March 2017

National Healthcare Decisions Day is April 16 - 22 Urges Americans to Make Their Wishes Known

Takacs McGinnis Elder Care Law, PLLC, along with other national, state and community organizations, are part of 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.

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Committed to Community Education

In addition to sponsoring professional education events for social workers, financial planners, and other professionals, Takacs McGinnis Elder Care Law contributes to continuing education events sponsored by other organizations. Here, Certified Elder Law Attorney Barbara Boone McGinnis and Elder Care Coordinator Debra King, LMSW, pose for a photo after presenting Common Nursing Home Problems and Nursing Home Reform Law at the 104th Annual TCSW Spring Conference in Nashville on March 20.

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It's Not Too Late to Register for the Virtual Dementia Tour

The Virtual Dementia Tour makes its 2017 debut tomorrow at Takacs McGinnis Elder Care Law at 201 Walton Ferry Road in Hendersonville. Elder Care Coordinator Debra King LMSW and Reba McBride, a social worker for Senior Helpers, pose for a photo op after taking the Virtual Dementia Tour last week.

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Don't Miss the Virtual Dementia Tour tomorrow at Takacs McGinnis Elder Care Law

The Virtual Dementia Tour is coming to Takacs McGinnis Elder Care Law in Hendersonville tomorrow, Thursday, March 30. Sign up to attend at www.seniorhelpers.com/nashville.

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Does Medicare cover nursing home care?

If you're looking after a loved one who might need nursing home care in the future, you may be wondering if Medicare will pick up any part of that nursing home bill. Medicare Specialist Bonnie Woodard explains what you can--and can't--expect from Medicare when it comes to a loved one's nursing home stay.

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Mark Your Calendars: Park Place Health & Wellness Fair

Takacs McGinnis Elder Care Law will have a booth at this popular annual event. Mark your calendars!

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Register Now to Attend the Virtual Dementia Tour at Takacs McGinnis Elder Care Law

The Virtual Dementia Tour is coming to Takacs McGinnis Elder Care Law in Hendersonville one week from today-- on Thursday, March 30. Sign up today at www.seniorhelpers.com/nashville.

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IRS Reminds Taxpayers of April 1 Deadline to Take Required Retirement Plan Distributions

If you're helping an elderly loved one manage finances, you'll want to keep this on your radar.

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Barbara Boone McGinnis answers viewer questions on OpenLine

Certified Elder Law Attorney Barbara Boone McGinnis takes viewer calls on a variety of elder law-related topics on the March 2017 edition of OpenLine. 

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Tips for Helping a Loved One on Medicare

If you're looking after elderly loved ones who receive their health benefits through Medicare, what do you need to know to best support them? Public Benefits Specialist Berkley Crain offers five helpful tips.

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Caregiver Children Group Meets March 21

Elder Care Coordinator Pati Bedwell talks about the Caregiver Children Group that will be meeting on March 21, 2017. The discussion topic will be "Hospital Rules You Need to Know." ​A light supper will be provided.

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SAVE THE DATE: Virtual Dementia Tour Makes Stop at Takacs McGinnis

The Virtual Dementia Tour is making a stop at Takacs McGinnis Elder Care Law in Hendersonville! We invite you to stop out for this free educational experience that may transform the way you view dementia. 

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Scam Alert – Orthotics

There's a new scam on the scene, this one involving companies illegally billing for orthotic devices such as back and knee braces.

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Learning Cafe Set for March 16

Elder Care Coordinator 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, March 16, 2017. The discussion topic will be "VA Pension Benefits." ​

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How do CHOICES 1 & CHOICES 2 compare?

What's the difference between CHOICES 1 and CHOICES 2? Public Benefits Specialist Joshua Bey explains.

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March is National Social Work Month

Social workers like our very own Debra King, a Licensed Master Social Worker, make a difference in the day-to-day lives of millions of Americans by helping to build, support, and empower positive family and community relationships. Hug a social worker in March during National Social Work Month!

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3 Tips for People in the Qualified Medicare Beneficiary Program

If you’re among the 7 million Americans enrolled in the Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB) Program, providers aren’t allowed to bill you for medical services and items that Medicare covers. This means you can’t be billed for Medicare deductibles, coinsurance, and copayments. What should you do if you get a bill for these charges? This article from the Medicare.gov blog explains.

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IRS Issues "Dirty Dozen" Tax Fraud Schemes

Frauds and schemes related to the IRS always get our attention. Here are the 12 most common tax scams reported in 2017 as reported by the IRS. If you're caring for elderly loved ones, you'll want to make sure they don't fall prey to #1, #2, and #3.

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Sexual Abuse in Nursing Homes

Few people like to think about the prospect of sexual abuse in nursing homes, much less talk about it. If someone you love is in a nursing home, it's vital that you know the signs of sexual abuse and what to do if you see them. This joint statement from three prominent agencies that advocate for older adults explains more.

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Avoiding Probate in Tennessee

If you are a resident of Tennessee and you want to make it possible for your family to avoid probate court after you die, what are your options? Certified Elder Law Attorney Barbara Boone McGinnis explains the basics.

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Time Out Workshop Vendor Registration Opens March 6

Medicare Specialist Bonnie Woodard talks about opportunities for vendors to participate in the 2017 Time Out Workshop. Vendor registration opens next Monday, March 6.

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Debra King named 2016 Social Worker of the Year

Debra King, LMSW, one of the Elder Care Coordinator at Takacs McGinnis Elder Care Law, was named 2016 Social Worker of the Year by Mid-Cumberland Council of Healthcare Social Workers.

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