April 2017

Questions & Answers about Advance Care Planning

Wondering who will make healthcare decisions for you when you can't make them for yourself? Certified Elder Law Attorney Barbara Boone McGinnis answers common questions about Advance Directives, Living Wills, and Healthcare Agents.

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Social Security Reform Should Consider Life Expectancy Gap

If you're into data, you may be interested in knowing that a new research study has found that for those born in 1960, there is a $130,000 gap in benefits between the highest and lowest socioeconomic groups. This life expectancy gap could have serious implications for seniors--and policymakers.

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Have you seen Takacs McGinnis Elder Care Law Hour?

Have you seen Tim and Barbara's new TV show? It airs every Friday at 9 am on Nashville Channel 5+. If you can't catch it when it airs, watch the program on our website. The April episode is available for viewing here.

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Stop by for Shred Day on April 27!

Medicare Specialist Bonnie Woodard talks about the upcoming "Shred Event" for clients from 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. on April 27, 2017. Clients and their families are invited to bring documents, files and other items to be securely destroyed. The event will be held at the Takacs McGinnis Elder Care Law office at 201 Walton Ferry Road in Hendersonville. 

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What You Need to Know about Nursing Home Regulations - Part 2

Elder Care Coordinator Pati Bedwell talks more about recent changes in federal nursing home regulations. If someone you love is living in a nursing home, you'll want to watch this.

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Surviving Spouses Group Meets April 25

Elder Care Coordinator Debra King talks about the upcoming Surviving Spouse Group on April 25, 2017. The discussion topic will be "Hospital Rules You Need to Know." ​A light lunch will be provided.

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Irrevocable Trusts Topic at April 20 Learning Cafe

Elder Care Coordinator Pati Bedwell talks about the upcoming client education event Learning Cafe for All, which will be held from 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. tomorrow, April 20, 2017. The discussion topic will be "Irrevocable Trusts." ​

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Trust School Set for April 20

Medicare Specialist Bonnie Woodard talks about the upcoming client education event Learning Cafe for All, which will be held from 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, 2017. The discussion topic will be "Irrevocable Trusts." ​

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Stop by for Shred Day on April 27!

Medicare Specialist Bonnie Woodard talks about the upcoming "Shred Event" for clients from 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. on April 27, 2017. Clients and their families are invited to bring documents, files and other items to be securely destroyed. The event will be held at the Takacs McGinnis Elder Care Law office at 201 Walton Ferry Road in Hendersonville. 

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“Can you hear me?” It's the latest scam.

If someone calls and asks “Can you hear me?", what you do next can make all the difference.This is a new scam circling the country, one that only requires you to say “YES.” 

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Are You Managing a Loved One's Finances?

Millions of Americans are managing money or property for a loved one who is unable to pay bills or make financial decisions. To help financial caregivers, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Office offers four easy-to-understand booklets. 

 

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The Patients Were Saved. That’s Why the Families Are Suing.

Here's an interesting take on the advance directive discussion: relatives of patients resuscitated against their instructions are increasingly willing to sue over “wrongful life.”

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Hospital Stays: Inpatient or Observation Status?

How can a person be in a hospital bed yet not considered an inpatient? Elder Care Coordinator Debra King explains the basics about "observation status" and outlines how a patient's status affects how Medicare will pay the hospital bill. This is a must-watch for anyone caring for elderly loved ones.

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Tim & Barbara's New TV Show Debuts April 14

Tim Takacs and Barbara McGinnis have a new show on Nashville Channel 5+. Takacs McGinnis Elder Care Law News Hour will premiere on Friday, April 14 and air every Friday at 9 am with a new episode each month. If you can't catch the program at its regular airtime, you can access the video on the Takacs McGinnis website and social media channels. 

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Time Out Workshop Participant Registration Opens April 10

If you're a social worker, discharge planner, case manager, or other professional who serves the elderly or people with disabilities, mark your calendar. Registration for the 2017 Time Out Workshop opens this Monday, April 10, 2017. Medicare Specialist Bonnie Woodard explains more, including why you shouldn't put off signing up.

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What You Need to Know about Nursing Home Regulations - Part 1

Elder Care Coordinator Pati Bedwell discusses recent changes in federal nursing home regulations. If someone you love is living in a nursing home, you'll want to watch this. 

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April 16 - 22 is National Healthcare Decisions Day

Have you had "the talk" with loved ones about your end-of-life wishes? Most people haven't. That's why Takacs McGinnis Elder Care Law is participating in a massive effort to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making—an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of April 16 - 22 as National Healthcare Decisions Day. Read on to access free resources that can help you and your family have those important conversations and document your wishes.

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