• Nursing Home Medicaid and Estate Recovery: Will They Take my House?
    Posted by Sarah R. Watchko, Esq. on February 19, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    This is one of the most common fears our clients have as they plan for the future and long-term care. At a glance, the answer is easy: No, if you need Medicaid for nursing home care, Medicaid/the State/the Nursing Home does not take your home when you enter care. Nursing Home (“NH”) Medicaid has financial limits that must […]

  • Paying for Assisted Living
    Posted by Sarah R. Watchko, Esq. on January 29, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    I help many clients with questions about paying for long-term care and specifically, assisted living. “Assisted Living” has no single definition. It generally means housing in a communal setting together with support services to help individuals with the activities of daily living. These activities may include eating, bathing, dressing, using the restroom, getting in and […]

  • What Happens When the Money Runs Out?
    Posted by Sarah R. Watchko, Esq. on December 4, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    The cost of nursing home care in the Atlanta area is around $70,000 per year for a shared room, according to the 2015 Genworth Cost of Care Study. This is expected to increase at a rate of 4% per year. Many seniors and their families worry – reasonably so – about what happens when such care is required and […]

  • Don’t Mess with Miss Watkins
    Posted by Sarah R. Watchko, Esq. on November 24, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    First, Happy Thanksgiving from the Elder Law Update! Having trouble focusing at work on this pre-holiday workday, as you dream of turkey and pumpkin pie? A former employer of mine used to send us home early with “Turkey Brain” 🙂 To help distract you from the work you really should be doing, check out this video of Beverly Watkins […]

  • Have you heard of the Grandparent Scam?
    Posted by Sarah R. Watchko, Esq. on November 20, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    Several years ago, a friend of mine’s grandmother received a tearful call from her grandson, a young adult. He told her he was in Canada, had run into trouble, and needed her to send money immediately. She wired the money and subsequently informed other family members. Only then did she find out that her grandson was not in […]