National Healthcare Decisions Day

When COVID-19 hit, and with the daily onslaught of coronavirus news that’s permeating every waking moment, it’s evident that our healthcare is a number one priority. Oddly, many people have not yet laid out personal healthcare plans detailing their desires and needs in the event of illness or accidents that could incapacitate them. April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day to bring about awareness of the need for everyone to have healthcare documents in place. Continue reading

How To Celebrate With Online Services

For many people, Passover and Easter week are an especially difficult time to “shelter in place.” My heart goes out to all those who will miss the joy of worshipping with their spiritual families. If you belong to a congregation, you are probably already checking to see if they will be conducting online services. If you do not belong to a congregation, here are some local churches and temples that are conducting services online.

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Important News Regarding Coverage of a Skilled Nursing Facility Stay

Here is an urgent update from the Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services: The CMS is waiving the requirement at Section 1812(f) of the Social Security Act for a 3-day prior hospitalization for coverage of a skilled nursing facility (SNF) stay. Download the CMS Fact Sheet here Continue reading

Three Things to Know BEFORE Someone You Love Goes to a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF)

By Taylor Amstutz, Associate Attorney Taylor Amstutz graduated from Pepperdine Law and is passionate about advocating for vulnerable populations in our community.
Earlier this year, a rogue pajama bottom leg tripped my 84-year-old grandmother, breaking her hip and femur. After one surgery, two hospitalizations and three different skilled nursing facility stays over four weeks, I am happy to report she is finally home. The last several months have not been easy for my family or my Grandma, one of the most fiercely independent people you will ever meet. Continue reading

Coronavirus Crisis: Visitation Guidelines for Residential Care, Assisted Living, and Board and Care Facilities for the Elderly

Friends: As part of our mission to care for you and care for yours, we would like you to be aware of a consumer alert published by California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR), updated March 13. Below is the full text of its email alert. Thank you, and be healthy. — From all of us at Terri Hilliard, PC Continue reading

Addressing Concerns with Coronavirus & Flu Season

Sensible Precautions

As reports of the potentially life-threatening COVID-19 virus, aka coronavirus, populate the airwaves, television news and social media feeds, our local community is understandably highly aware and concerned with how to avoid contamination while going about their daily lives. While many experts warn that fear of the virus may cause more damage than the virus itself, Terri Hilliard PC is committed to taking precautions to minimize the spread of germs such as coronavirus and to remain healthy. Continue reading