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Caring for the Caregiver

SCRC Event CV Library flyer – July 31, 2014 We invite you to attend this FREE informational workshop for family caregivers. Come and learn more about caregiving and communication techniques, obtain helpful resources and get answers to your most pressing questions. Refreshments provided and chance to participate in an opportunity drawing! Where: Chula Vista Public Library Auditorium, Civic Center Branch, 365 F Street, Chula Vista, CA 91910 When: Thursday, July 31, 2014 Time: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm Fore more information and to RSVP please contact Southern Caregiver Resource Center at 1800-827-1008 or...

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Restoring California Department of Aging funds

Elder Law & Advocacy urges the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee and the Assembly Budget Committee to restore funding to Department of Aging programs and services. Assembly Budget Committee: Assembly Member Nancy Skinner, Chair Assembly Member Jeff Gorell, Vice Chair Assembly Budget Subcommittee #1 on Health and Human Services Assembly Member Shirley Weber, Chair Assembly Member Wesley Chesbro Assembly Member Roger Dickinson Assembly Member Shannon Grove Assembly Member Allan Mansoor Senate Budget Committee Senator Mark Leno, Chair Senator Jim Nielsen, Vice Chair Senate Budget Subcommittee #3 on Health and Human Services Senator Ellen Corbett, Chair Senator Bill Monning Senator Mimi...

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Support the Medicare Qualified Individual (QI) Program

QI Program Update Medicare Part B background: Medicare is a federal insurance program which covers all persons 65 or older who have made Social Security contributions, disabled persons under 65, and those with end-stage renal disease. Medicare is composed of several parts, including Hospital Insurance (Part A) and Medical Insurance (Part B). Most people pay the Part B premium of $104.90 each month. What the Qualified Individual (QI) Program Accomplishes: Qualified Individual-I (QI-1) is a Medicare Savings Program that helps low-income individuals pay for their Part B premiums. In order to qualify for this program, individuals and couples must meet income and asset limits. The monthly incomes must range between 120% and 135% of the Federal Poverty Line (FPL), which is $1,333 for an individual and $1,790 for a couple. The asset limit for an individual is $7,160 and $10,750 for a couple. San Diego Impact: From 2000 to 2010, the San Diego region experienced the following population increases in its older adult population[1]: Those 60 and over increased...

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Older Americans Act Update

Older Americans Act Update – UPDATED Summary of February 11, 2014 Senate Committee Hearing, Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training Elder Law & Advocacy strongly supports Reauthorization of the Older Americans Act: The Older Americans Act (OAA) funds important social and nutrition services for elderly Americans.  Since 1965, OAA has provided a wide range of assistance to seniors, including community-based legal services, meals through senior dining centers and/or home delivery, respite care, and transportation. Elder Law & Advocacy is a nonprofit organization providing free and low-cost civil legal services, Medicare counseling, and advocacy and litigation services. Reauthorization: OAA was not officially renewed since its 2011 expiration. Reauthorization of OAA is necessary to modernize and improve services. On February 11, 2014, the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training hearing discussed OAA programs, services, and challenges. The hearing was chaired by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC). Next step for Reauthorization of OAA: The bill awaits passage by the Senate and the House. Four experts presented testimony: Ms. Carol O’Shaughnessy, Principal...

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ELA Supports the RCFE Reform Act of 2014

Elder Law & Advocacy recognizes the overwhelming need to strengthen oversight and regulation of RCFEs. What is a Residential Care Facility for the Elderly (RCFE)? Also known as an assisted living facility, retirement home, and board and care home. Provides services to persons 60 years of age and over and persons under 60 with compatible needs. Supervises and assists with activities of daily living, such as bathing and grooming. May provide incidental medical services under special care plans. Ranges in size from six beds or less to over 100 beds. Over 174,000 California residents live in over 7,500 RCFEs. Critical Health and Safety Issues: Inadequate training for RCFE administrators and care providers. Infrequent inspections of facilities. Uninformed residents and families. Unresponsive and insufficient investigations of complaints involving abuse of residents. Paltry, disproportionate fines for violations. No accountability for RCFEs that break the rules. Lack of public transparency as to deficiencies, complaints, civil penalties, licensing, facility ownership. What is the RCFE Reform Act of 2014? The RCFE Reform Act of...

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ELA Attorney Recognized For Work

UCSD Triton, a UC San Diego Alumni publication, recognizes Elder Law & Advocacy attorney Sharon Lee for her work: For victims of elder abuse, the golden years are dark. According to Sharon Lee, most instances go virtually undetected. “In 90 percent of the elder abuse cases, the abuse is perpetuated by a family member, a friend or someone who the client loved or trusted,” says Lee. “The client is put in a difficult situation where someone they care about is doing them wrong.” After working for a law student during her undergraduate years, Lee was inspired to pursue law herself. She received a law degree from the University of San Diego, and has been working as an attorney at Elder Law & Advocacy in San Diego since 2010. She dabbles in about 20 different areas of law, ranging from social security to property law, as she provides counseling to senior citizens. “A big component of what we do is physical, emotional and financial,” says Lee. “Some of the clients...

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