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NEW Georgia Psychiatric Advance Directive

NEW Georgia Psychiatric Advance Directive

August 9, 2022

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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Convenience Or Problems: Adding Adult Children to Your Bank Account

August 2, 2022

  Do you plan to add your adult child (or children) to your bank accounts as you age? This can be convenient but may cause issues and create complications within families during your lifetime and after your pass. Why Adding Your Adult Child or Children to Your Accounts Can Be Helpful Susie a 78-year-old widow,…

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Community resources

Community Resources

July 26, 2022

“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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Adult Day Care

Adult Day Care: Social vs Medical Models: Which is Best for Your Loved One?

July 19, 2022

As COVID cases are ebbing and flowing, many programs for seniors have started opening their doors again after over a two-year hiatus. Adult day care programs are a wonderful way for seniors to be active and for their caregivers to get a break and some needed respite. But which one is the best fit for…

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barriers to accepting a financial Power of Attorney

Barriers to accepting a POA

July 12, 2022

“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

Dehydration and Seniors: A Risky Situation

July 5, 2022

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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medication mix-ups

How to Avoid Medication Mix-Ups

June 28, 2022

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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Exempt and Countable Assets for Georgia Medicaid

What are Exempt and Countable Assets for Georgia Medicaid?

June 21, 2022

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?

June 14, 2022

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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Veteran's aid and attendance

Unlocking the Hidden Veterans Benefit

June 7, 2022

“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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