Monthly Archives: September 2013

#ElderCareChat 9/18/13 Recap: Innovative Lifelong Learning Programs

Review highlights of this week's conversation about lifelong learning programs.This week, 34 chat participants filled the Twitter feed with fresh ideas, savvy solutions, keen suggestions and thoughtful perspectives on lifelong learning programs for older adults.

The live forum kicked off with a mention of our July 2012 post, What the Sandwich Generation Wants in Senior Housing, which revealed that retired boomers desire “to …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 9/4/13 Recap: Managing Resistance to Care & Help

Get discussion highlights from this week's live Twitter forum about managing resistance to care and help.This week, 33 chat participants shared their own personal and professional experiences with managing resistance to care and help, both from the caregiver’s point of view to that of the person needing care or help. From fear and shame, to stubbornness and pride, to generational attitudes and cultural differences, …Read more ›

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The Medicaid Option That Can Pay Family Caregivers

Caregiving for a parent can be costly—especially if you quit your job to do it. But there are a few ways family caregivers can actually get paid for their caregiving work.

We published an article about this here. But recently, the syndicated Savvy Senior column also went over some options. For some people, one is Medicaid:

In 15 states, Medicaid offers a Cash & Counseling program (see …Read more ›

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Do In-Home Care Agencies Have to Be Licensed?

When you’re looking for an in-home care agency, should you check their certification or licensing? Well, only if the state requires it. And 27 do, reports The New Old Age in a recent post, citing a 2011 report from the Private Duty Homecare Association.

The post is about a debate in California over licensing, regulating and unionizing in-home care agencies and workers. Some say more regulation is needed …Read more ›

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Tip to Avoid Hefty Nursing Home Bill After Hospital Stay

Sometimes after a hospital stay, Medicare beneficiaries are sent to a nursing home for short-term rehabilitation. And sometimes, they’re charged for that nursing home stay.

Though Medicare doesn’t pay for long-term care in a nursing home, it does cover limited post-hospital rehab in one—if the patient was actually admitted to the hospital. Some are instead admitted under “observation status”—and may not realize it.

“Medicare requires a beneficiary to spend three ‘in-patient’ nights in a hospital before …Read more ›

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Veterans Sue Retirement Community for Alleged Deceptive Practices

A retirement community deceptively enticed some veterans and their spouses to move into units they couldn’t afford, claim four residents in a lawsuit they’ve filed in Oregon.

According to Courthouse News Service, the plaintiffs allege that Holiday Retirement told them they’d “receive Aid and Attendance benefits from the VA within a short period of time and in an amount that would substantially offset the rents charged by Holiday.”

“Despite portraying that it was …Read more ›

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Getting Ready for Assisted Living Week

On September 8th, seniors, community members, volunteers, employees and families across the country will celebrate National Assisted Living Week 2013. It’s that time again: on September 8th, seniors, community members, volunteers, employees and families across the country will celebrate National Assisted Living Week 2013. A theme of Homemade Happiness provides the focal point for the week’s events and activities, one that emphasizes the …Read more ›

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Legal Option When You Need Time Off Work for Caregiving

Labor Day turns our thoughts to working caregivers. More and more people are juggling jobs with caring for aging parents, and employers are taking notice.

Nonetheless, not all companies provide help for employees who need to take off work for caregiving. But, “Even if a company doesn’t offer much flexibility, there are some options,” the blog points out.

The Family Medical Leave Act is usually associated with leave related to the birth or adoption of a …Read more ›

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