Monthly Archives: May 2012

Renting Out Vs. Selling Your Elderly Parent’s Home

When the house becomes too much for Mom or Dad, what should you do with it? It can generate money to use for long-term care, but is selling, renting out or getting a reverse mortgage the best option for that?

Your first instinct, especially if the move is the unanticipated result of a health crisis, may be to sell the house, even though you know the market isn’t good. But you may do well …Read more ›

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Is a Senior Village Coming to a Town Near You?

Virtual senior villages help seniors stay in their own homes longer. We’ve been talking about these grassroots organizations since 2010, but were they just a fad—products of idealism that couldn’t sustain themselves? Well, according to a recent article in The Boston Globe, so far, they’re still going strong. In fact, more are on their way.

Beacon Hill Village has grown to nearly 400 members throughout …Read more ›

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Could You Be Forced to Pay Your Parent’s Nursing-Home Bill?

If your elderly parents qualify for Medicaid, you may want to start the application now, says elder-care advisor Carolyn Rosenblatt at That’s because of laws in 30 states that require the families of poor adults to support them. For one man with an elderly, impoverished mother in a nursing home, this meant he was stuck with a $93,000 nursing-home bill, even though the law in his …Read more ›

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Hospices Partnering With Program That Thanks Dying Veterans

Memorial Day greetings to you. Today is the day we remember the men and women who gave their lives while serving this country. So it seems appropriate to highlight an article from the Ledger-Enquirer in Columbus, GA, profiling an organization that honors veterans before they die—veterans in hospice care.

The national program, We Honor Veterans, partners with hospices and sends volunteers to thank ailing veterans. The …Read more ›

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Modern-Day In-Home Care Offers More Services, Care

We’ve talked a good bit about how nursing-home care has changed since our grandparents’ days. But Bonnie Reppert, owner of a Home Instead franchise serving Las Vegas, points out that in-home care has too.

Reppert opened her franchise’s doors in 1996. Now, less than two decades later, client needs have expanded, and so have her company’s services, reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

“We do offer more personal-care services than …Read more ›

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Touring Nursing Homes? Why You Might See Younger People Staying There

If you’re checking out nursing homes for your elderly parent, you may notice some not-elderly faces. Over a quarter of people at nursing homes are under age 65, reports the Reno-Gazette Journal, a Nevada newspaper. Many of them are there for short-term recovery care. Others live there.

Pressure for hospitals to discharge seriously ill and injured patients and medical advancements that save the lives of people who in the …Read more ›

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More Hospices Helping Patients Keep Their Pets

If you’re dying, you want your loved ones around you. For many people, that includes pets. Caring for animals can be difficult to impossible when you’re dealing with a terminal illness, so hospices are increasingly taking on pet-care responsibilities, reports the Orlando Sentinel.

“Hospice is supposed to take care of the patient and the family,” said Lisa Gray, volunteer department manager of Cornerstone Hospice and Palliative Care, which serves seven counties …Read more ›

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Don’t Demonize All Antipsychotics in Nursing Homes, 2 Psychiatrists Say

In the last few weeks, the use of antipsychotics in nursing homes has been in the news with claims of overuse. But in a letter to The Boston Globe, two geriatric psychiatrists argue for more balance in the reporting.

Drs. David Harnett and James Ellison say that behavioral interventions should be used first, but when they fail, antipsychotics are an important and helpful treatment tool.

These and other medications …Read more ›

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New Trend: Financial Planners Helping Evaluate Retirement Communities

Professionals not normally associated with senior care are jumping into the game, The Wall Street Journal reports. They’re serving as advisors.

Though the trend is in its early stages … financial planners—especially those who serve a number of elderly clients—are starting to help clients evaluate local retirement-living options and their costs. …

Sometimes planners band together with other professionals who work with the elderly so they can coordinate in-home services to avoid …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 5/16/12 Recap: Caregiving in the Media

Would you watch a “caregiving family swap” reality show? Do you think reporters get it right when they’re covering the challenges of being a caregiver? How about celebrities talking about caregiving: what makes their stories accessible?

These were just a few of the issues the 67 attendees debated in this week’s #ElderCareChat, led by co-moderator and co-founder Denise Brown of (@caregiving). Setting the framework …Read more ›

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