Monthly Archives: August 2013

Residents Give Advice for Affording Continuing-Care Retirement Community

Continuing-care retirement communities are known to be expensive. They often have not just high monthly fees but also large entrance fees. Nonetheless, CCRCs, which offer independent living along with long-term care when you need it, may be affordable to more people than you think, some residents say.

At The Best Life, residents of a CCRC in Maryland offer various tips for prospective CCRC residents. One point they make is these communities …Read more ›

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Ask Retirement Community Financial “What Ifs” Before Moving In

When evaluating retirement communities, you’ll want to ask them a lot of questions—many not about amenities and activities but about finances.

Some of those questions—financial and not—are covered in “What to Look For When Shopping For a Retirement Community” at The Best Life blog. As you may have heard elsewhere, you should ask things like how much various things will cost you and about the community’s finances. But also, the …Read more ›

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The “Real Question” About Hospice When Loved One Has Alzheimer’s

A friend suggested that it might be time for Marie Marley’s life partner, Ed, to begin hospice care. A doctor confirmed that Ed, who had Alzheimer’s disease, would qualify for it. Yet Marley couldn’t bring herself to request it—until a doctor put hospice into perspective for her.

“I knew it was silly but somehow, I felt that signing the papers would be tantamount to signing his death warrant,” Marley …Read more ›

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Nursing Homes Now Required to Have Sprinklers

Nursing homes that want to participate in Medicare or Medicaid must now have sprinkler systems, reports McKnight’s Long-Term Care News. If they don’t, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will cite them for a deficiency. Then they have three months to come up with a plan to remedy the problem.

“The requirement was first issued in a final ruling in 2008, with a five-year implementation period,” McKnight’s explains. “According to CMS’ release, Illinois …Read more ›

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Hospital Trying to Improve Surgical Outcomes in Elderly Patients

In Baltimore, MD, one hospital is trying out new techniques for predicting how elderly people will respond if they have surgery, reports The New Old Age. At the Sinai Center for Geriatric Surgery, patients undergo more prescreening evaluations than at other hospitals—which doctors can use to direct surgical and after-care decisions.

The evaluations include simple, quick tests for:

  • Frailty, “including assessments of grip strength and walking speed, that have been shown to predict …Read more ›
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Treat the Whole Person Not the Condition

Treat the Whole Person Not the ConditionNot long ago, I ran into an older couple who looked very familiar. After searching my memory bank, I remembered – he was a distinguished professor at the small, prestigious college in the village where I grew up. His wife didn’t look much different to me, but the professor’s years had taken …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 8/21/13 Recap: All About Home Care

Get highlights from Wednesday's conversation about home care in this recap post.On Wednesday, 39 participants engaged in a dynamic conversation about home care, an elder option that is constantly evolving, flexible, diverse, and like assisted living, often misunderstood.

We were pleased to welcome several new attendees to our live #ElderCareChat forum this week, along with our regulars, many of whom have been active members since …Read more ›

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People Still Struggling to Get Timely Retirement Community Refunds

Certain retirement communities may promise a refund or partial refund of fees once you vacate your residence. But in June, we talked about how some people were having to wait a long time to get that refund because they were only set to receive it once their previous residence was rented out again.

The Des Moines register reports this is still going on but mentions a twist: Some people are being offered …Read more ›

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Family Members Training As Home-Health Aides

Instead of hiring a home-health aide for their aging parents, some people are training to become an aide themselves, reports The Arizona Republic. This can work out well, but there are some potential pitfalls to be wary of.

The Republic tells the story of one woman, Jessica Hutchison, who became a certified nursing assistant to help care for her grandmother. She felt taking the three-week course at the Arizona Medical Training Institute …Read more ›

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How In-Home Care Can Help Restore Family Roles

In-home care can change family dynamics—well, change them back.

An article in The Oregonian points out that in-home care doesn’t just benefit the aging parents who receive it. It also benefits their adult children. It can relieve stress and return their ability to be the kids again.

“Caregiver burnout happens to children. When you’re worried about your mom or dad being safe, you carry that around with you all day,” [Marybeth Jones, …Read more ›

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