portable bed rail models after at least three people — including one in a nursing home and another in an assisted living facility — were entangled in them and died of asphyxia. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission named the following 10 models of […]

Which States Have Been Hardest Hit by the Nursing Home Staffing Crisis?

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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused nursing home staffing shortages across the United States, even forcing facilities to close, but some states have been hit harder than others. A new analysis looks at which states are confronting the worst staffing problems.  Overwhelmed by the stress of long hours, low pay and exposure to the COVID-19 virus, nursing home […]

Requiring Adult Children to Pay for Aging Parents’ Care

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Did you know you could be responsible for your parents’ unpaid bills? More than half of all states currently have laws making adult children financially responsible for their parents, including their long-term care costs. However, these laws are rarely enforced. Filial responsibility laws obligate adult children to provide necessities like food, clothing, housing, and medical […]