NEW Georgia Psychiatric Advance Directive

NEW Georgia Psychiatric Advance Directive

Recently a new and important bill was signed into law. Georgia House Bill 752, also known as the Georgia Psychiatric Advance Directive (PAD), is a forward-thinking law that empowers individuals to take control of their lives and health care through proactive decision-making to address their unique mental health needs and situations. Why is this important?…

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Community Resources

Community resources

“I wish I had known about this sooner!”  is a statement we hear often from clients regarding community programs and our elder law services. So, how do you stay in the know? Today we are sharing some helpful online  community resources that are just a click away! Area Agencies on Aging The state of Georgia…

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Barriers to accepting a POA

barriers to accepting a financial Power of Attorney

“No,” “Denied,” “We can’t accept that,” … These are all words our client families hear daily when presenting a General Durable Power of Attorney for Financial Matters  (POA) at a financial institution.  To protect an account holder’s assets, many banks will refuse to accept a power of attorney. They fear fraud and exploitation, so they…

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Dehydration and Seniors: A Risky Situation

Dehydration and seniors

Whew… we all know the feeling of stepping outside and being hit with the heat and humidity of our Georgia summer. Drinking enough water is important for everyone, but especially seniors who are at greater risk for dehydration. Why do seniors get dehydrated easily? The simple answer is they naturally have less water in their…

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How to Avoid Medication Mix-Ups

medication mix-ups

I often fill my mother’s pillbox for her and am always surprised at the number of medications she takes. I do my best to organize them but worry about her taking them correctly and wonder what would happen if she mixed them up. It appears we have good reason for concern. So how do you…

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What are Exempt and Countable Assets for Georgia Medicaid?

Exempt and Countable Assets for Georgia Medicaid

We have written recent blogs on Georgia Medicaid. Today we will dig deeper into what are exempt and countable assets. We know it sounds complicated, but they play a crucial role in qualifying for Medicaid. Exempt assets are those that Medicaid will not include in the asset total to determine eligibility. In Georgia, the following…

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How Does the VA Benefit Work with Medicaid?

How Does the VA Benefit Work with Medicaid?

Last week we discussed VA Aid and Attendance and how it helps families supplement high care costs. Unfortunately, there are times when the VA benefit alone is not enough. Nursing home costs average between $7,000-$10,000 per month! Many people must obtain Medicaid benefits to fully cover the costs of care. So how does the VA…

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Unlocking the Hidden Veterans Benefit

Veteran's aid and attendance

“I am a veteran. How can the VA help me?” This is a popular question we receive daily. As veterans age their need for care often increases. Among their concerns, many think they must have been wounded or disabled while serving to receive help from the VA or they must be served at a VA…

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