We hope you’re staying safe and enjoying the summer. If you’re like many folks who canceled vacation plans this summer because of COVID-19, you may have decided to take a staycation, enjoying time in your back yard, local pool or beach or working in the garden.
Be sure you’re staying well hydrated when you’re spending time outdoors. Dehydration affects everyone to some degree this time of year, but it can be especially dangerous for older people. Dehydration is a common cause of hospitalizations for seniors. The old adage of drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day is still a good rule of thumb. If you’re bored with plain water, try mixing it up with low-sugar fruit and vegetable juices, popsicles, milk and foods with high water content, like watermelon, strawberries, cucumbers and celery, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Limit sugary sodas and caffeinated drinks like coffee and tea, which can actually make you more dehydrated.
In this issue of our newsletter, we discuss the latest increase in the Spousal Impoverishment Standards in Florida for those with spouses on Medicaid in a long-term care facility. In addition, New York will be implementing a 30-month lookback period as an eligibility requirement for community-based Medicaid effective Oct. 1, 2020. Now is a good time to update your estate planning and consider an Irrevocable Trust to protect your assets if you are thinking you might need Medicaid to cover long-term care costs in the future. We share some new high-tech services available for long-distance caregivers, and finally, we discuss the differences between a will and a living will in our latest video. Be sure to check it out below!
Remind your friends, coworkers and family members who are healthcare workers in Florida that we are offering to prepare their living will and designation of health care surrogate documents free of charge to thank them for their heroic efforts during the coronavirus.Get more details here. To schedule a phone, video or in-person consultation with one of our attorneys, please contact us or call 1-800-ELDERLAW or (561) 750-3850. Stay well!
Ellen S. Morris, Esq. & Howard S. Krooks, Esq., CELA, CAP
Partners, Elder Law Associates PA
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