Category Archives: Title XIX

NEW LEGISLATION AFFECTING SENIORS (2018 Session)

The Office of Legislative Research for the State of Connecticut has published some of the new laws passed by the Connecticut legislature during the 2018 session.  Here are some of those new laws which were effective either when passed or as of October 1, 2018 unless otherwise noted: Emergency Medical Response System Contract: If you… Read More »

KNOW WHEN IT’S TIME TO ASK FOR HELP

Although I am an attorney, I have always enjoyed tinkering with manual labor trades. Thanks to my late father, I have a pretty expansive working knowledge of painting, carpentry, plumbing, electrical, sheet rocking, taping and many other fields. Although he was very mechanically inclined, he never did any of his own car repairs. I do…. Read More »

THEY ARE MY PARENTS – why am I asked to leave the room?

It is quite common in the practice of elder law for adult children to make the initial contact with the law firm and come in for consultations with their parents. As attorneys we always need to be cautious of our relationship with our clients. We must first identify who will be our client, the parent… Read More »

WHAT ARE THE ELDERLY HOUSING OPTIONS?

As we age and develop the need for assistance with our activities of daily living (ADL’s), which are generally defined as eating, bathing, dressing, toileting, transferring (walking) and continence, we have options on how to meet those needs. Some of those options are: Homecare: Remain in your home and bring care into your home either… Read More »

ESTATE PLANNING, JUST THE BEGINNING

After having completed your estate planning documents including a Power of Attorney (POA), Appointment of Healthcare Representative (HCR), Designation of Conservator (DC), Living Will, also called Advance Directive (AD) and your Last Will and Testament, who do you tell or give copies of it to? First, this is a subjective question. The answer is whomever… Read More »

ELDERLY PROTECTIVE SERVICES

DO YOU SUSPECT AN ELDER IS AT RISK OF ABUSE, NEGLECT OR EXPLOITATION? There may be times when you suspect an elderly person is being abused, exploited or neglected; what do you do? Under Connecticut law, services are available to protect that person through Elderly Protective Services which is administered by the Department of Social… Read More »

CARE CONTRACTS: Paying Children for Caring for their Parents

A Care Contract is a valid agreement, preferably in writing, between a person, usually Mom or Dad who may need Medicaid(Title XIX )in the foreseeable future and others, usually children, who will provide the care.  The contract generally provides that Mom, for example, is going to need some assistance due to a decline in health. … Read More »

WHAT IS ELDER LAW?

Before discussing the legal practice known as “elder law”, it is useful to define what is meant by the word “elder.” In the legal sense, the definition depends on the specific area of law in which the term is being used.  For example, for purposes of age discrimination, you must be at least 40. To… Read More »

HOMECARE PROVIDER PITFALLS

As our parents and relatives get older, we are all faced with affordable homecare/companion decisions. Many try to accommodate a loved one’s desire to remain home and limit “strangers” in their home. To that end, many people hire relatives, friends and/or neighbors to fill the gaps in the care coverage that one needs and these… Read More »

LIFE END PLANNING FOR MOM AND DAD

Mom and Dad have taken care of you all your life. They are now aging and their health may or may not be failing yet. Have they taken the appropriate steps to plan accordingly? Do you even know? Many times it is difficult to broach this subject with your Mom or Dad because it is… Read More »

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