Is a Personal Care Home the Same as a Nursing Home?

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Is a personal care home the same as a nursing home? This is a common question for families looking into care options for themselves or their loved ones. The answer is, no, although sometimes the two get confused. Personal care homes are residences that provide seniors support with instrumental activities of daily living and/or activities […]

The Big Financial Risk facing Pennsylvania Seniors

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Recently I wrote about how death taxes impact Pennsylvania residents and their heirs. The conclusion was that for most of us, federal death taxes are not an issue. And Pennsylvania’s inheritance tax can take a modest bite from our accumulated wealth. [See my recent article Death Taxes For Pennsylvania Residents] For many Pennsylvania seniors a […]

Be Wary when Signing Nursing Home Admission Paperwork

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Placing a family member in a nursing home is a difficult and traumatic event. One of the obstacles to be overcome is reviewing and signing the facility’s admission paperwork. This typically involves many pages of complicated provisions and jargon. There is a temptation to just sign wherever directed without even trying to read and understand […]

Nursing Home Residents Gain More Control over their Care

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Last September I wrote about the Federal Government’s update and reform of its regulation of long-term care facilities. See, “Government Updates Nursing Home Regulations.” In my prior posting I focused on the controversial sections limiting the use of arbitration agreements in nursing facility admission contracts. That aspect of the new rule is currently in limbo […]

Government Updates Rules for Long-Term Care Facilities

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The Federal Government has issued a final rule which updates and reforms its regulation of long-term care facilities. The final rule was issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). It was formally published in the Federal Register on October 4, 2016. Federal nursing home regulations have not had a comprehensive update since 1991. […]