At Chayet & Danzo, LLC, our elder law attorneys are devoted to improving the lives of people with Alzheimer’s disease and other kinds of dementia. We represent seniors, family members of those with dementia and people with legal responsibility for the health of vulnerable adults. Those fiduciaries include family members and professionals who are guardians and health care agents under living wills, both of whom may direct and oversee the medical care of someone with Alzheimer’s.
The findings of a recent study involving 158 older adults appeared in the journal Neurology in October. Results strongly suggest that a blood test may soon help to identify Alzheimer’s disease in patients at an early stage, according to the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation. The test may allow doctors to determine with a very high likelihood that patients have the disease even before symptoms develop.
We just posted a blog about Alzheimer’s Awareness Month coming up in November. Appropriately, November is also National Family Caregivers Month with a 2019 theme of #BeCareCurious, a nod to the empowerment of caregivers to ask questions and gather information to help them help the loved ones for whom they provide care.
According to SeniorLiving.org, President Reagan designated November as Alzheimer's Awareness Month in 1983 at a time when not even 2 million people had the illness, a well-known form of dementia. The numbers have increased to over 5 million people with the disease today.
Many people who try to figure out Medicaid eligibility and how to maximize its benefits are soon overwhelmed by the program's dense, bureaucratic language, and its many detailed rules, regulations and procedures. Unsurprisingly, many then look for help in navigating a complex system.
We have news to share with readers about another development regarding Colorado advance medical directives. On Aug. 2, a new state law took effect establishing a statewide electronic system for advance medical directives. The bill creates an online depository for advance medical directives accessible by doctors, hospitals and emergency medical personnel for direction in providing medical care to Coloradans when they are unable to express their treatment wishes because of medical incapacity.
Coloradans already have the power to execute medical advance directives in which they can appoint agents to make medical decisions for them should they become unable to communicate their wishes. They can also provide instructions for future and end-of-life medical treatment in case of incapacity.
A 2016 federal law, the 21st Century Cures Act, mandates that each state as part of its administration of Medicaid-funded services create an electronic visit verification system, known as EVV. EVV check-ins will prove that in-home Medicaid services by health care providers really happened.
In a June 2019 report, the Office of Inspector General, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, announced the findings of its investigation into nursing home failure to report potential abuse and neglect when the law requires mandatory reporting. Looking at 2016 emergency room data, auditors extrapolated that at least 6,600 incidents of possible abuse or neglect presented to doctors in the ER went unreported by nursing homes to oversight authorities, reports the Associated Press.
The Dallas Morning News recently reported on an incident involving an individual with autism who suffered serious facial and mouth injuries at a local treatment center. According to the article, an employee said she had observed another worker kick the patient, causing him to lose several teeth.