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Illinois Bar Journal
Articles on Elder Law

When caregivers take By Janan Hanna August 2014 Lawpulse, Page 366 A bill awaiting the governor's signature would protect seniors from being taken advantage of by a caregiver or court-appointed guardian.
Revised health care power of attorney awaits governor’s signature By Janan Hanna July 2014 Lawpulse, Page 314 The new law amends the Illinois HCPOA, with the goal of making it easier for patients to understand and fill out the short form so that more of them will.
Home-care service record-keeping requirements May 2014 Illinois Law Update, Page 220 The Department on Aging now mandates that all in-home service providers maintain electronic visit verification records to confirm the work of all home-care aids. 89 Ill. Adm. Code 240 (eff. Feb. 21, 2014).
Bump in social security benefits December 2013 Illinois Law Update, Page 612 The allowance for aged, blind, and disabled recipients of supplemental security income (SSI) recently increased from $519.90 to $531.90. 89 Ill. Adm. Code 113.
Estate Planning for Clients Who Don’t By Regina Rathnau March 2013 Article, Page 138 Even when clients resist comprehensive estate planning you can help them better prepare for the inevitable.
Implementation of the Assisted Living and Shared Housing Establishment Code November 2012 Illinois Law Update, Page 580 The Assisted Living and Shared Housing Act (the "Act") provides for the operation of assisted living and shared housing establishments based on a residential model intended to promote independence, autonomy, privacy and dignity of its residents, as well as greater family and community involvement. 210 ILCS 9/5.
Paying for Long-Term Care in Illinois By William Siebers and Zach Hesselbaum October 2012 Article, Page 536 There are five ways to pay for long-term care in Illinois. This article discusses all five and brings you the latest on the ever-shifting Medicaid and Veterans' Administration rules.
New Long-Term Care Medicaid Rules Finally Come to Illinois By Diana Law and William Siebers January 2012 Article, Page 30 Effective January 1, Illinois finally brought its Medicaid rules for long-term care into compliance with federal requirements. The new rules make it harder for Illinois long-term care recipients to protect their assets while preserving Medicaid eligibility. Here's what you need to know.
Ethical Issues in Representing Elderly Clients with Diminished Capacity By Kerry R. Peck November 2011 Article, Page 572 When can - and must - you allow your diminished-capacity client to make a decision you advise against? This article explores this and other ethics issues that arise in serving elderly clients.
Update of the Elder and Neglect Program August 2011 Illinois Law Update, Page 388 The Department on Aging updated the Elder and Neglect Program. 89 Ill Adm Code 270. Some key new sections and amendments will be examined in this article, but the entire section should be consulted to see all updated rules.
Proposed Medicaid eligibility regs for long-term care recipients draw criticism By Helen W. Gunnarsson April 2011 Lawpulse, Page 174 Lawyers raise concerns about proposed regulations that they say will not help older clients and their families.
Proposed Medicaid transfer limits unfair to elderly, council says By Helen W. Gunnarsson December 2010 Lawpulse, Page 610 Proposed restrictions on asset transfers, designed to make Medicaid eligibility harder to get for nursing home residents, are unduly harsh, some ISBA lawyers say.
Illinois amends community care program for elderly June 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 292 The Illinois Department on Aging (the department) modified the state's community care program to add an emergency home response service (EHRS) as a core service under the program. 
Five Wishes: “zero cases of litigation” June 2009 Column, Page 274 We're flattered that authors Koenig and Hyde ("Be Careful What You Wish For: Analyzing the Five Wishes Advance Directive," IBJ May 2009) pored over our document, and as would a law student studying a model contract, found areas that might-could-maybe-potentially become a problem.
Be Careful What You Wish For: Analyzing the “Five Wishes” Advance Directive By Ray J. Koenig III and MacKenzie Hyde May 2009 Article, Page 242 The popular Five Wishes document helps clients think about life issues. But don't use it in place of Illinois statutory forms, these authors argue.
Community Care Program updated March 2009 Illinois Law Update, Page 122 The Department on Aging amended Title 89 Ill Adm Code 240, which regulates social services and governs the Illinois Community Care Program.
Illinois Act on Aging amended. PA 095-0565 July 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 340 The Illinois General Assembly has amended the Illinois Act on Aging. 20 ILCS 105/4.02. Section 4.02 of the Act, titled "Community Care Program" has been changed by deleting language naming "home health services," "home nursing services," and "chore and housekeeping services," and adding subsections (k-6) through (k-8). 
Stepping up the fight against elder abuse By Helen W. Gunnarsson July 2008 Lawpulse, Page 334 A leading elder-rights advocate says the Illinois legislature and judiciary can do more to prevent and identify elder abuse.
Medicaid law doesn’t preempt state’s ability to collect for nursing-home bill By Helen W. Gunnarsson June 2008 Lawpulse, Page 278 The state can go after the at-home spouse to recover the institutionalized spouse's nursing home expenses, the Illinois Supreme Court rules.
Cashing in on home sweet home By Helen W. Gunnarsson April 2008 Lawpulse, Page 174 Reverse mortgages are a popular, if controversial, way for elderly clients to cash in on the equity in their homes. Here's how they work and why you should be wary.
Elder Abuse and Neglect Act amended. PA 095-0402 March 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 124 The Illinois General Assembly has amended the Elder Abuse and Neglect Act to add provisions concerning abuse monitoring. 320 ILCS 20/15. 
Missing Persons Identification Act created. PA 095-0192 February 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 72 Act provides law enforcement guidelines and requires all law enforcement agencies to accept "without delay" any report of a missing person.
Nursing Home Care Act amended. PA 095-0031 January 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 16 The Nursing Home Care Act has been amended to include minimum standards adopted by the Department of Public Health for the operation of nursing homes. 210 ILCS 45/3-202.
Ex post facto Medicaid “planning” By Helen W. Gunnarsson November 2007 Lawpulse, Page 570 May an agent or guardian shift the principal's assets for Medicaid planning purposes after the principal has become disabled? Yes - but doing so can be expensive.
Medicaid Planning in Illinois: Are You Ready for the DRA? By Kirsten Izatt November 2007 Article, Page 586 The Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 requires estate planners to devise new ways to protect the assets of clients who face long nursing-home stays. Illinois hasn't implemented the law, but it will.
Of Principals and POAs: When Clients Need Protection from Themselves By Helen W. Gunnarsson November 2007 Article, Page 580 What can we do for elderly clients who aren't making good financial decisions because they aren't fully competent?
DHS staff must now report elderly self-neglect August 2007 Illinois Law Update, Page 404 89 Ill Adm Code 10, "General Administrative Provisions," has been amended to add self-neglect to the list of elder abuse and neglect that department staff must report to the Department on Aging within 24 hours of discovery. 
Impending Regs Affect Planning for Clients Facing Long-Term Care By Helen W. Gunnarsson February 2007 Lawpulse, Page 66 The state is on track to issue new regulations that will make it harder for clients who are headed for nursing-home care to hang on to assets. Elder law and estate-planning practitioners need to be prepared with new strategies for the new rules.
Changing demographics lead to amended Elder Abuse and Neglect Act - PA 094-1064 January 2007 Illinois Law Update, Page 14 Due to the aging demographic of the country and the increasing prevalence of elder abuse, the Illinois General Assembly (General Assembly) amended the Elder Abuse and Neglect Act. 
New statutory language targets elder self-neglect By Helen W. Gunnarsson December 2006 Lawpulse, Page 642 Soon-to-be-effective changes to the Elder Abuse and Neglect Act will give authorities new power to intervene when elderly people can't take care of themselves.