Can you be discharged from an Assisted Living facility?

submitted by E. Garrett Gummer, III, Esquire, and Maureen L. Anderson, Esquire, www.GummerElderLaw.com

 

 

Assisted Living facilities provide long-term or permanent care for residents. However, occasionally they are confronted with a situation, which requires them to discharge a resident or terminate the resident’s admission contract.

As a resident, you have rights, which protect you from being discharged without cause.

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A window into a different world

submitted by Gary Selleck, Owner, C and C Family Roofing

Do you remember when you were a kid and you were not allowed outside to play because it was raining? You would sit with your chin on the windowsill and dream about all the adventures you could be having. That small pane of glass separated you from a whole new world.

In a similar fashion skylights provide a glimpse into another world but without having to deal with weather conditions. So what happens when that skylight starts to let the outside world in?

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How divorce and remarriage affect Social Security benefits

submitted by E. Garrett Gummer, III, Esquire, and Maureen L. Anderson, Esquire, www.GummerElderLaw.com

Many people are aware that seniors are entitled to collect Social Security benefits that are calculated based on their spouse’s work record. What’s less well-known is that this benefit applies in many cases to divorced spouses. In fact, ex-spouses may even be entitled to survivors benefits in certain circumstances.

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Trapped in a time warp?

submitted by Gary Selleck, Owner, C and C Family Roofing

Have you ever looked at your house and felt like you were living in the 70’s? Every house on the block has fresh vibrant new siding and yours is either old asbestos tiles or faded aluminum siding. Maybe it’s time for a home makeover. But what siding should you choose? Here are some siding options to get the mental juices flowing.

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The conversation

submitted by Jason “Oz” Oszczakiewicz, Owner/Supervisor, Varcoe-Thomas Funeral Home of Doylestown, Inc.

Recently, a couple discussed their funeral arrangements with their children. And as is the case with many families, once the couple informed their children about their funeral arrangement decisions, their children didn’t want to hear any further discussion and the discussion was shut down. This denial is very common. The last thing you want to discuss with family members is your final demise and your wishes regarding funeral/cremation services and your assets, but it is one of the most important decisions a person/couple will ever make.

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Grave matters

submitted by Jason “Oz” Oszczakiewicz, Owner/Supervisor, Varcoe-Thomas Funeral Home of Doylestown, Inc.

There is growing curiosity among consumers as they are learning that in Pennsylvania, in addition to a traditional funeral home, cemetery companies have the ability to sell cemetery property, as well as caskets, vaults, monuments or other funeral merchandise.  However, what they may not realize is that the prices for certain merchandise have been inflated beyond what privately-owned funeral homes offer.  Consumers also may not realize that today, many larger cemeteries are owned or managed by larger corporations or a funeral service corporation.

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Time to give your house a check-up

submitted by Gary Selleck, owner, C&C Family Roofing

As the winter begins to loosen its hold on the area it’s time to take step back and assess the damage that Mother Nature caused on your home. There are some easy ways to determine what needs to be taken care of before winter comes back around.

Take a good hard look (or better yet a feel) at the performance of your windows and doors. Put your hand along the edges and across the bottom of your entry doors. If you feel a dramatic decrease in temperature you may need to replace your weather stripping around your door or replace the entire door.

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A quick look at Medicare, Medicaid, and nursing homes

submitted by E. Garrett Gummer, III, Esquire, and Maureen L. Anderson, Esquire, www.GummerElderLaw.com

Many people are surprised to discover that Medicare actually provides very limited coverage for nursing homes.

In theory, Medicare Part A covers up to 100 days of care in a skilled nursing facility for each spell of illness. However, this is true only if the nursing-home care follows at least a three-day admission to a hospital. Further, after 20 days, you must pay a copayment of $157 a day (although this may be covered by Medigap insurance).

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Safe grilling tips

submitted by Rick Holland, Blue Flame Gas Service

America’s grilling culture is second to none. And with people across the country firing up their grills this summer, now is the best time to remind everyone about safe grilling.

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When a loved one chooses medical donation

submitted by Jason “Oz” Oszczakiewicz, Owner/Supervisor, Varcoe-Thomas Funeral Home of Doylestown, Inc.

When a family member chooses to donate their body to a research facility or medical school there are several items that need to be addressed prior to the death occurring.

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