Archive | December, 2010

New Years Resolutions for Family Caregivers

At the New Year, many people make resolutions and establish new goals. For family caregivers, many of whom put their needs last, making, and sticking with, some changes, can be very helpful. 

The article, located at,
provides some wonderful suggestions for changes.

Item 8 mentions getting important papers organized…for you and the people who are cared for and about.

At Dutton & Casey, we can assist with this task and many, many more! Please visit our website at While you are there, please sign-up for our electronic newsletter. This monthly publication contains information on programs/services/resources that can be valuable tools for older adults, people who have a disability, and the people who care about them, including family members and professionals.

Center for Medicare Advocacy Says: You Can Leave the Nursing Home

December is a time of holidays, celebrations and school vacations. Nursing home residents often want to join in family festivities and visit with children and grandchildren but may be under the impression that they will lose Medicare coverage if they leave the facility to do so. According to the Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc. (CMA) this is not true.

The Medicare Benefit Policy Manual recognizes that although most beneficiaries are unable to leave their facility, “an outside pass or short leave of absence for the purpose of attending a special religious service, holiday meal, family occasion, going on a car ride, or for a trial visit home, is not, by itself evidence that the individual no longer needs to be in a SNF for the receipt of required skilled care.

for more information, go to snf.htm

Caring, During the Holidays, For Loved One Who Has Dementia

As the social worker, with the law firm of Dutton & Casey, P.C., I have the oppotunity to assist, and support, many wonderful families. 

I know that the Holiday Season can be very stressful for many. I found a handout, created by the National Institute of Aging,  that provides tips to help make the Holiday Season the best it can be for an individual who has dementia and the people who care about them.

Here is the link:

Please share this information with anyone who you feel would benefit!