Frequently Asked Questions
I’ve been told that I need to speak with an elder law attorney. What do you do, and what makes you different from other attorneys?
My mom is being transferred to a nursing home and I’ve been told that Medicare will pay for her care. Is this true?
Yes and no. Medicare only pays for skilled nursing care, which usually follows a three day hospital stay (some Medicare HMOs will waive the three day stay but it depends on what type of Medicare plan you have chosen). Medicare will pay for the first 20 days of skilled care and could pay up to a total of 100 days of care with a co-payment for days 21-100. However, most people do not use the entire skilled care benefit and typical length of stay is around 28 days or less. Medicare will not pay for long-term nursing home care or the intermediate level of care. Intermediate care is also called custodial care and provides services such as dressing, bathing, toileting needs, feeding, etc. Long-term nursing home care is either private (self) pay by the individual or is paid by Medicaid. Medicaid in Tennessee is also called TennCare and the program to pay for long-term care services and supports is called CHOICES.
My husband is in skilled care and I don’t think he is going to be able to come home. Am I going to lose my home? How will I pay for bills at home? Will the nursing home take all of our money?
I don’t think I can afford an Elder Law Attorney. Are they expensive?
Why do you charge a consultation fee?
Our consultation appointments are conducted by an attorney, and typically last 1-1/2 hours. We take the time to listen to your concerns and to explain the options available to you. Elder law does not have easy questions, and the answers are even more complicated. At the end of the consultation you have an understanding of the resources and benefits to work on an ongoing basis with our firm. Even if you choose not to retain our services, you still have received the necessary information to make a more informed decision for your loved one.