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Social Workers and nurses continue to reach out to us and ask us about important issues they face with their patients and family members thereof.  Following are a couple of examples: A family member who refused to let other family members visit their mom in hospice because the power of attorney...

Older clients regularly pose the question of whether they should gift their house to their children. Under Medicaid laws, transferring ownership of a home, usually in the form of a gift, is subject to the look-back period and could result in disqualification. It is important for counsel to...

Despite being a rare event, wrong site surgery is the number-one operating room safety concern for 65 percent of operating room nurses in the United States, according to a new national survey conducted by Medline Industries, Inc.  According to the Joint Commission Center for Transforming...

Banks can refuse to honor a durable power of attorney (DPOA) if they suspect financial fraud.  We recently received a call from a social worker who had a patient whose son needed to pay for mom’s care (mom was admitted to a group home) and to payoff her creditors. Mom was diagnosed...

A new survey of hundreds of federally sponsored local agencies that assist aging Americans has found increased efforts to help the elderly remain in their homes as they grow older, a policy known as “aging in place”.  A 2013 survey by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging found...

More Ammunition for Social Workers to Encourage ExerciseNew study results from the University of Kansas bolster the adage that "heart healthy is brain healthy." The investigation shows neighborhoods that motivate walking can stave off cognitive decline in older adults.  Easy-to-walk communities...

The first study to look at the scope of negative aggression between residents of U.S. nursing homes has found that almost one in five people who live in these facilities are involved in such encounters within a four-week period. The study finds that 19.8 percent of residents at 10 nursing homes...

An article entitled  “Social workers and journalists are hindered by mutual suspicion” recently appeared in an on-line edition of The Guardian.  The article discussed the fact that the media generally only latches onto stories involving the elderly who are exploited as a result of a failed...

  It's that time of year again. Thanksgiving is one of the most beloved holidays of all.  According to CNN.com, Thanksgiving is America’s second favorite holiday after Christmas. Thanksgiving is a great time to entertain with friends and family, and it’s also a time to think about giving back...

Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old terminally ill woman suffering from brain cancer, ended her life in Oregon. Maynard was diagnosed with a brain tumor and said she planned to take prescribed medication to die when her pain became unbearable. A nonprofit group called Compassion and Choices posted a...