Category: Long Term Care Planning/ Medicaid Planning

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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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

What Can You Do When A Guardian Isn’t Doing His Job?

Thanks to changes in Ohio law, there is now a clear procedure for wards and family members of wards seeking court intervention when a guardian  isn’t meeting the requirements of his job.  Every county probate court is required to have procedures in place to evaluate guardian complaints and if the complaints merit it, set the same for hearing.  The court may also schedule the relevant parties for mediation.  In more extreme cases, an action may be needed to remove the guardian.

To find out more about a guardian’s responsibilities, the wards rights and the options available to wards … Read the rest

How Do I Make Changes to My Will?

Under Ohio Law, a Will, or a modification of a Will, known as a Codicil, must meet the same execution requirements. That is, it must be signed by the testator at the end with two individuals witnessing your signature.

Not uncommonly, individual will come into the office with their old original Wills marked up with changes that they want made. The markings can create a big problem. It can effectively invalidate the old will and not having met the execution requirements, not qualify as a codicil, leaving the person with no valid will.

If you want to make changes to your Will, the preferred method is to… Read the rest

Where Should I Keep my Will? Does it Need to Be Filed Anywhere?

There is no requirement that a Last Will and Testament be recorded anywhere once it is made to be effective. Instead, should a probate estate need to be opened upon your death, that is the time when the Will would need to be filed with the probate court in the county where you resided when you died.

Generally, I recommend that a client keep his Will in a fire safe in his home, and ensure that loved ones know where it is and can access when the client passes away.

It is never a good idea to keep the Will in a safety deposit box in the client’s name only because an estate would need to be opened to get access to the… Read the rest