From the RAC: February 2019

By Suzan Wynne & Carolyn Compton

Co-Chairs, Health Services Committee

The Resident Advisory Council’s Health Services Committee will hold four listening sessions to hear about the factors that residents and adult children consider when contemplating adding home support services to the household. Why do some residents prefer to hire individuals who aren’t associated with a home support agency? What changes would encourage more use of personnel affiliated with home support agencies, such as those offered by Riderwood and other partner agencies?

The Health Services Committee is holding four listening sessions to hear your views. One session will be in the evening to accommodate adult children. It will be held from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 27, in the Village Square Music Room. The other sessions will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Mondays in the classrooms in each clubhouse: February 25 in Village Square; March 4 in Town Center, and March 11 in Montgomery Station. Lakeside Commons is expected to be under construction so no session will be held there.

Have you wondered about what happens to the prescribing relationship with your physician when hospice enters the picture? Dr. Andrew Kundrat, Medical Director of Riderwood’s Medical Center, stated that, for residents in independent living, the Medical Center providers and hospice providers have equal authority to review and change medications. For residents in long-term care at Arbor Ridge, hospice is a consulting service. Medicare requires that prescribing authority rests with Medical Center physicians and nurse practitioners.

 

Financial Frequently Asked Questions

Is the monthly service fee tax deductible for residents in Independent Living?

No portion of your standard monthly service fee is allocated to medical care. Therefore, it is not allowed as a tax deduction for residents of Independent Living. Other charges included in your monthly bill may qualify as a medical expense that you may be able to claim, such as co-pays and out-of-pocket expenses for prescriptions and office visits, nurse/aide visits, wheelchair escorts, transportation to hospitals or other medical facilities, etc. The IRS has offered limited guidance on the details of the computation of the deductible portion of CCRC fees. Accordingly, the IRS may challenge amounts reported on your tax return. Please note that Riderwood does not provide tax advice and recommends that you consult a tax advisor before addressing any tax-related issue.

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