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Technology is Assisting Seniors in Staying Connected During Covid-19

Posted by Daniel J. Eccher Esq. | Aug 19, 2020 | 0 Comments

One of the many reasons why covid-19 has effected seniors drastically is In the best of circumstances, adults in senior living communities and long-term care facilities combat loneliness and some degree of isolation, which is linked to anxiety, depression, cardiovascular disease, and other ailments. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) senior facility guidelines have increased problems of isolation for the more than one million American adults who live in assisted living facilities and nursing homes.

Why Advanced Health Care Directives are Crucial

Posted by Daniel J. Eccher Esq. | Jul 09, 2020 | 0 Comments

Advanced Health Care Directives (commonly called "living wills") lay out your preferences for life-sustaining medical treatment. The document includes a "health-care proxy" or "agent under power of attorney for health-care," which allows someone to make treatment decisions for you if you are incapacitated.

The Smart Personal Assistant’s Rapid Rise

Posted by Daniel J. Eccher Esq. | Jun 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

The smart personal assistant (AKA, smart speaker) revolution is moving forward at a breakneck pace. It took approximately 30 years for the cellular telephone to begin outnumbering people on the planet, but smart personal assistants are projected to outnumber humans in half of that amount of time by 2021.

How Seniors Are Impacted by Coronavirus

Posted by Daniel J. Eccher Esq. | May 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

We are living in confusing and scary times. The senior population has been identified as the most at-risk demographic for COVID-19. Information coming out about COVID-19 is very fluid, which can also contribute to overall stress. Thankfully there are ways to try and manage stress and stay as healthy as possible during this time thanks to advice from several federal agencies monitoring the situation and the impact of COVID-19 on the senior population.

How to Avoid Loneliness While Social Distancing

Posted by Daniel J. Eccher Esq. | May 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

The medically recommended protocols for social distancing and government mandates that restrict large gatherings to slow the spread of the coronavirus are minimizing our abilities to interact with each other. Following these tips can help you and your loved ones stay socially connected even while social distancing.

Voice-First Technology Rising in Popularity During Pandemic

Posted by Daniel J. Eccher Esq. | May 06, 2020 | 0 Comments

The use of voice-first technology is rising as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread across America and disrupt day-to-day lives. Those who are age 65 or higher experience a higher virus fatality rate, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continue to recommend that older adults stay at home as much as possible, especially those with underlying health conditions.

The Rise of Telehealth Amid COVID-19

Posted by Daniel J. Eccher Esq. | Apr 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

Through the use of videoconferencing over wireless devices and remote health monitoring, telehealth can connect patients to vital health care services. According to the American Hospital Association (AHA), fully 76 percent of US hospitals are using some form of telehealth for their patient groups.

COVID-19 Updates and Resources

Posted by Daniel J. Eccher Esq. | Apr 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

Although the Winthrop office of Levey, Wagley, Putman & Eccher, PA, is temporarily closed to the public during the “stay at home” period currently in effect at least through April 30, Mr. Eccher, Ms. Breerwood, and Mr. Hasenfus are still advising clients. “Legal services” have been deemed by the Governor to be an “essential business.”

An Inheritance Could Threaten Your Medicaid Eligibility

Posted by Daniel J. Eccher Esq. | Mar 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

Say your spouse is living in a nursing home and currently receiving Medicaid benefits to pay for the high cost of that care. If you were to pass before your spouse, you wouldn’t want your spouse to inherit all your life savings. Inheriting all of your life savings would jeopardize your spouse’s Medicaid benefits, and that is not what you want to see happen.

The Biggest Question in Medicaid Planning

Posted by Daniel J. Eccher Esq. | Mar 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

People work hard all their lives to own a home, and it is often their most valuable and significant possession. So when health begins to fail and the need for long-term care arises, we often get this fear-filled question from our clients: will the state take away my home?

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