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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Many unaware Medicare covers chronic conditions, preventative care and vaccines

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

A lot of health care providers still don’t know that the law has changed, and Medicare now covers many skilled nursing, home health and therapy services even if they simply maintain a person’s health and don’t improve their condition.

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What is a consent decree?

submitted by Carla V. Risoldi, LLC, risoldilawoffices.com

Q.  My son got into some trouble and we have a pending case in Pennsylvania juvenile court. A friend mentioned something called a “consent decree.”  What is that?

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Pennsylvania’s new power of attorney law

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

On July 2nd, 2014, Act 95 of 2014, which makes substantial changes to Pennsylvania’s power of attorney law, was signed into law. A power of attorney (POA) is a document that gives you the authority to appoint an agent to make both financial and health care decisions on your behalf if you become disabled or incapacitated.

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Something smells funny with this deal

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

Have you ever been presented with an offer that feels like your getting something for nothing? Usually these things don’t present themselves very often. But occasionally the stars line up in just the right way and win the lottery. How about the times when you think you have the “deal of the century” and it turns out to be a lemon. Don’t let yourself be scammed by fast talk and awesome deals.

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Prepare your car for the winter weather

submitted by Herb Elsner’s Auto Repair, www.elsnerautorepair.com.

Now is the time to get your vehicle ready for the upcoming frigid weather.

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What items require a certified copy of a Death Certificate?

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

When a death occurs, families are unaware of all the potential items that may require a Certified Death Certificate. It is suggested that families order 3-4 additional copies when the death occurs because families discover items or assets that they were not aware of when a loved one was alive. Today, many families may order between 10-20 copies on the average. The State of Pennsylvania currently charges $6 per copy and this is relatively inexpensive compared to other states or metropolitan areas around the country.

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