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Want Florida Medicaid Benefits For Nursing Home Costs? First You’ll Need The Right Power of Attorney
October 21, 2020

Every Florida adult needs a valid Durable Power of Attorney. This essential legal document gives one or more people – your “agents” – the authority to handle financial matters on your behalf. It provides you with important protections, one of…

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Florida Lifts Visitation Ban on Long-Term Care Facilities, But With Serious Restrictions
September 5, 2020

Under certain strict conditions, you may once again be able to visit your loved one who resides in a Florida nursing home or assisted living facility. Long-term care facilities and assisted living facilities were closed to most visitors beginning in…

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Florida Nursing Homes Still Locked Down: When Can You Visit Your Loved One Again?
August 17, 2020

Our Florida elder law attorneys advise many families who have a loved one residing in a long-term care nursing facility. While the coronavirus pandemic has been disruptive and burdensome for everyone, it has created additional, brutal realities for these families….

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Will Stimulus Funds Affect Your Medicaid Nursing Home Benefits?
April 30, 2020

As a result of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act  (CARES Act) passed on March 27, 2020, most Americans are receiving stimulus checks. If you are earning under $75,000 annually, your check will be $1,200. If someone resides…

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Facility information on coronavirus cases now available
Facility information on coronavirus cases now available
April 19, 2020

Staff and administrators at long-term facilities and assisted living facilities are under extraordinary pressure, and that’s an understatement. They are taking risks to protect patients and residents and we salute them for their efforts. Until now, the names of Florida…

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Nursing Homes, Assisted Living Residents and Families Cope With Pandemic
Nursing Homes, Assisted Living Residents and Families Cope With Pandemic
April 1, 2020

There are 71,000 people living in 691 licensed nursing homes in Florida, and thousands more in assisted living residences. Nursing homes and assisted living residences provide comfort, security and help. But these days, they also provide everything the corona virus…

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Nursing Home Compare Flags 25 Florida Nursing Homes
Nursing Home Compare Flags 25 Florida Nursing Homes
October 30, 2019

To help families make informed decisions when placing a loved one in a nursing facility, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services maintains a “Nursing Home Compare” web site. This is a searchable database of skilled nursing facilities nationwide. It…

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Skilled Nursing Homes Face Tightened Scrutiny of Staffing Levels
Skilled Nursing Homes Face Tightened Scrutiny of Staffing Levels
February 7, 2019

Throughout our many years of experience, we have found the vast majority of nursing home staff to be well-intentioned and hardworking. That said, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have concluded there is room for improvement. A new,…

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Veterans Benefits Delay Agonizing for Two Proud Marines
April 7, 2018

V.A. Aid and Attendance (officially known as Improved Pension with Aid and Attendance) is a little-know benefit available to elderly and disabled veterans who served during certain wartime periods and who can meet financial and other eligibility criteria. However, “available”…

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Fines Reduced for Many Nursing Home Violations: What It May Mean For Your Loved One
Fines Reduced for Many Nursing Home Violations: What It May Mean For Your Loved One
February 22, 2018

In keeping with its goal of reducing bureaucracy and eliminating unnecessary regulations, the Trump Administration has scaled back penalties levied on federally funded nursing homes for violations of certain safety and quality standards.  It has also made it more difficult…

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