Monthly Archives: February 2012

How Dying Without Hospice Led to 4-Hour Death-Day Ordeal for Colorado Family

Terminally ill patients aren’t the only people who benefit from hospice. Family members do too—in more ways than one.

When Mark A. Ruszczycky’s ailing mother-in-law was living with him and his wife, they decided against hospice, he recounts in The Denver Post. But their decision complicated the day of death.

“In Colorado, when a patient dies at home and is not under hospice, the procedure is to call 911,” he writes. So when the time came, …Read more ›

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Some Assisted-Living Communities Allowing Pets

If you’ve owned a pet, you understand how hard it would be to leave one behind in a move. But sometimes, people have no choice. When they move to assisted living, for example, pets are often not allowed. … Often, but not always.

Some assisted-living communities and nursing homes are allowing people to bring a pet, or at least allowing pets to visit. We’ve talked about this trend before but …Read more ›

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Nursing-Home Operators Keeping Seniors Home With Newer Care Model

For some nursing-home operators, nursing homes are out and adult day-care centers are in, according to The New York Times. The operators are shutting down traditional facilities in favor of a model of care that helps people stay home as they age. It’s all based around a special kind of adult day-care center. The Times reports:

These new adult day-care centers, known around the nation by the acronym PACE — Program of …Read more ›

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What to Expect When Remodeling a Condo for Aging in Place

Renovating a house for aging in place is one thing. Renovating a condominium brings a whole other set of considerations, says accessibility remodeler Susan Luxenberg. First things first: You have to present your plans to your condo association. Luxenberg writes on her blog :

From my experience, the most stringent requirements imposed by condo associations have to do with restricted work hours. Their biggest concern is that your …Read more ›

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Retirement Community Too Expensive? Try Negotiating.

With entrance costs and monthly fees, buying into a retirement community is expensive. But just how expensive may be negotiable, says Irvin Schorsch, president of Pennsylvania Capital Management. He writes in an article for The Atlantic:

With so many communities available, competition is healthy, which means there is usually room to negotiate many aspects, from the size of a room to its location, as well as the …Read more ›

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Men Make Great Caregivers—Because They Ask for Help, Says Expert

Women are traditionally known as the caregivers—the nurturers of the family. But when Mom gets dementia, Dad is often thrust into that caregiving role. He cooks and cleans house and takes care of the woman who once took care of him. And he may be well-suited to the task, reports the Chicago Tribune.

Compared to 15 years ago, twice as many men today are identifying themselves as caregivers for people with dementia, …Read more ›

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Lose Your Independence? Lose Dining-Room Privileges Too at One Retirement Home

If that continuing-care retirement community you’re considering has a lovely dining room, you might want to make sure you’ll always be allowed in it, suggests a post from The New Old Age. One CCRC in Norfolk, Va., decided last year that only people in independent living could eat in some of their restaurants.

The community, called Harbor’s Edge, blames overcrowding from an increased occupancy rate. But some angry residents aren’t appeased. They’re crying discrimination. …Read more ›

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Medicare Hospital-Rating System Flawed, Say Advisors

The Medicare hospital ratings are back in the news. Some teaching hospitals say they’re unfairly skewed. But they’re not the only organizations expressing concerns.

In October, Kaiser Health News reported that certain industry insiders disputed the way data was being interpreted. Nonetheless, Medicare has been saying it will use the data to help determine how much to reimburse hospitals.

Now, Kaiser Health News, in collaboration with three major newspapers, reports that …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat Recap 2/15/12: Meeting the Needs of the Working Family Caregiver

Meeting the needs of the working family caregiver was the topic on the table at this week’s #ElderCareChat forum. As always, our participants engaged in a lively discussion, tweeting practical tips, ideas and resources for those balancing a career and caregiving responsibilities. Also shared were action-oriented suggestions around making the workplace a culture that recognizes and supports caregivers.

Framing the conversation were the following questions:

  1. How …Read more ›
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Down Sides of Giving Away Your House to Qualify for Medicaid

Some elderly parents give their house to a child years in advance to help the parents eventually qualify for Medicaid. But that’s not always a good idea, says an article at the central-Pennsylvania news website PennLive.com. Even if the parents avoid Medicaid penalties, there are other down sides to consider—for one thing, the dreaded taxes:

If Mother, for instance, transfers her house to her daughter who is not …Read more ›

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