Moving Tips for a Parent with Alzheimer’s

shutterstock_327514886Moving into a new home is always a stressful and time-consuming process. For many seniors, moving entails leaving their comfort zone and starting a new chapter of their life in a new community. For people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, moving can mean a terrifying and confusing change to their normal routine. (more…)

Making Peace with the Decision to Move Your Parents to Assisted Living

shutterstock_128133443Many people who’ve made the decision to move their loved ones to Assisted Living care attest to feeling a sense of guilt, doubt, and grief over the change. Most commonly, caregivers feel as if they’ve let their loved one down by moving them into an Assisted Living community. The feelings of responsibility often worsen if the loved one has difficulty adjusting to the lifestyle change or experiences …Read more ›

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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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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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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