A Pennsylvania Court has ruled that Clarence and Barbara Scott are not financially responsible for the 31 year old autistic son’s care. The Scotts who reside in New Jersey, had placed their special needs son in a Pennsylvania care facility. After New Jersey cut its funding for out of state placements, the Scott’s refused to have their son move back to Pennsylvania allegedly due to a lack of an appropriate facility for him. After 14 months, the Scott’s son was returned to New Jersey and the Scotts were billed $205,000 by the facility which they refused to pay. The court rejected the care facility’s argument that Pennsylvania law controlled. The court held that because New Jersey’s law shields parents over the age of 55 (like the Scotts) from having to pay for the care of disabled adult children who are eligible for public assistance, the Scotts as New Jersey residents, were not obligated to pay for their son’s care.
Dementia is a devastating disease. Few things are more heart wrenching that watching a loved one slowly fade away. Even under the best of circumstances with sufficient financial resources and excellent care, dementia is nearly impossible to manage very well. The financial challenges alone can be overwhelming. In many instances, family members will serve as […]
Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter once said that “there are only four kinds of people in this world: those who have been caregivers, those who currently are caregivers, those will be caregivers and those who will need caregivers.” Currently an estimated 40 million people providing care to an adult family member or other loved one. […]
In her new book, “Old & Sick in America: The Journey Through the Health Care System” Dr. Murial Gillick addresses many of the common struggles older patients can have with our health care system. These can include being seen briefly in a hospital by a physician you’ve never met before, who isn’t familiar with your […]