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Thursday, January 21, 2021

Volunteers Needed for Dementia Caregiver Studies

Rice University is recruiting caregivers who are currently caring for a spouse or romantic partner with Alzheimer's Disease, or related dementias, for two research studies funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  "Project Care" is a fully remote study of caregivers' emotions and health during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Caregivers can participate in the study remotely, through online and mobile phone surveys, and will be compensated for their time.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2020

COVID-19 Vaccine: Who, When, Where?

Over a million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been allocated to health care providers across Texas and about 174,000 Texans have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. To be fully vaccinated, a person must receive two doses of the vaccine, administered about 3-4 weeks apart.  In the first phase of vaccination in Texas (Phase 1A), front line health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities are eligible for the vaccine.  In the next phase, Phase 1B, which began in late December, vaccines are being administered to seniors age 65 or older and individuals age 16 or older with certain chronic conditions. 

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Friday, December 18, 2020

Season's Greetings and Hope for the New Year

We wish everyone a safe, happy holiday season and hope that all those who lost a loved one this year find comfort in the nearness - or virtual nearness - of family.  We are grieved by the unexpected loss of clients in 2020, particularly those who were infected by Covid-19, residing in locked down nursing homes, or otherwise adversely affected by the pandemic.  Long-term care facilities will begin to receive and administer the Covid vaccines later this month according to the governor.  Here is some other hopeful news about the accidental discovery of a potential cure for hereditary blindness.  

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Monday, August 3, 2020

Funding Home Care for Elderly and Disabled

Tuesday, August 4th, is call-in day to push for dedicated funding of home and community-based services (HCBS) in the new COVID-19 relief legislation that is being negotiated in the U.S. Senate.  This is desperately needed in Texas, where HCBS funding has been greatly reduced during the pandemic, resulting in long delays for individuals waiting on the Interest List for an opportunity to apply for HCBS-Star Plus Waiver benefits.

As recently discussed on this blog, Medicaid requires states to provide nursing facility services, but does not mandate home and community-based care for elderly and disabled beneficiaries.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Home Care Alternatives to Nursing Facilities

As the spread of coronavirus threatens elderly and disabled residents of long-term care facilities, it is important to be informed about home-based alternatives to institutional care.  Major outbreaks of coronavirus have occurred in long-term care facilities across the U.S., infecting staff as well as residents.  Deaths from these outbreaks account for one-third to one-half of total COVID-19 fatalities.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Coronavirus Spreading in Nursing Homes

Large outbreaks of the Covid-19 virus have occurred among residents and staff at Texas long-term care facilities in San Antonio, Lubbock, Texas City, La Porte, and other cities.  State regulators have asked facilities to report coronavirus cases, and to inform residents and their families of cases within the facility.  While state government is collecting this data, it has failed to publicly release the numbers of cases and names of facilities where coronavirus has been reported. 

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Covid-19: Expanded Medicare Telehealth Services

Telehealth & related services

Medicare has temporarily expanded its coverage of telehealth services to respond to the current Public Health Emergency. These services expand the current telehealth covered services, to help you have access from more places (including your home), with a wider range of communication tools (including smartphones), to interact with a range of providers (such as doctors, nurse practitioners, clinical psychologists, and licensed clinical social worker). During this time, you will be able to receive a specific set of services through telehealth including evaluation and management visits (common office visits), mental health counseling and preventive health screenings.

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Attorney Nancy Stone assists clients with Elder Law, Medicaid Planning, and Estate Planning throughout Harris County, TX. I am now based in Sugar Land and serve all of Houston, Harris County, Bellaire, Jersey Village, Cypress, West University, The Heights, Pearland, Alvin, Sugar Land, Missouri City, Kingwood, Humble, The Woodlands, Spring, Tomball, Richmond, Rosenberg Pasadena, Baytown, La Porte, Clear Lake, Texas City, Katy, Friendswood, Stafford, as well as Fort Bend County, Brazoria County, Montgomery County, Galveston County, Liberty County, Chambers County, Waller County and throughout Southeast TX.

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