Elder Law & Long-Term Care Planning Blog

We keep you updated with Elder Law, Estate Planning, Long-Term Care, and Medicaid news that affects you and your loved ones in Coral Springs, Ft. Lauderdale, South Florida, and beyond.

The Medicaid Five-Year Look-Back Period: A Guide for Families 

As we age, long-term care costs can become a considerable financial burden for individuals and their families. Medicaid, a joint federal and state program, can cover these costs for a person who could not otherwise afford care. However, applying for Medicaid benefits is a complex process and overwhelming for most.  One of the more well-known but often misunderstood policies is the Medicaid Five-Year Look-Back Period. Before applying for Medicaid benefits, it is important to understand

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Navigating Nursing Home Care Costs: What does Medicaid Pay When you Need Care in a Nursing Home or Assisted Living?

As we age, it is important to consider the possibility of needing long-term care, especially as health changes may eventually make it challenging to live independently. Nursing homes can provide the necessary care and support, but the costs associated with nursing facilities can be overwhelming for many families. There is an option for those concerned about the cost of long-term care and looking to protect their own or a loved one’s assets.  Medicaid, a government

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Can a Nursing Home Evict a Resident for Nonpayment?

As parents age and require special care, many families turn to nursing homes to make sure their loved ones get the support they need. However, concerns about the possibility of eviction, discharge, or transfer can add stress to an already challenging time. In this article, we explore the legal aspects of nursing home evictions in Florida, focusing on the rights of residents, when a nursing home can evict a resident for nonpayment, and when a

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Getting Paid as a Caregiver for Elderly Family Members in Florida

When it comes to providing care for elderly family members, many family members or friends step in to offer their assistance. Some potential care providers may not know that there are opportunities for financial assistance and you can get paid as a caregiver. In Florida, these rules intersect with state Medicaid and the complex regulations surrounding the state’s Medicaid home and community-based care programs. It is essential to navigate these legalities carefully, as improper handling

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Protecting Your Assets and Qualifying for Medicaid – Insights from the Empowering Caregivers Conference

In a world where aging and long-term care can present complex challenges, it’s crucial to have a solid plan in place to safeguard your assets and ensure access to necessary healthcare services. At the 2022 Empowering Caregivers Conference, Heidi Friedman, Esq., shared valuable insights on asset protection and Medicaid planning. In this blog post, we’ll summarize the key takeaways from the conference and discuss important considerations for securing a financially stable future. Medicaid: A Vital

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Can Returning Assets Eliminate a Medicaid Transfer Penalty?

When it comes to securing Medicaid to pay for long-term care in a nursing home for seniors, understanding the ins and outs of the Medicaid divestment rule or penalty divisor period is crucial. The penalty period is a period in which someone is ineligible for Medicaid benefits for as a result of violating the Medicaid look-back rule. Avoiding penalties is essential for ensuring that seniors receive the necessary support from health professionals without jeopardizing their financial

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Medicaid Look Back Period: Avoid These Costly Mistakes

Every day in Florida, seniors face the possibility of nursing home care as their care needs increase.  And for the majority, this includes looking to the Medicaid program to pay for that care.  Medicaid will pay for the cost of long-term care in a nursing home for any person over 65 who cannot afford care and meets the program’s eligibility requirements. Knowing this, many people assume that if they spend or give away everything they

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Are You Liable for Your Loved One’s Nursing Home Bill? Illegal Nursing Home Debt Collection

Whether you have a loved one in a nursing home or are a care coordinator, professional representative, or other health care provider, it’s important to advocate for our most vulnerable adults. Many families are shocked by the cost of nursing home care and bills can skyrocket quickly. The billing statements are often complicated and confusing. You might also wonder if you have to pay that bill should your loved one be unable to. It’s critical

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How to Use An Irrevocable Trust for Medicaid & Long-Term Care Planning

Medicaid is a benefits program that provides long-term care assistance to seniors who meet certain income and asset requirements. Unfortunately, many people are unaware of the options available to protect their assets from being spent down to qualify for Medicaid benefits.

An irrevocable trust is a very effective tool used in long-term care planning.  It can allow seniors to protect their hard-earned savings now and utilize Medicaid in the future.

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How Much Does Nursing Home Care Cost in Florida?

We all know someone or have had a loved one in nursing home care. It’s expensive, but what does it really cost? And who pays for it? Can you afford it, and if not, how will you or your family pay for care when you need it? Who Will Need Care in Florida? According to the department of health and human services, nearly 70 percent of seniors aged 65 and older will need some ongoing

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