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Tips for Comparing Online Information about Long-Term Care

When researching online information about long-term care, you want to know that what you're viewing is quality information. Websites offer comparative rankings and user reviews of everything from restaurants [more…]

Set Long-Term Care Planning in Motion

Advance care planning is one of those topics that tend to get postponed until there is a crisis, when the planning is no longer "in advance" but "right now. [more…]

Identify Warning Signs for Older Drivers

For older adults and their families, driving is often a flash point. When is it time to give up the keys? Waiting until there is a serious accident is not advisable. Most older drivers are safe drivers [more…]

A Home Fall Prevention Checklist for Older Adults

Long-term care planning has so many facets that it’s sometimes difficult to know where to start. One useful approach is to start with prevention. And in that broad category preventing falls is critical [more…]

Long-Term Care: How to Find Benefits for Older Adults

Many older adults are unaware that they may be eligible for a range of benefits, and it's not easy to find them one by one. BenefitsCheckUp, a free tool from the National Council on Aging, is a good place [more…]

Planning For Long-Term Care For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Planning for long-term care can be overwhelming. However, with a bit of forethought and a little investigation, you can breakdown long-term care planning into more manageable segments. Learn how to compare [more…]

Long-Term Care: How Good Use of Color Improves a Home's Safety and Accessibility

Your goal, while caring for an aging loved one, is to make her home both safe for her and accessible to her. In several ways, the colors used in her home can dramatically improve both. Fortunately, adding [more…]

How to Handle Your Online Life when Planning Your Estate

Traditional estate planning focuses on assets you can see, touch, or if needed, quickly turn into cash. But increasingly important parts of our lives exist in a cloud or at least on a computer. How can [more…]

How to Manage Mutliple Medications

Does the cabinet where your parent (or you) keeps pills, ointments, and inhalers look like a mini-pharmacy? Many people in need of long-term care (older people and those with chronic conditions) take a [more…]

Assess Your Own Needs as a Family Long-Term Caregiver

If you are a family caregiver and manage or direct the care of an older adult who has a chronic illness or disability, you may be so overwhelmed with this responsibility that you lose sight of your own [more…]

What Long-Term Care Looks Like around the World

What are other countries doing to provide — and pay for — long-term care for their aging populations? Although the answer varies, one aspect is consistent with the American experience: they are worrying [more…]

The Language of Healthcare and Long-Term Care

One way to overcome what sometimes seems an overwhelming power imbalance between professionals and lay people is to learn the language professionals speak. This is especially true in healthcare and long-term [more…]

Long Term Care: Federal and State Regulations

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Both the federal and state governments regulate long-term care services and facilities. The standards are set by agencies that pay for services, monitor quality [more…]

Planning for the Long Term Starts with You

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Long-term care is different for each individual and ideally should be tailored to a person's needs and preferences. Long-term care does not start with a place [more…]

How to Start Looking at Long-Term Care Choices

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You have become a member of a select group of people who are taking a big step toward a better future for yourself and your family. Most studies show that only [more…]

Navigating the Roadblocks of Long Term Care

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Aging is a reality, and so is long term care. And an undeniable part of that reality is that most people, especially those who live to an advanced age, will need [more…]

What is Changing about Long Term Care?

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Long-term care isn't what it used to be — and that's a good thing. There are many more options for living at home or in the community, where the vast majority [more…]

Insider Language about Long Term Care

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Long-term care has its own language, and the terms are constantly evolving. Those who are fluent in this language sometimes forget that newcomers to the field [more…]

How to Get Professional Advice on Long Term Care

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Among the people you may need to consult in making long-term care plans are professionals such as doctors, lawyers, and accountants. These professionals can help [more…]

What Are Your Long Term Care Needs?

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High among the list of characteristics to consider when planning your long-term care is your health and health behaviors. Although definitions of long-term care [more…]

Family, Friends, Professionals, and Your Long Term Care

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This list helps you to prepare for you long term care needs by asking for an inventory of the people in your life, what roles they play now, and how you would [more…]

Your Personality affects Your Long Term Care Choices

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You might have already looked at your health status and your available family resources in your planning for long-term care, but now take a clear look at your [more…]

Financial Considerations for Long Term Care Choices

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Money is the most sensitive issue relating to your long term care plans — not just how much you have but how you think about it. Here too the goal is not to make [more…]

Organize Your Research about Long Term Care

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When looking for options for long-term care, the three major routes are the Internet, phone, and personal visits. Often, you will be searching multiple sites, [more…]

Long Term Care: Federal Government Programs

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Federal agencies — primarily the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), but also other agencies such as the Administration for Community Living, the [more…]

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