Assisted Living Advocacy: Understanding Residents’ Rights

Moving out of the private home and into an assisted living facility (ALF) may become necessary as care needs increase.  ALFs afford some level of independence while ensuring that the elder receives needed assistance with daily activities.  A move to an ALF may offer other benefits to the elder, such as increased social opportunities and […]

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How Do I Pay for Long-term Care?

Out-of-pocket expenses for long-term care can be overwhelming.  Families are often shocked to find that their care needs will likely outlast their savings.  If paying out-of-pocket is not possible now or sustainable long-term, there are two main sources of assistance to pay for an elder loved one’s care:  TennCare CHOICES, which is Tennessee’s Medicaid program […]

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Helping Elders Avoid Scams

Most of us get annoying spam calls and e-mails about our credit cards, problems with our taxes, computer viruses, arrests of relatives, big sweepstakes wins, etc. Anyone can be targeted by or fall victim to these scams, but elders are especially vulnerable and may be targeted at a higher rate.  In this short video, ELET […]

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Is It Too Late to Plan for Medicaid/TennCare? Saving Assets from “Spend Down” in a Crisis

Amelia Crotwell, CELA My Gran is turning 107 today, and I’ll get to visit with her over the weekend.  I can’t wait to see her and sit in the courtyard, hold her hand, and talk about flowers, birds, and relatives.  We decided against the Big Birthday Party this year as we’ve been having big birthday […]

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TennCare and the Home: It May Not Be as Bad as You Think

Among the many reasons people are uncertain about applying for TennCare, one of the most prominent (and scary) is the prospect of losing the family home.  Lots of people hear that if they apply for TennCare to pay for long-term care, the State or the nursing home will “take the home.”  Some folks are told […]

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What’s the Difference Between Medicare and Medicaid?

When it comes to paying for care, families are often confused about which program pays for what services. Both Medicare and Medicaid may cover different aspects of a single person’s care, and it’s important to understand the role of each program.  What is Medicare? Medicare is health insurance for people 65 or older, certain people […]

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Memory Care Innovations

Within the next 20 years, the need for memory care housing options will become more necessary than ever. Beginning in 2016 the youngest Baby Boomers began to turn 70 (2.5 million of them that year alone), and the youngest boomers are all over age 50. With advancing age comes an increased risk of Alzheimer’s Disease […]

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Types of TennCare: CHOICES for Long-term Care

There are many different branches of TennCare, Tennessee’s Medicaid program. It is not one overarching program that covers all your needs once you are enrolled; rather, different TennCare programs meet different needs or serve different populations. The programs vary from insurance for low income families and children, to hospice services, to hospitalization coverage in emergencies, […]

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VA Benefits for Past Residents of Camp Lejeune, NC

The name of Camp Lejeune, a Marine Corps base in Onslow County North Carolina, may ring a bell because of the water contamination that exposed veterans and their families to health risks for several decades.  This story stirs emotions because of the damage done to those who already make so many sacrifices on behalf of […]

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Medicaid? TennCare? CHOICES? – What’s the Difference?

Julia Keck Price, Elder Law Attorney What do all these words mean? Long before my ELET days, when my grandmother was admitted to a nursing home for rehab, a therapist asked me if I was going to apply for TennCare for her. I said no, she has Medicare and Tricare, she doesn’t need insurance. A […]

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