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…]
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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…]
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How to determine the type of care needed:
Sometimes a sudden change in a loved one’s physical or mental ability does not allow time for extensive planning. This is why thinking ahead and creating a care plan is crucial. It is important to explore all the options that are available in order to make a choice that will be acceptable to all parties involved. [Read more…]
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What is a Caregiver?
If you provide assistance to someone who is disabled or who needs help with day-to-day activities because of an accident, a chronic condition, or cognitive disability, you are a caregiver. However, the definition of a caregiver is a broad one. Shopping for groceries, providing transportation to doctor appointments, and helping an aging parent with finances are also all examples of caregiving. Today, more than 65 million Americans are caregivers. [Read more…]
Aid & Attendance
If you are a wartime veteran or the spouse of a veteran, you might benefit from an under-used, special monthly pension benefit called “Aid and Attendance”. The Aid & Assistance program benefits eligible veterans who have in-home care or who live in nursing-homes or assisted-living facilities. This program helps elderly veterans and surviving spouses whose incomes are above the congressionally mandated legal limit for a VA pension by offering special monthly Aid and Attendance benefits for large medical expenses, including nursing home expenses.
If you are now responsible for your own or a loved one’s long term care, you might be feeling overwhelmed. What is home care compared to home health? Assisted Living Facility but with a “memory care unit?” Our firm can help. We emphasize long-term care planning, estate planning, veterans benefits planning, probate and more. We strive to help seniors plan for long term care and protect their assets against the high cost of long-term care and remain independent for as long as possible.
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Today’s health care system is complex and often frustrating. As you move through the system from physicians to hospitals to long-term care, it is essential that you ensure that information regarding your condition and care is communicated along the way. [Read more…]
About one-third of those over 65 need help with daily tasks like eating, bathing, and paying bills. [Read more…]
When choosing an Assisted Living Facility (ALF), my clients often make decisions based solely upon amenities, location or the pet policy. Too rarely, attention is paid to the lease agreement. In most cases, residents sign a contract to rent an apartment with additional features such as prepared meals, activities and transportation. Care services are added to the base rent.
Unfortunately, [Read more…]