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California Nursing Home Is Charged With Abuse, Neglect

AUGUST 17, 1998 VOLUME 6, NUMBER 7 A nursing home in the Sacramento, California, area is the latest to be targeted for abuse and neglect of its elderly residents. Ironically, the new reports of mistreatment come on the heels of a federal government study which pointed to severe shortcomings in the regulation of California nursing …

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Lack Of Advance Directive Contributes To Family Tragedy

AUGUST 10, 1998 VOLUME 6, NUMBER 6 In 1993, Robert Wendland suffered a terrible automobile accident. The California man never recovered sufficiently to communicate, and he was unable to participate in the controversy over the possibility of removing his feeding tube last winter. Wendland, brain-damaged and paralyzed, lived for two years on a feeding tube …

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Long Term Care Costs May Be Deductible For Income Taxes

AUGUST 3, 1998 VOLUME 6, NUMBER 5 Few nursing home residents have large incomes. Most, of course, are living on retirement and Social Security, and a few may have at least some investment income. Income tax liability will seem like an irrelevant issue for most long-term care residents. Still, income tax issues can be important …

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Friends Help Draft Will, But Do Not Benefit From Bequest

JULY 27, 1998 VOLUME 6, NUMBER 4 Diana Marks was a professor at Whitworth College in Washington state, and a devout Christian. Ms. Marks, who had never married and had no children, was particularly close to Eldon and Judith Blanford, who (with her help) organized and operated “Personal Freedom in Christ Ministries,” a religious organization. …

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Promise Not To Change Will Is Enforceable–Trust Also Fails

JULY 6, 1998 VOLUME 6, NUMBER 1 Arch and Emily Tucker were a married couple living in Colorado in 1962. That year, they both signed new wills, though Emily’s will could not be found decades later when problems arose. Arch’s will, though, included language reflecting an agreement between the two of them not change their …

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Phoenix-Area Adult Care Home Closed By State Health Agency

JUNE 29, 1998 VOLUME 5, NUMBER 52 Adult care homes are usually seen as friendlier, more home-like and more pleasant than nursing homes. Many seniors are well cared for in adult care homes, particularly in the early stages of dementia or chronic illness. Such homes may also be less expensive for residents, with typical costs …

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Annuities Can Be Tool For Obtaining Medicaid Coverage

JUNE 22, 1998 VOLUME 5, NUMBER 51 A patient in an Arizona nursing home is likely to incur expenses of $3500 to $4000 (or more) per month. For patients who have already paid nursing home expenses for months or years, and who have exhausted their savings, ALTCS, the state’s Medicaid program, usually ends up subsidizing …

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New Medicare Handbook Due Soon, But May Be Confusing

JUNE 15, 1998 VOLUME 5, NUMBER 50 Thirty-eight million individuals now receive their medical care through the federal Medicare program. The Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA), which manages the Medicare program, is busily preparing a new, $40 million version of its annual handbook for Medicare recipients, which will shortly be available to participants, providers and …

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