Archive | October, 2011

44 Questions to Ask a Nursing Home

Choosing a nursing home for a family member can be one of the most difficult decisions anyone ever has to make. The fact that the family member needs to move to a nursing home means that he or she is in a vulnerable state and will be dependent on the care provided in the facility. Here are 44 questions (we counted them so you don’t have to!) that should help a family choose the best facility in an unfortunate situation.

Driving and Dementia

Driving demands quick reaction time and fast decision making — because of this, a person with Alzheimer’s will eventually become unable to drive. Making decisions about when it’s time to stop driving can be difficult, but dealing with the issue early on can help ease the transition. Learn more at our online Dementia and Driving Resource Center, where you can watch how four families deal with different issues related to dementia and driving.

Click here to read the entire article, from the Alzheimers Association.

Confused about Medicare?

Medicare is the primary health insurance for people are 65 and older and younger people who have a disability.

However, Medicare can be very confusing. To learn more about Medicare, what is covers, deductibles, co-pays, etc., look at;

In addition, go to for a resource booklets on the various aspects of Medicare.

2011 Northeast Young Onset Parkinson Conference

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National Parkinson Foundation 1-800-4PD-INFO

Register Now for the Free Webcast on Oct. 22, Live from
the 2011 Northeast Young Onset Parkinson Conference!

Can’t make it to Rhode Island? Watch the live webcast of the key speakers from the comfort of your home. Register now for the free, live webcast and learn about the following topics:

  • Impulse Control Disorders and Other Brain-Related Behaviors
    Joseph Friedman, MD, Brown University
  • Recent Developments in the Genetics of Parkinson’s Disease
    Richard H. Myers, PhD, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI): Understanding the Process
    Tai Venuti, MPH, Allsup, Inc.
  • DBS: What to Expect from Surgery and After
    Julie G. Pilitsis, MD, PhD, Albany Medical College
  • Beyond the Mask of Parkinson’s: Strategies for Overcoming Communication Challenges
    Linda Tickle-Degnen, PhD, OTR/L, Tufts University

This event is brought to you by the National Parkinson Foundation and the  American Parkinson Disease Association. Thank you to our generous sponsors: Teva Neuroscience, Ipsen and Medtronic.

For more information, please call NPF’s Helpline at 1-800-4PD-INFO (473-4636).

Event: Navigating Legal Issues for Family Caregivers

Presented by Attorney Kathryn C. Casey, this session will answer fundamental legal questions common to all family caregivers responsible for taking care of individuals who are unable to care for themselves. Learn to navigate the legal issues involved in caring for an another adult. What are the duties and authorities under a Power of Attorney for Property, Power of Attorney for Healthcare, Living Trust or Living Will? How does the law allow for a person to manage another person’s finances and healthcare? How can loved ones make financial, personal and medical decisions under the law? Is it possible to avoid legal pitfalls as a caregiver? What legal options are still available in planning and paying for long term care? How can caregivers utilize Medicare, Medicaid, long-term care insurance and personal care contracts to maximize a loved one’s quality of life.

Date: Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: Lake Barrington Woods, 22320 Classic Court, Lake Barrington, IL 60010

To Register: No charge to attend. Pre Registration is required by calling Lake Barrington Woods at

847-842-8900 by November 7, 2011. Seating is limited.

Event: Legal Planning For Living with a Chronic Medical Condition

Attorney Kathryn C. Casey will be presenting at a support group for people who have Parkinsons Disease and their Loved Ones.

Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Time: 7:00pm

Location: Alexian Brothers Neuroscience Institute, Alexian Brothers Medical Center, 800 Biesterfield Road, Eberle Medical Building, Suite 610, Elk Grove Village

Registration or More Information: Please contact Paula Wiener at 847-516-2768 or

Event: Resource Fair for Adults with Disabilities and Their Families

Tuesday, November 1, 2011 9 a.m. – Noon
Bernard Horwich JCC Building, Heller Auditorium
3003 West Touhy Avenue, Chicago

The 2011 Linkages Resource Fair features two guest speakers, as well as opportunities for private consultations and personalized assistance from area service providers and attorneys specializing in disability-related issues.

9:30 – 10:15 a.m.
Robin Jones, Project Director, Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center, Great Lakes ADA Center
Robin Jones will focus on the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and other disability rights laws that impact housing, employment, travel, education, telecommunications, voting and other areas of importance.

10:45 – 11:30 a.m.
Attorney Laura Miller, Equip for Equality
Attorney Laura Miller will discuss recent legislative challenges related to deinstitutionalization of people with developmental disabilities, mental illness and physical disabilities.
Some of the service providers represented will include:
CJE SeniorLife / Jewish Child and Family Services / Life’s Plan / Clearbrook / Jewish Vocational Service /The Center for Enriched Living / Center for Independent Futures / Arts of Life / Access Living / Family to Family / The Arc of Illinois / Illinois Life Span / Thresholds / PACT, Inc. /UIC Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Aging with Developmental Disabilities

Some of the attorneys represented will include:
Dutton & Casey Associates / Equip for Equality / Attorney Julie Fox / Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates

To register for this event or to request special accommodations, click here.

Resource: Chart of Benefits by Income Level – October 2011

New, updated Chart of Benefits. Here’s a breakdown of the updates:

  • Income levels for LIHEAP increased September 1, 2011. Clients have 2 options- Percentage of Income Payment Program (PIPP) or Direct Vendor Payment (DVP)
  • Income levels for the Weatherization program increased effective September 1, 2011
  • Income levels for SNAP will increase effective October 1, 2011
  • Income levels for Illinois Cares Rx decreased effective September 1, 2011
  • Illinois Cares Rx-Basic is for those who are under 65 and do not have Medicare or for those who are 65 years of age or older and are not a U.S. citizen or qualified non-citizen
  • Illinois Cares Rx- Plus is for those with Medicare or those without Medicare who are 65 years of age or older and  a U.S. citizen or qualified non-citizen
  • Seniors who want the Free Ride program must qualify by income effective September 1, 2011


To download the Chart of Benefits, please click on the path below to access the document on AgeOption’s website:

News: Video Conferencing

We now offer video conferencing.  At times, clients are homebound or they have family members who live outside the Chicagoland area.  With this new technology, we are able to serve all of these clients and still offer the opportunity to see each other face to face.

Update: Illinois Medicaid

On September 13, 2011, the Joint Commission on Administrative Rules (JCAR) again considered the comprehensive new Medicaid regulations proposed by the Department of Healthcare and Family Services (DHS) which in part implement the requirements of the federal Deficit Reduction Act provisions affecting Medicaid eligibility.  DHS released revisions of its proposed rules to the public on Friday, September 9, 2011, giving advocates little time to consider the revisions.  JCAR had the option of lifting its prohibition or continuing it.  Due to the remaining concerns of the elder law bar and others, JCAR announced that it was continuing the prohibition and directed DHS to sit down and negotiate with the interested parties.  On September 28, 2011 JCAR staff, Julie Hamos, Director of DHS and her staff members met with various members of the elder law bar to negotiate some of the controversial provisions.  As of now, it is not certain whether DHS will adopt all or some of the proposed revisions suggested by the elder law bar.  If JCAR does not lift its prohibition in its October meeting on October 11,   2011, the proposed regulations will expire and DHS will need to start over in the future.  Director Hamos has suggested that if this occurs, that she will take the matter (implementation of the Deficit Reduction Act) to the Illinois General Assembly for passage in the form of a statute.  Stayed tuned next month – Illinois may or may not have new Medicaid regulations in place.