There are many veterans benefits provided to those who gave years of service to the U.S. Military. These include medical care and pension benefits connected to a service-related disability, and also “improved pension” for Veterans, their survivors, and widows. [Read more…]
Probates can be expensive. Typically, your surviving spouse, son, daughter, or friend will not be able to handle a probate by themselves. [Read more…]
I had originally written that the golden rule of estate planning was that you cannot take it with you. If that is true, then do you see a problem? [Read more…]
A power of attorney is an essential part of estate planning and long term care planning, the origin of which goes back centuries. In the state of Washington, the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 11.94 provides some of the basic rules about powers of attorney. [Read more…]
As we have discussed in earlier blogs, it is always a goal for ourselves and our loved ones to remain independent within our own home for as long as possible. [Read more…]
Falls Among Older Adults: An Overview
Each year, one in every three adults age 65 and older falls. Falls can cause moderate to severe injuries, such as hip fractures and head injuries, and can increase the risk of early death. Fortunately, falls are a public health problem that is largely preventable.
How big is the problem? [Read more…]
Although many of us feel that nursing home placement will never be an option for ourselves or our loved ones, there may come a time when skilled nursing care truly is the best and only option for our care needs. The vast number of nursing home facilities today offer a wide range of services and amenities that [Read more…]
This is a 3 part series (click here to return to Caring for a Loved One: Part 1 | Part 2 )
Communication is important.
The next step to being a proficient caregiver is to have good communication between you and your loved one. Communication skills help caregivers to adapt to changing circumstances by enabling them to get and share information, ask questions, and stay connected to the other individuals involved. [Read more…]
Veterans and survivors who are eligible for a VA pension and require the aid and attendance of another person, or are housebound, may be eligible for supplementary payments in addition to their regular monthly pension. Housebound and Aid & Attendance benefits can help to cover the cost of in-home care, assisted living, or a nursing home. [Read more…]