What does Medicare Cover in a Skilled Nursing Facility?

You or a family member have a serious health event like a stroke or a broken hip and are admitted to the hospital. Rehabilitation services are needed. What will Medicare cover?

Medicare will cover skilled nursing and rehabilitation services, that is medically necessary services ordered by a physician and performed by a physical therapist, occupational therapist or other skilled professional, under Medicare Part A.

To qualify for the coverage the patient must meet the following criteria:

  1. Patient must have been admitted to the hospital and spent three overnights. Important note: observation
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Event at Landerbrook Transitional Care

Cleveland elder law lawyer Elizabeth L. Perla of the Perla Law Firm, LLC, along with Greg Berlin of Oasis Asset Mgmt. Group Inc. and Kevin Kutz of Creative Insurance Solutions, LLC will be offering a panel discussion on planning services available to seniors on March 14, 2018 at 6pm at Landerbrook Transitional Care in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. The discussion will cover long-term care insurance, affording the costs of aging, asset protection, legal documents for seniors and more. To RSVP for the event, contact Landerbrook at 440.443.0345.… Read the rest

What is a Pet Trust?

For many people, a dog or cat is a member of the family. Just like human family, a person may want to provide for animal family members in the event of the owner’s death or disability. Thanks to a relatively recent change to Ohio law, a Pet Trust can do just that.

Ohio law permits the creation of a trust for the care of an animal, commonly known as a Pet trust. The trust can provide for the care and support of any animal that is alive during the trust maker’s lifetime.

The trust maker generally would appoint a caregiver and a person, called a Trustee, who would make sure the terms of the trust are followed.… Read the rest

What to Do When Mom or Dad Needs Long Term Care Presentation at Westlake Libarary

On Monday, March 5th at 7 pm Elder Law Lawyer Elizabeth Perla will be presenting What to Do When Mom or Dad Needs Long Term Care at Westlake Porter Public Library. Contact the library to sign up.

Whether Mom or Dad’s decline was gradual or the result of a sudden health event, all face the same difficult questions. This program, led by local elder law lawyer Elizabeth L. Perla, will walk your through making the best long term care plan for your loved one.  We will cover how to ensure that the necessary legal documents are in place, what care options are available and how to choose the best one, how to pay… Read the rest

What Rights Does a Resident of a Nursing Home Have?

What rights do I have as a resident of a long-term care facility? Under the laws of the State of Ohio, the answer is quite a few. Thanks to a piece of legislation commonly referred to as the “Nursing Home Bill of Rights”, residents of facilities that provide accommodations to three or more unrelated people for more than twenty-four hours, enjoy a wide array of protections. This legislation extends to individuals currently receiving care in a nursing home, residential care facility, or county home.

Here are some of the most important rights afforded to those who are living in a private or public… Read the rest