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How to Appropriately Report a Case of Elder Abuse

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Did you know that the U.S. Department of Justice estimates about one in every ten senior Americans experiences abuse or negligent abuse each year? The chances are that someone you know has already been affected by this hot button issue. How to recognize and report elder abuse have become two of the most frequently asked questions related to eldercare. Types of Elder Abuse: Physical Abuse Sexual Abuse Psychological or Emotional Abuse Financial Abuse or Exploitation Self-Neglect Neglect What makes this issue even more concerning is that only one in twenty-three elder abuse cases are reported to appropriate channels. These numbers are very...

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Elder Law: How Alzheimer’s Impacts Retirement

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Have you taken the possibility of Alzheimer’s into consideration when planning for retirement? The risk that at least one spouse will develop Alzheimer’s is significant. The risk is one more reason to make careful financial planning and estate planning a top priority. The Alzheimer’s Association states that 13% of those 65 and over have Alzheimer’s. They further indicated that of those 85 and older, 43% have Alzheimer’s. Baby Boomers will only see an increase in the prevalence of the disease due to a longer life expectancy. Even in the early stages of Alzheimer’s and dementia, an individual’s financial skills may notably...

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Elder Law FAQ: Defending Against Identify Theft

Everyone is susceptible to identity theft regardless of age or any other factor. The major data breaches that have made headlines in the last year serve as proof of this fact. But some segments of the population are more susceptible to identity theft and more likely to be targeted. One such segment is the older population. Seniors can be more vulnerable to identity theft than others. “Identity theft” refers to the theft of personal identifying information to create a new identity or to steal money from the victim. Identity Theft: Why are Older Adults Targeted More Frequently?  They tend to have more...

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How to Plan Ahead for Long-Term Care Costs

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Remaining independent as long as possible is a top priority for many Americans. Yet the majority will eventually need some type of housing or care support as they grow older. There are a number of options that provide for various needs. It is best to consider the options before you need them so you can plan for the unexpected and have access to the resources you need when the time comes. For many, the first option is in-home care. Approximately 80% of in-home care is provided by family members or nonprofits. As many are unpaid family members, this mode often comes...

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Do You Understand Florida Medicaid Programs?

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Some questions are rhetorical. Others simply don’t deserve an answer. Some don’t have an answer at all and then there are the questions that have answers so big we don’t quite know what to do with them. One such question of epic proportions is: Do You Understand Medicaid Requirements? The Medicaid programs are federal programs administered on the state level. The program is designed as a means of offering assistance to low-income individuals that meet eligibility criteria set by each state. Florida’s eligibility is determined by age or disability in combination with income and asset limits with financial eligibility changing annually. Medicaid...

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5 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s

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Most people associated Alzheimer’s or dementia with memory loss that disrupts daily life. This is one of the symptoms of the condition, but it is not the only one. It is also not necessarily the most common symptom. As Alzheimer’s affects more and more people and requires extensive health care services, it is important to complete estate planning early to prepare for unexpected situations later in life. It is also important to watch for early signs of Alzheimer’s. It’s one of the conditions that requires the most extensive long-term care services. Other Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s: Memory (already mentioned): It’s...

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What You Don’t Know About Medicaid

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Are you familiar with Medicaid? What do you actually know about it? And more importantly, what don’t you know about Medicaid? What You Don’t Know About Medicaid: Medicaid was created in 1965 and is now the nation’s largest health insurer. It is an integral part of the American economy and society as a whole. Medicaid covers care at the end of life for millions. In addition to providing elder care to many seniors, approximately half of U.S. births are covered by the program. Medicaid is jointly financed by the federal government and the individual states. The coverage provides access to various health benefits for...

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Will Florida Medicaid Cover Nursing Home Costs?

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The state of Florida provides a number of services through long-term care managed care plans for those who qualify. These services may include assisted living facility and nursing facility care, some in home services, and medical equipment. There are two parts to the qualification process required for Florida Medicaid Long-Term Care Managed Care plans. An individual must first need nursing home level care and second, they must meet financial eligibility requirements. Qualifying for Florida Medicaid: Medically Necessary Nursing Home Level Care To qualify for Florida’s long-term managed care plan, you have to require nursing home level care. You must be able to...

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Are You Struggling to Find the Prices for Nursing Home Care?

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Have you noticed that prices for nursing home care are impossible to find? Individuals and families searching for assisted living and other facilities quickly notice how rare transparency in this area. When you are searching for an independent living facility, assisted living community, nursing home, continuing care retirement community, or other care facility for seniors, it’s likely that you’ll see a lot of pleasant photography and wordy descriptions of the location. What you probably won’t see is the price for care at the facility. The public holds most industries to a transparency standard with great success, but one industry that seems...

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Who Should Consider the Benefits of a Reverse Mortgage?

Many Floridians planning for retirement consider the Reverse Home Mortgage. In the right situation, the reverse home mortgage can increase a retiree’s financial security and improve their quality of life. Alongside numerous benefits, there are also drawbacks or disadvantages. Fees: The reverse mortgage is associated with high, upfront fees (closing and insurance costs and origination fees). For a frame of reference, the fees are marginally higher than the costs associated with refinancing. There are options to finance the fees in the reverse mortgage itself to avoid the out of pocket costs. Interest: The reverse mortgage has no monthly payments. As such, the...

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