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Caregiver Insights: Senior In Home Care

By Patrick Philbrick-Director on Jul 7, 2016 8:27:18 PM

New Licensing Requirements for Elderly Homecare in California

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Topics: Home Health Care Services, Healthcare Law and Advocacy, Senior Care Tips Sacramento CA

By David Grimes BS MA on Apr 8, 2016 12:13:52 PM

Advance Directive: Preparing Seniors for Medical Emergencies

This is Part 1 in a Series on Preparing to Care for Family's Medical Needs

It’s one of those phone calls you hate to get: near midnight, in the middle of the work week, the hospital called to tell a dear friend, his dad had been admitted for heart problems. They said he was in the ICU with a possible heart attack and things didn’t look good….


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Topics: Legal, Health/Medical, Healthcare Law and Advocacy

By Patrick Philbrick-Director on Mar 18, 2016 12:42:29 PM

New California Requiring a Home Care License

As of January 1, 2016, California is now requiring all Senior Home Care Agencies to have a home care license, and all Senior Home Care Aides to be registered, fingerprinted, and TB tested. I know right? You mean it wasn’t before? Holy cow, anybody who simply called themselves caregivers, aides, or home care agencies were presenting themselves to this extremely vulnerable segment of our society as senior care professionals. The abuse and misconduct has been so widespread and rampant that the California legislature finally passed AB 1217 to address this issue and require licensure.

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Topics: Legal, Healthcare Law and Advocacy, Senior Care Tips Sacramento CA

By Patrick Philbrick-Director on Mar 11, 2016 11:43:15 AM

Tax deductions for senior home care

There is no way to sugar coat it: Senior in home care is expensive. Some people are fortunate enough to be able to afford it paying privately out of pocket; others may have long term care insurance or Veteran’s benefits. But for most of us it’s a struggle to be able to afford to bring in the kind of licensed, qualified care that is need to properly care for an aging adult. However, with a little help from your accountant and family physician, you may be able to take deductions from your taxes for the expenses for home care you're spending on your loved one.

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Topics: Legal, Home Care Options, Healthcare Law and Advocacy

By Patrick Philbrick-Director on Sep 27, 2015 10:29:54 PM

Financial Abuse by Family?

Conniving, Manipulating Family: Financial Abuse

Chelsea is 33 years old and living with her widowed grandma. Viola's husband past away several years ago, as well as two of her daughter's. Her only family is one 50 year old daughter and a "woman child" granddaughter whom she adores. Like many grandparents, she is blind to her granddaughter's behavior. There is a special, but irrational bond that often develops between these generations. The flaws or mistakes of the grand kids is glossed over, and they are rescued from situations the rest of us would suffer painful consequences for.

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Topics: Legal, Home Care Options, Healthcare Law and Advocacy

By Patrick Philbrick-Director on Aug 29, 2015 9:59:36 PM

The Importance of an Advance Directive

It was early one evening, after an already long day and long week, when I got the call that my dad had been transported to the hospital with shortness of breath, chest pains, and was barely conscious and not able to respond to questions. I dropped everything, kissed my lovely wife good night, and headed off for an hour drive to the Mercy Methodist Hospital in South Sacramento.

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Topics: Hospice and End of Life, Health/Medical, Healthcare Law and Advocacy

By Patrick Philbrick-Director on Dec 29, 2014 2:08:49 AM

Resolving Family Disputes: Using Mediation in Senior Care

This week we had the enlightening experience to visit with Elder Law attorney Nancy Milton of Progress Mediation in Elk Grove. The service is run by Nancy and her Partner Dominic Vessigault. Progress Mediation has been serving our community for 9 years now. Nancy has been a mediator since 1991, having earned her law degree in 1994 at McGeorge School of Lax.

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Topics: Elder Care Options, Caregiver Information and Support, Healthcare Law and Advocacy