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What to Look for in a Nursing Home

What to look for in a nursing home

What to look for in a nursing homeAfter careful consideration, your family has reached the decision that a skilled nursing facility is the best care option for your aging parent. Now that you’ve made that decision, you have another important decision to make: how to find the best nursing home to suit your parent’s needs. …Read more ›

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How to Select a Nursing Home in a Crisis

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nursing homeWhat do you do when your parents are in sudden need of a dramatic increase in care?

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Visiting Your Loved One in Assisted Living or a Nursing Home

visitingFamily members are often uncertain about the protocol for visiting their loved ones at an assisted living community or skilled nursing facility. They may wonder when, how long and how often should they visit, and what they should do when there. Every situation is different, but these tips and guidelines can help make the time spent visiting a loved one as pleasant and worthwhile as possible. …Read more ›

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5 Ways to Be an Effective Advocate for Your Senior Loved One

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senior advocacyMany of us stumble into the role of advocate without any prior knowledge of the senior care landscape. And because we are not professional advocates or caregivers, it can be difficult to make our voices heard in a setting like a hospital, nursing home, or other senior community. So how can we as adult children (and other family members) make sure our loved ones …Read more ›

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Managing a Senior Health Crisis: What to Ask Before Leaving the Hospital

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discharge planningWhen crisis happens, we’re often caught off guard. Perhaps your mom fell at home and broke her hip, or your uncle suffered a heart attack in the nursing home. They are rushed to the hospital, and then discharged after a few days of acute care. But what happens when they arrive back at home or their senior living community and are unprepared for life …Read more ›

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Protecting Seniors’ Financial Assets for Future Generations

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protect financial assetsMy grandmother is 90 years old and lives in a nursing home. She worked her whole life and amassed a decent amount of wealth, only to have most of it drained away in her years in independent living, then assisted living, and now in a nursing home with dementia care.

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What You Need to Know About VA Nursing Homes

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VA nursing homesWhen you’ve given years of your life in service to your country, you hope your country will return the favor when you need it most. Though quality services are available to veterans who require skilled nursing care, demand often outstrips supply. The key, says Mark D. Miller, CEO of @home approach, is to start the process well before the need arises.

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#ElderCareChat 2/18/15 Recap: Legal Issues in Eldercare, Part 2

Review exclusive insights and advice from our guest expert, Certified Elder Law Attorney Howard Krooks, in this #ElderCareChat recap post. During Wednesday’s live discussion, 47 attendees dialogued about legal issues in eldercare. Joining the conversation to add his expert insights was Howard “Howie” Krooks of Elder Law Associates PA, Esq., CELA, CAP, and the Immediate President of the National …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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Nursing Home Report Card: 10 States Ace, 11 Fail

Is your state on the list?

Families for Better Care, a nonprofit elder advocacy group, has graded states on their nursing home care. Some are doing well; others, not so much.

The grades are “based on 2012 federal data combining staffing, inspections, deficiencies and complaints,” CBS News reports.

States that got As: Alaska, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Hawaii, Oregon, Maine, Utah, Idaho, South Dakota and North Dakota.

States that got Fs: Texas, Louisiana, Indiana, …Read more ›

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