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January 2018 Archives

Changes to Medicaid requirements may affect Medicaid planning

Many people in New Jersey rely on the availability of Medicaid services to allow them to pay for their health care both now or in the future. However, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued guidelines regarding states' rights to make it mandatory for certain people who receive Medicaid benefits to work in order to keep receiving benefits. This is a big departure from how the Medicaid and Medicare programs have operated in the past. For example, under these guidelines, if a person does not have a disability and is of a working age, then in order to receive benefits the state could require that person to get a job, volunteer or go back to school. Caregiving may fulfill this requirement.

More people in New Jersey, nationwide, becoming 'elder orphans'

As people in New Jersey reach their elder years, living alone becomes more difficult. People who were once able to live independently now may find that they need assistance taking care of themselves and their homes. Some people may even need in-home health care. It can be a blow to one's ego to find that they need help with basic activities, but it is something that a person should anticipate might happen to them some day.

Two issues facing you in the sandwich generation

People in the sandwich generation are those who are caring for aging parents as well as children, either minors or young adults. People 45 to 65 years old tend to make up this generation, and the task of balancing their caregiving responsibilities along with work and emotional fulfillment can be immense.

As lifespans increase, so does the need for long-term care

Due to advances in medical care, more people in New Jersey and across the nation are living longer than ever. However, not everyone is lucky enough to be able to take care of themselves on their own until their dying day. It is more likely that, as a person ages, he or she will need help with daily activities and will have health care needs. Therefore, more people can anticipate needing in-home health care or needing to reside in a nursing home. This makes long-term care planning more important than ever.

Seeking help when guardianship is the only option

Sometimes, if a person in East Hanover is suffering from dementia, Alzheimer's disease or has some other mental condition that renders them incapacitated, the only alternative available to them is guardianship. In fact, in New Jersey they only grounds upon which an individual can pursue guardianship over another individual is if that other individual is incapacitated. This is different than incompetency.

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