February 2017

Barbara Boone McGinnis Answers FAQ

Certified Elder Law Attorney Barbara Boone McGinnis answers questions on a number of topics, including choosing an elder law attorney, setting up a scholarship fund to honor of a deceased loved one, and the disposition of funds in a VA fiduciary account after the beneficiary dies.

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Caregiver Spouse Group Meets March 2

As part of the firm's Learning Cafe Client Education Series, the Caregiver Spouse Group will meet from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. on March 2, 2017. The discussion topic will be "Hospital Rules You Need to Know." ​Dessert and coffee will be served. 

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Takacs McGinnis presents VA program to local professionals

On Thursday, February 23, nearly two dozen professionals from assisted living facilities, home health providers, and home medical organizations in Sumner County gathered at Black-Eyed Pea Restaurant in Hendersonville to learn about the latest changes in VA benefits, the public benefit program that supports veterans and their surviving spouses.

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Tax relief and tax freeze available to Hendersonville seniors

If you're a resident of Hendersonville who is 65 or older, you may qualify for a rebate on your tax bill due Feb. 28. You may also be eligible for a tax freeze. 

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Surviving Spouse Group Meets February 28

As part of the firm's Learning Cafe Client Education Series, the Surviving Spouse Group will meet from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. on February 28, 2017. The discussion topic will be "Everything You Know about Taxes & Finances Has Changed." ​A light lunch will be provided.

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Finding Reliable Health Info Online

There is so much information about Alzheimer’s and dementia available online. How can you tell which information you can trust?

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Life Care Planning vs Traditional Elder Law

What do we do at Takacs McGinnis Elder Care Law that makes us so unique? This chart boils it down--and one of our clients sums it up.

 

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Sorry, Nobody Wants Your Parents' Stuff

If you find yourself in the unenviable position of having to help get rid of your parents' personal property, it can be a rude awakening when you find out that no one wants this stuff!

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Other Medicare Open Enrollment Periods

Though open enrollment that runs from mid October to early December each year gets the most attention, there are several other open enrollment periods during the year that Medicare beneficiaries need to know about. Medicare Specialist Bonnie Woodward offers an overview.

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Mt. Juliet Police Launch Safe Return Program for Special Needs, Vulnerable Persons

Mt. Juliet Police have rolled out a voluntary registry that will assist officers in quickly locating persons with special needs or vulnerabilities who wander away or go missing. This article from the Mt. Juliet Police Department's newsroom explains more about this innovative program.

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Are joint accounts ever a good idea?

If you're thinking about adding your adult children to your bank accounts so your kids can pay your bills for you when you can't, you may want to think twice. Certified Elder Law Attorney Timothy L. Takacs explains why in this article from the Takacs McGinnis Family Resources Center. 

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A Client's Story

From time to time, we like to share what families have said about the services our firm provides. This client's story underscores just how all-consuming the elder care journey can be for family caregivers.

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Learning Cafe Set for February 16

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, February 16, 2017. The discussion topic will be "Medicaid/TennCare CHOICES." ​

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Care = Love

Valentine's Day seems like the perfect time to examine the role that love plays in the way we care for our older loved ones. Love motivated this former Wall Street Analyst to change careers to take care of a 95-year old grandmother after she collapsed following a medication error. 


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Medicaid Item D Deductions

If you or a loved one are a Medicaid/TennCare beneficiary, you need to know about Item D deductions. Public Benefits Specialist Joshua Bey offers a brief overview.

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Know the Signs of Heart Troubles

Heart Awareness Month each February is always a good time to review the warning signs of a stroke, heart attack, and cardiac arrest, especially if you're looking after an elderly loved one. 

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How to Hire a Caregiver

If you're caring for an elderly loved one, it's a big step to admit that you need help. When you're ready to take the plunge and hire someone to come in and provide care for your loved one, this article series that first appeared in the winter 2016 issue of The Continuum, explains the basics.

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Five Tips on Whether to File a 2016 Tax Return

If you're caring for elderly loved ones and you're just starting to manage their finances, you may have questions about whether you need to file a tax return on their behalf. Here are some tips that will help you sort things out.

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Help People with Alzheimer's Stay Safe in Cold Weather

As more winter weather heads our way, what can you do to be prepared to help people with Alzheimer’s stay safe in cold weather? This free brochure from the National Institute on Aging explains the details.

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Choosing an Assisted Living Facility

If you're in the market for an assisted living facility for an elderly loved one, how do you go about choosing the right one? Elder Care Coordinator Debra King offers these tips.

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Make Your Wishes Known

Eighty percent of Americans say that if they were seriously ill, they would want to talk to their doctor about how they would like their lives to end. Yet only seven percent actually have the conversation. Seventy-five percent of people want to die at home but only 25 percent actually do. Why the disconnect?

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Five-Step Trust Process

Certified Elder Law Attorneys Tim Takacs and Barbara Boone McGinnis discuss the five-step trust process in this throwback video series from a few years ago. 

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CMS Bans Nursing Homes' Use of Pre-Dispute Arbitration Agreements

In a new ruling by The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), nursing homes will no longer be allowed to force residents’ disputes into the private system of justice known as arbitration. 

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Understanding Care Plan Meetings

If your loved one is a resident of a nursing home, you may hear the terms “Plan of Care” and “Care Plan Meetings.” What do these terms mean and why do they matter? This article explains.

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