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National Falls Prevention Awareness Day 2019

2020-07-06T23:53:14+00:00

Hi there, Bridget Mackay. The Law Offices of Bridget Mackay in Petaluma, California. We work in estate planning and elder law. And I want to welcome you to the first day of fall which also falls on the National Fall Awareness Prevention Day. This video is going to be about, sort of aging, us aging or loved one's aging and the risk of fall. It's one of the biggest risks as you age to your health. Here are some statistics from the National Council on Aging. 25% of Americans over the age of 65 fall each year. Every 11 [...]

National Falls Prevention Awareness Day 20192020-07-06T23:53:14+00:00

Elderly Parents And Driving. When Is It Time For Them To Stop Driving?

2020-06-29T22:22:17+00:00

Elderly Parents And Driving. When Is It Time For Them To Stop Driving? Today I want to talk to you a little bit about when to talk to your parents about them no longer driving. Hi everybody, my name is Miranda Dressler and I'm the associate attorney at the Law Offices of Bridget Mackay in Petaluma, California. And we practice in the area of estate planning and elder law. Some signs that, you know, might be occurring, that might give you a hint that it's time for your parents to stop driving would be. You know, them driving too [...]

Elderly Parents And Driving. When Is It Time For Them To Stop Driving?2020-06-29T22:22:17+00:00

New Law Helps Agents Under a DPOA Protect Against Identity Theft

2020-06-29T22:22:24+00:00

New Law Helps Agents Under a DPOA Protect Against Identity Theft In 2017, nearly 17 million Americans were victims of at least one incident of identity theft, with thieves stealing $16.8 billion from consumers. Identity theft occurs when a person impersonates another to obtain some benefit, such as by using an existing financial account, opening a new account, or obtaining government benefits using another’s personal information. As identity theft becomes increasingly common in the United States, it’s critical that Americans familiarize themselves with the legal tools available to protect against it—and that goes double for financial caretakers like agents under [...]

New Law Helps Agents Under a DPOA Protect Against Identity Theft2020-06-29T22:22:24+00:00

Check In On Aging Relatives and Friends This Holiday Season

2020-06-29T22:22:33+00:00

Check In On Aging Relatives and Friends This Holiday Season [Transcription] Hi there! Bridget Mackay at the offices of Bridget Mackay in Petaluma, California. And, I wanted to talk to you today about the subject in our newsletter. Which is sort of, it's the holiday season. Not that you're spying on your elders but maybe it's time while you're visiting parents or elderly friends for the holidays that you don't get to see very often. It might be time to take a closer look at how they're living and if they're doing OK and they're handling things and taking [...]

Check In On Aging Relatives and Friends This Holiday Season2020-06-29T22:22:33+00:00

Are Nursing Homes Understaffed?

2020-06-29T22:22:40+00:00

Are Nursing Homes Understaffed? In 2010, Congress enacted the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the “ACA” for short, but more popularly known as “Obamacare”). The ACA made some well-publicized changes to the American health-insurance market, but it also made many smaller changes that have gradually started to have an impact over the last few years. One of those changes was to the way that nursing homes report their staffing levels to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Previously, nursing homes had simply self-reported staffing based on the number of workers present in the weeks leading up [...]

Are Nursing Homes Understaffed?2020-06-29T22:22:40+00:00

Who Regulates Medi-Cal Nursing Homes in California?

2020-06-29T22:24:15+00:00

What We Can Learn from Buzz Aldrin’s Guardianship Fight In June, I wrote a post on a recent report issued by the California State Auditor that found significant problems with California’s nursing homes and nursing-home regulators. One problem was that the three agencies charged with regulating nursing homes in California weren’t coordinating their efforts, causing inefficiencies in this area that cost California taxpayers. Today, I want to briefly go over each of those three regulators, plus one more, and explain what role they play in overseeing California nursing homes. Department of Public Health The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) [...]

Who Regulates Medi-Cal Nursing Homes in California?2020-06-29T22:24:15+00:00

State Audit Finds Substandard Quality of Care in California Nursing Homes

2020-06-29T22:23:09+00:00

State Audit Finds Substandard Quality of Care in California Nursing Homes Once you’ve chosen the nursing home that’s right for you and successfully applied for long-term Medi-Cal, you should be able to expect that your nursing home will make your safety and well-being its number one priority and maintain compliance with state and federal regulations. Unfortunately, that’s not always how things go in the real world. On May 1, the California State Auditor, Elaine Howle, issued Report 2017-109 concerning nursing homes in California. As its title explains, the audit found (among other issues) that “absent effective state oversight, substandard quality [...]

State Audit Finds Substandard Quality of Care in California Nursing Homes2020-06-29T22:23:09+00:00

Seniors: Beware of These 5 Scams!

2020-06-29T22:23:23+00:00

Seniors: Beware of These 5 Scams! “Hello! You are visitor number 1,000,000! Click here to claim your free car!” Have you ever seen an online ad like that? If you were online 10 or 15 years ago, you could expect to see something like that almost on every other webpage. And, invariably, it was never true! Those kinds of online scams, which might just sign you up for unwanted spam emails, pale in comparison to some of the traditional types of scams that are still going around, and which are particularly targeted towards seniors. In late March, the U.S. Senate’s [...]

Seniors: Beware of These 5 Scams!2020-06-29T22:23:23+00:00