TennCare Applicants: Beware of Conditional Assistance

In recent months, TennCare caseworkers have been promoting a strategy called “conditional assistance” to help over-resourced applicants qualify for benefits.  Conditional assistance is available to any applicant who has a single excess non-liquid resource and therefore does not meet the financial requirements to qualify for benefits.  The TennCare policy manual defines non-liquid resources as real […]

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You’ve Got Mail – So Check It Often!

It may seem obvious that it’s important to check mail often and to respond when needed, but in the age of e-mail and online forms, sometimes so-called “snailmail” may be misplaced or forgotten – especially by those who have had to take over the task of checking the mailbox for a loved one.  At ELET, […]

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The Power of Denial in Decision-Making

Every family brings their own dynamics to the table when they start planning for the long-term care of a loved one.  Complicated relationships and family histories, guilty feelings related to “not doing enough,” and the general stress of unexpected and unplanned-for transitions all have the potential to get in the way of establishing the best […]

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People with Dementia Aren’t Children – So Don’t Treat Them That Way

It is easy to think of a person with a dementia diagnosis as being “child-like.”  After all, many of the behaviors associated with dementia – mood swings, tantrums, irrationality, forgetfulness, and vocabulary problems, for example – are similar to behaviors exhibited by young children.  These surface-level similarities lead many caregivers of people with dementia to […]

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Jill Shoffner, LCSW, Joins National Association of Social Workers

Jill Shoffner, Elder Care Coordinator Manager at Elder Law of East Tennessee, joined the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) this month.  With 132,000 members, NASW is the world’s largest membership organization of professional social workers.  Its missions is “to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, […]

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Got TennCare? You Need to Know About Redetermination.

If you are currently a recipient of TennCare benefits, you may have to prove your eligibility again this year through a process called “redetermination.”  This process may be every bit as challenging as your initial application, and if you are selected for redetermination, you will have a tight deadline for submitting evidence so as not […]

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Recent Changes to Tennessee Probate Law

Last week’s blog addressed some basics about estate administration options and probate.  Some of the things that make probate so challenging for the average person are the number of regulations, the constant changes in the law, and the necessity of dealing with financial institutions which may be reluctant to cooperate for security and legal reasons.  […]

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Probate Options and Alternatives

When a loved one dies, most people have questions and concerns about settling the estate administration process and whether or not they will need to open probate court proceedings.  “Do I have to file the Will in court?”  “They had so few assets – is probate really necessary?”  “Is there a way to get this […]

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Skilled Care vs. Custodial or Long-term Care

It isn’t unusual for families to feel confused about the different types of care that their loved ones may need when entering a care facility. The words used for different types of care are similar. Understanding the differences between different types of care and how that care is funded can be very helpful when making […]

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Amelia Crotwell, CELA, Named to Special Needs Alliance

Attorney Amelia Crotwell, owner and founder of Elder Law of East Tennessee, has been selected as the newest member of the Special Needs Alliance. Established in 2002, the Special Needs Alliance (SNA) is a national, non-profit collective of many of America’s leading disability and public benefits attorneys. Currently in 48 states, SNA members work to […]

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