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August 2020

The Long-Term Impact of COVID-19: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
 

In our May newsletter, we discussed changes to Georgia Nursing Home Medicaid due to the COVID-19 crisis. We all hoped the changes would be short lived and everyone could go back to “normal.” However, the effects of COVID-19 are proving to be more long-lasting. Our clients and their families have experienced unique and challenging situations.


The Good 

 

Social distancing has led to wide acceptance of audio-video communication technology as a way to maintain contact.

At our office, we have all gotten very comfortable with Zoom and other audio-video communication technology as a way to conduct meetings and connect with our clients and their families. We can also use this same technology to perform document signings. The executive order allowing this type of document signing has been extended until September 10th. However, we may very well see it extended further into the fall months. In addition to virtual meetings and signings, our attorneys are also conducting Medicaid, Guardianship, and Conservatorship hearings right from their desks. This has allowed us to continue serving our clients and achieving results, even when it seems like everything is at a standstill.

The use of audio-video communication technology, like Zoom, is certainly more efficient for some matters. It also provides a safe option for many of our senior clients who don’t feel comfortable venturing out during this time.


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Community Webinar Presentations 
Free and Open to the Public

Putting the Pieces of the Elder Law Puzzle Together
Are you thinking about getting your affairs in order or helping an aging loved one organize theirs and you feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to start? You are not alone! Everyone should consider a life care plan to accommodate their changing needs as they age. Health concerns often play a huge role in creating your plan. What essential documents should you have in place? How do you make your money last? Will you qualify for public benefits? What will Medicare cover if you need care? How do you protect your home if you need nursing home care? This presentation addresses these questions and demonstrates the process of how to create a life care plan that will allow you to find, get, and pay for good long-term care.


Free Live Webinar Continuing Education (CE)
1 Ethics or core hour for Social Workers and CCMs; 1 contact hour for RNs

The following CE Webinars are open for registration:

Essential Documents: To Update or Not to Update...That is the Question?
Life altering events should be a motivator for adults to update their essential documents.  Healthcare providers are often present at these events and are called upon to offer resources and guidance. Ms. Humphrey will review The Five D’s: Death, Divorce, Diagnosis, Dependents and Displacement and their impact on essential documents and surrogate decision making. Through case studies and interactive scenarios, you will learn what triggers should prompt a thorough review as well as the potential pitfalls facing those who procrastinate. 
 
Unequal, Unprepared and Unprotected: Women and Aging
The downside of living a long healthy life can be a retirement fraught with economic insecurity. Women face unique challenges as they age which are amplified by a lifetime of gender inequity. In fact, more than 50% of women over age 65 face the real crisis of outliving their resources. This CE will analyze why women are so susceptible to aging in poverty, identify the most at-risk populations and explore what resources are available to support the most vulnerable including Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and the Qualified Medicare Beneficiary Program (QMB).
 
The Long-Term Care Toolkit - Building a Plan to Pay for Care
The need for long-term care is on the rise and cost of care continues to soar. As Georgia’s aging population continues to explode, understanding what options are available for receiving and paying for long-term care are imperative.  Case managers, social workers and nurses often partner with families to navigate this complex process. This seminar offers healthcare professionals practical information outlining Georgia’s long-term care options.  In addition, it examines potential costs families may face along with strategies to access public benefits. Special attention will be paid to Georgia Nursing Home Medicaid and the VA Aid and Attendance benefit.
 
Nursing Home Medicaid: Digging Deep into the Details
The decision to seek long-term care in a skilled nursing facility for a loved one is fraught with emotions, including an overwhelming fear of the cost involved. Social workers, case managers and nurses often partner with families to navigate this complex process. This seminar offers healthcare professionals in-depth information about qualifying for Nursing Home Medicaid in the state of Georgia including reviewing case studies. In addition, we will review the complexity of nursing home placement and discuss ways to support families as the explore placement options.
 
For more details and a complete list of upcoming events, please visit Hurley Elder Care Law Community Education.

Help is closer than you think…Watch this video, where we discuss how we can provide solutions for families and individuals as they address the complex process of growing older.

Family Business

Adventure is out there! Even with social distancing and the precautions put in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic many of our usual activities have been cancelled. However, the Hurley Team has embraced some old and new adventures in the great outdoors. From hiking, to relaxing in a hammock. From creating charcuterie boards, to gardening. We have enjoyed getting outdoors and creating new memories.  


"If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere" - Laura Ingalls Wilder


 

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Contact Us

Miles P. Hurley, JD, CELA


Miles P. Hurley founded Hurley Elder Care Law in 2006 to provide legal assistance to the elderly population on issues relating to aging including retaining independence, quality of life and financial security. Mr. Hurley is one of twelve attorneys in the state of Georgia to receive the Elder Law Attorney Certification, and one of approximately 400 nationwide. 
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