Monthly Archives: October 2011

Home-Care Rates Stay the Same This Year; Other Senior-Care Prices Climb

Once again, rates for in-home care and home health-care did not rise with the rest of the senior-care market this year, according to MetLife’s annual survey. As in 2010 and 2009, in-home care remained at an average of $19 an hour. Home health-care stayed at $21 an hour.

What’s making news across the country is, of course, the bad side of things. Rates for other types of senior care rose—at an even …Read more ›

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“Green” Nursing Homes Give Residents Choice, Homier Living

Ohio is getting its first two Green House nursing homes, reports The Courier, a newspaper in Findlay, OH. Green House facilities are smaller and more homelike than traditional ones. The Courier describes them this way:

Each resident will have his or her own bedroom and full bathroom, the opportunity to eat at a dining room table that seats all residents and caregivers, and access to a hearth room, den, front porch, back patio and fenced backyard with …Read more ›

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Nursing-Home Search Tip: Ask About On-Site Doctors

Many ER trips from nursing homes could be avoided if doctors were on site more often, suggests a post on the health website This serves as a good reminder to ask about doctors when evaluating a nursing home. Not all facilities have on-site physicians—or even ones who regularly visit.

The author, Alan Cato, M.D., writes that typically, medical intervention in a nursing home starts with phone calls with the doctor “and, inevitably, end up …Read more ›

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Hospital Rankings on Government Site May Be Misleading, Insiders Say

Medicare has added new data to its Hospital Compare website, but some industry insiders say it may paint a misleading picture.

Hospital Compare provides ratings and other information about hospitals. Recently, Medicare added some safety numbers to the database. But Kaiser Health News reports that not everyone approves of how the data’s being interpreted. Hospitals that treat sicker patients or do more surgeries may rank worse even if their care is …Read more ›

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America’s First LGBT Senior Center to Open in New York

The nation’s first senior center for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people will open in January, reports The Huffington Post. The New York City mayor’s office and the city’s Department for the Aging are helping fund it through what’s called the Innovative Senior Center initiative. It will be run by Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders.

SAGE is just one of eight providers selected as part of the ISC initiative. Others chosen for development include …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 10/19/11 Recap: The Hidden Benefits of Caregiving

Caregiving gets a bad rap. Most of the time, it’s the bad guy. Headlines of posts shout about the burnout, stress, challenges, and struggles. Defeat and discouragement are at the forefront of caregiver conversations.

But what about the benefits? The victories, the rewards, the triumphs?

This Wednesday, inspired by “Caregiving’s Hidden Benefits,” the intriguing piece from the NYT’s New Old Age blog, a record-breaking …Read more ›

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Tips to Make a Small In-Law Suite Feel More Spacious

Don’t think you have enough room to add an in-law suite? Michael Litchfield, author of In-Laws, Outlaws, and Granny Flats: Your Guide to Turning One House Into Two Homes, might beg to differ. “The smallest unit in Litchfield’s book is a backyard cottage that measures 269 square feet,” reports the San Francisco Chronicle. He told the newspaper:

“Higher ceilings, tall doors and high windows can improve the quality of living in the space. Including adjacent landscape as part …Read more ›

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Senior Centers Offering Rides to Doctor’s Appointments

Elderly people who live alone and have no family nearby face unique challenges. For example, what if you need a medical procedure that you can’t drive yourself home from?

The Dear Abby column offers a number of suggestions from readers—including checking with senior centers.

Many senior centers offer this service for medical appointments and procedures. The drivers are covered by insurance and are trained on customer service techniques. My husband has taken many people for this …Read more ›

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Tips to Get Siblings Involved With Caring for Elderly Parents

It’s hard to be an only child caring for aging parents. But sometimes, people with siblings aren’t much better off. The responsibilities tend to fall on one person’s shoulders.

The sandwich-generation website has some tips on how to get siblings involved. For example, show them what needs doing.

It is helpful to draft a visual schedule so your siblings can see the amount of work that needs to be done. When you come up with …Read more ›

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Agencies on Aging Offering Free Help for Medicare Open Enrollment

Medicare open enrollment started this past weekend. For people who need help sorting through their options, Area Agencies on Aging across the country are offering free programs and counseling sessions. For example, The Morning Call, a newspaper covering Lehigh Valley, PA, reports:

The next seven weeks will be the Medicare open enrollment season, a time for seniors to consider their health and insurance needs. For Miller, a …Read more ›

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