Your Medical Condition Does Not Always Have to Improve to Qualify for Medicare Coverage

By Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq. of Hanlon Niemann & Wright, a Freehold Township, Monmouth County Elder Care and Medicare Attorney Medicare Beneficiaries who are discharged from a hospital can qualify for Medicare Coverage of Skilled Nursing Care under specific circumstances.  I’ve listed these circumstances for you below: The skilled nursing facility care was ordered by […]

When Can Medicare Stop Paying for Skilled Care and Rehabilitation

By Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq. of Hanlon Niemann, a Freehold, NJ Medicaid Attorney Often times families and patients are told by representatives of a nursing home or outpatient Medicare provider that Medicare will not pay for continued rehab, therapy or care because the patient is not improving. But is this policy legal? The short answer […]

My Spouse Needs Nursing Home Care – What are my Options?

Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq., NJ Medicaid Attorney Mary and Joe own their home and have $150,000 in savings.  They have wills leaving everything to each other and then alternatively to their children, but they have done nothing to address their long term care needs.  Joe is now about to enter a nursing home and Mary […]

Assisted Living Facility Residents Can Lose Their Homes if Their Facility Stops Participating in Medicaid

Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq., NJ Medicaid Application Attorney Most people want to avoid nursing home care.  Many people believe that assisted living provides them with something better: choice, control, independence, and safety in a “non-institutional, community-based setting.”  What is not widely known is that the protections for nursing home residents provided by the federal Nursing […]

Son Responsible For Mom’s Nursing Home Bill

Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq., NJ Asset Protection Attorney Many times the children of elderly clients ask whether they can be held responsible for Mom or Dad’s long term care costs.  My answer always was that there wasn’t anything to worry about unless you take your parents money.  That no longer appears to be the case. […]

The Frail Senior and Obama-Care

Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq., an Elder Law Attorney Have you been wondering if the proposed Obama-Biden “plan to lower healthcare costs and ensure affordable, accessible, health coverage for all” would provide long-term skilled nursing home care for frail seniors?  The short answer is…no! The key features of the plan focus on providing access to healthcare […]

The Law Has Changed: Read About This “Medicaid Near Miss”

Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq., NJ Medicaid Attorney Here’s a story I was told by a colleague.  Mary was 85 years old and had been cared for by her granddaughter, Jane for several years.  As Mary’s health deteriorated mentally and physically, Jane devoted more of her time to caring for Mary, putting her own life on hold […]

The Risk of Going Through Medicaid Application Process Alone

Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq., NJ Medicaid Application Attorney When money is running out and the family is faced with the need to apply for Medicaid to pay for long term care the question becomes “should we do this ourselves or should we hire an elder law attorney to help?”  Sometimes the hospital or the nursing […]

Have children? Pay them for your care.

How children can be paid for as a caregiver to their parent(s) – Part 1 This is Part 1 of a 4 part series of blogs on caregiving contracts to aging parents and children (including adult children) with disabilities. Taking care of a parent can be a full-time job.  Children may have to give up […]