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Long-Term Care and Financial Powers of Attorney

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If you need to step in to help take care of an older person’s finances while planning their long-term care, an alternative to holding a joint bank account is [more…]

Long-Term Care: Settling Your Estate with Probate

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Settling your estate and designing your will is part of your long-term care planning. Probate is a word that is often preceded in advice columns by [more…]

Long-Term Care Planning and Estate Taxes

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“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” So said Benjamin Franklin in 1789. And in the administration of estates after a person's [more…]

Long-Term Care Planning: Establishing a Trust

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A trust sets aside certain assets or an amount of money for another person. It allows money to be disbursed over time rather than as a lump sum both before and [more…]

Long-Term Care Planning: Pros and Cons of Living Trusts

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In many families, even when planning the long-term care of a loved one, money is a taboo topic. Talking about bank accounts, wills, or trusts happens only when [more…]

Long-Term Care Planning: Guardianship

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While many people planning their long-term care see the value of living trusts, online wills, and other financial instruments; guardianship has few advocates [more…]

Find the Right Specialist to Manage Long-Term Care

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Aging is a normal process, not a disease. But older people are more likely to have conditions that affect their ability to manage day-to-day life on their own [more…]

How to Find a Geriatrician for Long-Term Care

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If, for whatever reason, you are looking for a new doctor in your long-term care planning, try finding a qualified geriatrician. But it's not as easy as it sounds [more…]

Long-Term Care: Emergencies and Non-Emergencies

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Emergency departments (EDs) are often the first stage of a hospital stay for older people. Most people still call them [more…]

Long-Term Care: Navigating Hospitals

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Nobody likes having to go to the hospital, but it is a necessary factor in the long-term equation. Often times, elder people utilize the hospital as a go-to solution [more…]

Long-Term Care Planning: Hospital Stays

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Hospitalization for an elective (planned) surgery for an older adult is in theory easier than an admission through the ED because you have time to get ready. [more…]

Long-Term Care Planning and Prescription Drugs

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Here are some suggestions for safely planning prescription and non-prescription drugs as part of your long-term care planning. Older people take a lot of medications [more…]

Long-Term Care and Questions about Prescription Drugs

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Your long-term care plans could include plans for managing prescription drugs. Given the well-known and serious risks of polypharmacy in older adults, it is not [more…]

Long-Term Care: Many Varieties of Home Care

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Home care sounds simple, doesn't it? Many people think of home care as having an all-purpose assistant/homemaker/aide who spends the whole day [more…]

Long-Term Care Services from a Home Care Agency

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Having the right kind of health care help at home can make a significant difference in an older person's quality of life and ability to remain in familiar surroundings [more…]

Different Kinds of Home Care Agencies

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Long term care can include different kinds of home care agencies for you or your loved one. The definition of services is mirrored in the different types of home [more…]

How to Choose a Home Health Care Agency

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Many people do not investigate long-term home care agencies until they have a crisis. Often the crisis involves a hospitalization. The hospital discharge plan [more…]

Medicare's Rules for Eligibility for Home Healthcare Services

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Medicare has been the single largest payer of home healthcare services, although Medicaid is catching up. Medicare home healthcare services are largely home health [more…]

Long-Term Care Planning and Medicaid Home Care

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Medicaid provides long-term services and supports for low-income older adults and people with disabilities. Since the beginning of Medicaid in 1965, most of these [more…]

Long-Term Care: Hiring Home Care Workers

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After formal home care services end, or even before, many people turn to hiring home care workers themselves and paying them privately. The benefits include being [more…]

Long-Term Care: Home Care Aides

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Compared to nurses or physical therapists, home care aides typically will spend more time with you or your parent or other relative. To help make the arrangement [more…]

Long-Term Care Provided by Family or Friends

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After trying to navigate the maze of home care services and insurance requirements, some people say, “Why can't I just get paid for taking care of my parent?” [more…]

Long-Term Care Planning: Doctor Home Visits

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A doctor making a home visit for a patient’s long-term care? That may sound like a scene from a 1940s movie, but in fact the number of doctors who see patients [more…]

Long-Term Care and Nursing Home Basics

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Surely, moving permanently to a nursing home is at the bottom of most people's wish list. Most people have other long-term care options for care at home and in [more…]

Long-Term Care: From Hospital to Rehab

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More than 60 percent of nursing-home admissions come directly from hospitals, so it's not surprising that most people face the decision about entering a nursing [more…]

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