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Archive for Nursing home

Medicaid or Medicare?

Medicare and Medicaid sound the same, but they are very different. Few people realize the limitations of Medicare—which winds up costing them a substantial loss of dignity if or when they get hit with long term care expenses.  Medicare is…

Nursing Home Contracts

Nursing Home Contracts–Do’s and Don’ts   THE DO’s DO make sure that the agreement includes a clear statement of what services are included in the home’s basic daily rate.  DO include a list of charges for any items not included…

Dealing with Nursing Home Disputes

 Anytime that you place a loved one in the care of others, there is always room for disagreement.  Some disagreements are not much more than a difference in opinion or a misunderstanding, others are relatively severe and cause for demanding…

Personal Care Contracts

     A good way to reduce a parent’s countable assets when trying to qualify for Medicaid nursing home benefits is by having the child charge the parent for caregiving services provided.  A child or other family member is permitted to contract…

Vitamin D’s Impact on Falls

     It should come as no surprise that falls are the leading cause of serious injuries in older patients. According to the American Geriatrics Society, each year about one third of Americans aged 65 and older fall, leading to hospitalizations,…

Continuing Care Retirement Communities

A “CCRC” is a Continuing Care Retirement Community, the most comprehensive retirement living option available to seniors in America today. A CCRC combines the services of an independent living retirement community with an assisted-living facility and a nursing home at a…

Medicare and Nursing Home Care

     Many seniors mistakenly believe that Medicare covers nursing home stays. In fact, Medicare’s coverage for nursing home care is quite limited. Medicare only provides up to 100 days of “skilled nursing care” per illness, and there are a number…