Are You Missing Out on Benefits?

Q. Is there any resource on the Internet which has a compilation of benefit programs for seniors, all in one place and that’s easy to use? A. Yes! You may be unaware that seniors have access to hundreds of federal and state benefits programs that may assist them. Many retirees meet the requirements for these… Read More »

Filial Responsibility: Are Children Responsible For Their Parents’ Care?

Q. My wife and I are concerned that our adult children might be held financially responsible for our care in the event we run out of our own resources. Our children are good kids, but they have their own financial responsibilities, including putting their own kids through college. Can you shed any light on this?… Read More »

Senior Alert: Medi-Cal Eligibility Rules Are Changing For Those Over 65!

Q. I heard that the Medi-Cal rules to qualify for a long-term care subsidy are about to change. This would be very important to us, as my husband, now aged 85, will soon need care in a nursing home, and we are very concerned about the cost. Do you know anything about this? A. Yes,… Read More »

Should We Sell Mom’s Home To Pay For Her Care?

Q. Our mother is in assisted living and may need to go into a nursing home soon. To raise money for her ongoing care, we are thinking of selling her home which is now vacant. Any thoughts as to whether that makes sense? A. Well, here’s the thing: selling mom’s home may undermine her ability… Read More »

Legal Action Plan After a Dementia Diagnosis

Q. My husband was just diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, but still seems to be generally okay. Are there legal steps we should take by way of planning for the future? A.  Yes. Once you or loved one has been diagnosed with dementia, it is important to take action to get your affairs in order. Here is… Read More »

  Spouse on Medi-Cal?  May Be Time To Change Your Will

Q. My husband is in a nursing home and has qualified  for a Medi-Cal subsidy to help with care expenses. To qualify, I was obliged to take his name off of most of our bank accounts, so that almost everything is in my name now. However, I have my own health problems and I wonder… Read More »

Defending Against Premature Nursing Home Discharges

Q.  My father was discharged from the hospital into a nursing home, has been there only about 2 weeks under MediCARE, and now they are pressing us to bring him home. But, he’s not ready and still needs care. Is this right? A.  No, it is not. Unfortunately, many nursing homes are concerned about whether… Read More »