Are You Caring for Someone Who Wanders?

December 22, 2016

CMS (the agency that manages Medicare and Medicaid) recently put out this interesting FAQ piece on wandering. The piece is aimed at managers of day programs and assisted livings, but there are a lot of useful nuggets in here for people who are caring for loved ones still at home who tend to wander.

WATD Radio Show!

December 21, 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — Alexis @ 11:29 AM

I had a new experience this weekend – I was on the radio!

Patti Abbate & Tom Foye co-host WATD’s “My Generation” radio show every Sunday from 7p – 8p. This week, I was their guest and we talked about a host of issues related to elder law and special needs – the need for everyone to have a health care proxy and power of attorney, the rules around nursing home payment and Medicaid, who does and doesn’t need a will, the vital importance of estate planning for parents of adult disabled children, and more. And there is so much more we still need to talk about! Looking forward to being on again.

You can listen to the whole show here.

Thanks for having me, Patti, Tom & WATD!

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Have You Been Appointed Representative Payee?

If you are caring for a loved one who receives Social Security and who cannot manage the Social Security benefits on her own, then you can ask the Social Security Administration to name you (or someone else) as your loved one’s “representative payee.”

This is not a difficult job, but there are some things you need to know. The Social Security Administration has developed a series of videos to help you understand your new job. You can find the videos here.

South Shore ARC Autism Resource Center – At Last

December 1, 2016

Filed under: Adult Disabled Child,Special Needs — Alexis @ 9:49 AM

As knowledge about autism has grown, along with medical and public benefits for autism, families have been struggling to create and navigate the safety net system all at once.

Now there is a group to turn to, a place to find answers and to share your own lessons learned with other families. Visit the South Shore ARC’s Autism Resource Center to see what they have developed so far and how you can help shape the Center.

Open Your Home and Grow Your Family

Filed under: Adult Disabled Child,Living at Home,Special Needs — Alexis @ 9:42 AM

The South Shore ARC is looking for families who would like to host under the Shared Living program. This is a state program that matches up adults with developmental disabilities with “host families.”

If you would like to open your home and your heart, please visit the ARC’s Shared Living page.