Planning for Life

The State of Nursing Homes in Massachusetts

Posted by Harry S. Margolis on February 15, 2012

By Harry S. Margolis

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Topics: Medicare, MassHealth, long-term care planning, nursing homes

Do You Live in a NORC?

Posted by Harry S. Margolis on October 3, 2011

By Harry S. Margolis

I recently met with a new client who commented that she lives in a NORC.

"A what?" I asked.iStock-474949592.jpg

"A Naturally Occurring Retirement Community," she responded.

She explained that she and her neighbors in the apartment complex where she lives are all getting older.  Without a lot of people moving in and out, the facility is taking on the demographics of a retirement community.

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Topics: seniors, Retirement Planning, long-term care planning, nursing homes

Does a Health Care Proxy Trump Guardianship

Posted by Harry S. Margolis on August 12, 2011

By Harry S. Margolis

We had an inquiry from a nursing home about whether a guardian needed court approval to move a nursing home resident to another facility when she also had a health care proxy.

Under the Massachusetts guardianship law, guardians must first seek court approval before placing the protected person in a nursing home. However, agents under health care proxies have the right to make health care decisions for individuals and, presumably, this would include placement in a nursing home.

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Topics: guardianship, nursing homes

MassHealth Nursing Home Residents Should Keep Their Medigap Insurance

Posted by Jamie Marshall on March 23, 2011

nursing home residentThe families of nursing home residents moving from private pay to MassHealth coverage in nursing homes often ask whether they should maintain their Medicare supplemental insurance policies. We generally tell them that it’s up to them because it makes not financial difference.

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Topics: MassHealth, Medicare, nursing homes

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