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Caregivers vs. COVID-19
During COVID-19, visiting those you care for in nursing homes has been a source of great frustration. The facilities have been limiting those who can visit because of the fear of spreading the virus, while allowing outside or drive-by visits.

Since November is National Family Caregivers Month, this is a good time to update you on the visitation rules updated by the CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services of the Department of Health and Human Services).

No Outbreak
 
The facility is still recommended to limit the number of visitors per resident at one time as well al the total number of visitors in the facility.

Exceptions to Community lockdown rules: Compassionate care visits
 
Even when a facility is in lockdown, family members can request visits in the following exceptional situations:
 
1) When a senior has been recently admitted, to help adjust to his/her new environment, because the sudden lack of family can be a traumatic experience.

2) When the senior/resident is grieving the loss of a friend or family member who recently passed away.
 
If a request for a Compassionate Care Visit is denied, it may be appealed through the ombudsman. Click here for more information on the Long-Term Care Ombudsman.
 
There may be other rules, depending on the facility you are visiting. If you have questions about your particular state in our area, please visit the links below, knowing that the guidelines will continue to be updated.


If you have any questions about nursing home visits, please don't hesitate to contact us. We are happy to help.

Sincerely,
Yahne

Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Our Next Two Online Seminars

Saturday November 14, 2020
Estate Planning in Plain English:
Why it's Critical to Your Loved Ones

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Learn how to avoid family clashes, court battles and undue taxes! Control how your assets will be preserved and distributed. Protect your wealth and your retirement.
Protecting You from Nursing Home Costs

11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Long-term care can quickly drain your lifetime of savings. Learn steps to take to get the care you need while avoiding impoverishment!

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Personal and Professional Notes

´╗┐On October 21, 2020, Yahne Miorini was a speaker at the MassMutual Group Financial Planner Division on Special Needs. The topic was the new SECURE Act and its impact on estate planning with families with special needs.

´╗┐Lauren Spradlin is now Lauren Harris. Her wedding had been postponed because of the social isolation in place, and the couple decided to simply get it done! We congratulate them!

Herani Bekele has ended her project with us. We enjoyed her company and thank Herani for her work. She is concentrating on finding a position in International Relations. We wish her good luck!
We are adding another paralegal, mostly for the Estate Planning Department and to support our office manager. If interested, please contact Lauren at lauren@miorinilaw.com.
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