Should I Divorce My Terminally Ill Spouse?

While catching up on recent news, I came across this advice column about a man’s decision to divorce his terminally ill wife.  It made me very sad for the couple.  It also reminded me that many people might believe this is their only resort when a spouse is facing devastating illness that requires long-term care. […]

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Ensuring Good Nursing Home Care

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has identified about 80 nursing homes nationwide that are subject to increased oversight because the facilities have “substantially failed” to meet the required care standards and resident protections mandated by federal and state regulations. These facilities are part of CMS’s Special Focus Facilities Program and are subject to […]

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Losing a Parent: Are We Ever Prepared?

On March 16th, one day before St. Patrick’s Day, my father-in-law passed away quietly in the middle of the night. He was 87 years old. Yes, he had been ill, but he was on the road to recovery—or so we thought—recovering in a rehab facility. The 2:00 a.m. call informing my husband of the news […]

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Resource for Caregivers

We have all heard of “Amber” alerts.  They are messages regarding missing orabducted children and are intended to alert us in the event we have any information regarding the missing child’s whereabouts.  Perhaps we’ve received them as texts, emails, or voice mails.  Maybe we’ve seen them on billboards as we’re driving.  The intent is to […]

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Embracing Death

If you are like me, you may not like thinking or even talking about dying, especially if it’s about you or a loved one. I frequently see the same discomfort in my clients’ faces when we discuss the subject. Discomfort and denial help many of us avoid the topic. Yet death can’t be avoided – […]

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Legislators Introduce Bill Allowing ABLE Accounts for Ohio Residents!

Ever since the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act was signed into federal law on December 19, 2014, individual states have been jumping to get on board with the ABLE Act. 39 states have either introduced or enacted a state version of the ABLE program. We may now add to that list our own state of Ohio. On Wednesday April 15, 2015, Ohio legislators introduced HB 155 and SB 147, the Disability Expense Savings Account bill, also known as the Ohio ABLE Act.

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Casey Kasem – What Did He Really Want??

The recent death of Casey Kasem made me think about how things can still go wrong even when we believe that we have prepared for the inevitable. Casey Kasem, a popular radio host, recently passed away at age 82. Many of us remember him as the voice of “American Top 40,” a weekly radio show […]

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