Category Archives: Nursing Homes

Questions about COVID-19 in Long Term Care Facilities? Join Weekly Video/Phone Conference

For those with a family member in a long-term care facility, the MI Long Term Care Ombudsman Program (Ombudsman Program) holds a weekly video/phone conference to answer questions about COVID-19 in long term care facilities.

Every Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. you can join the Ombudsman Program for answers to questions about COVID-19 in long term care facilities.  As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic outbreak evolves, the long term care Ombudsman Program continues to advocate for residents in licensed nursing homes, adult foster care, and homes for the aged. This information keeps family and friends informed of ever-changing guidelines for nursing homes and other long term care facilities.  Each weekly question and answer session responds to questions the Ombudsman Program has received during the previous week.  If time permits, the hosts will also take questions from those in attendance.

Sessions are one hour and take place every Wednesday at 6:30 pm. If you have a specific question you would like answered, please contact the Ombudsman Program at 517-827-8010 and leave a message or send them a detailed email at

How to Join the Weekly COVID-19 calls:

  • to join by phone – Call 1-929-205-6099

          Meeting ID: 829 7146

Please be sure to visit the Ombudsman Program website for more details about the call and for information about COVID-19 and the ombudsman program. Questions and answers discussed each week will be posted on the website.

CAREGIVER EXPO – A Must For Caregivers!

Caregivers – Don’t miss out!  Take advantage of the  “Solutions for Family Caregivers Expo” tomorrow (Saturday, October 14) from 9 to 2 at the Suburban Collection Showplace located in Novi, MI.  This is a once-a-year event, and only every other year in Oakland county.

I will be there alongside Jim Schuster, Elder Law Attorney, for the afternoon session called “Elder Law Mini-Course for Caregivers.” Drop by our booth. I’d love to see you and personally give you resource materials that will help you be a more informed and effective caregiver.

At no charge, you have access to many experts in seminars on topics such as: maximizing Medicare benefits, caregiver health, hospice, protecting assets, dealing with dementia, grief recovery, getting quality medical care, and elder law.  You’ll also have access to an exhibit hall stuffed with businesses providing support services to caregivers.  Thousands will attend this event.

Here’s the link for more information about the breakout sessions, times and directions: Caregiver Expo


I hope to see you tomorrow!

Coordinating Attendant Care and Available Resources for MS Client

Video 2 ImageWe want to share a series of videos (5 total) that demonstrate how Elder Law attorneys can help those with MS.  The second video focuses on Coordinating Attendant Care and Available Resources.  People with MS, along with their family members, frequently engage caregivers from outside the home to assist in their care and provide respite for the family.  Doing so must be done carefully to ensure all legal and tax requirements are met and eligibility for public benefits is maintained.  This video focuses on the ins and outs of the various options for obtaining needed attendant care.

These videos were produced through the collaborative efforts of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and Stetson University College of Law.  The videos will be posted on successive days.  Or you can go directly here to watch them all at once.

The elder law team at CMDA is experienced in helping vulnerable clients of every age.  We are available to assist younger individuals dealing with a disability or debilitating illness such as MS.  We help our clients maintain quality of life and preserving independence for as long as possible. We hope you find value from these videos.  We also welcome your feedback.  Contact Gene at CMDA’s Livonia office by calling (734) 261-2400 or by email at

How to Respond When a Senior with Dementia Insists on “Going Home”

patient caregiver photoIt is common for seniors living with dementia to exclaim “I want to go home!”  That is a reasonable request when a senior is temporarily staying in the hospital, rehabbing in a nursing home or shortly after moving to a new location.   An encouraging reminder that the situation is temporary or explaining why the senior is away from home will often ease the senior’s frustration.

Sometimes, however, a senior’s insistence on returning home turns into a crisis that is not easily resolved.  This usually occurs when the senior IS already at home but cannot grasp, or will not accept, that reality.   Once the senior fixates on the perceived need, the stress levels for everyone involved ratchet ever higher as the demands to “return home” increase in frequency and emotional intensity.  Ignoring the demands only intensify the senior’s distress.  Similarly, patient explanations and logical arguments do nothing to calm the senior’s frustration.

A better way to deal with an “I want to go home” crisis is to use creative responses that redirect the senior to a calm state of mind.  Please click on the link below to learn more about the three kind responses to offer a senior who repetitively asks to go home:

3 Ways to Respond When Someone with Alzheimer’s Says I Want to Go Home

To all the caregivers out there – you truly are heroes!  Attorneys in CMDA’s elder law and estate planning practice group offer a broad range of elder law and estate planning services to our clients. Each client is unique, and we take the time to understand our clients’ needs and goals and designs practical, customized solutions.

Norman E. Richards (Gene) focuses his practice on estate planning and elder law.  He assists clients with the development of customized estate plans to address their specific needs, including family owned businesses, senior adults concerned about long term care needs, and special needs trusts for children with special needs.  He may be reached at (734) 261-2400 or