Long Term Care Articles
Choosing a Long-Term Care Facility: Tips from a Certified Nursing Assistant
On senior living tours, guides often direct your attention to the shiny features they’re proudest of. These offerings may be great, but it is crucial to use an evidence-based method to determine the quality of care your loved one will receive.1 Comment
When Is It Time to Place a Loved One with Dementia in a Long-Term Care Facility?
Family members often struggle with decisions regarding memory care. There is no downside to placing a senior with dementia in a facility too soon, however there are many consequences of waiting too long.40 Comments
4 Steps for Successful Long-Term Care Planning With a Spouse
As a couple, facing the financial and emotional requirements of long-term care is a challenge. Here are the four steps to successful long-term care planning with a spouse.1 Comment
How to Legally Force a Loved One to Move to a Senior Living Facility
What is a caregiver to do when a senior is no longer safe living at home but refuses to consider moving to long-term care? Guardianship is a tool that allows adult children to make decisions on behalf of an aging parent when competency is in question.51 Comments
Senior Housing Options for Dementia Patients
Deciding what type of long-term care an aging loved one needs is far more complex when dementia is a factor. Explore senior housing options and the limitations of each when considering the appropriate level of care for a senior with dementia.14 Comments
Using a Reverse Mortgage Loan to Age in Place
A reverse mortgage loan is one option that may deserve consideration as retirement needs grow and savings and Social Security benefits may not be enough to retire on comfortably and with confidence.0 Comments
How to Pay for Long-Term Care
Families often struggle to find funds for their loved ones’ care, but adequate planning and awareness of all available options can make a world of difference in paying for long term care.6 Comments
When to Apply for Medicaid
Medicaid can help with long-term care costs, but eligibility is determined by a combination of many factors. The rising cost of care makes planning in advance a priority when considering paying for senior care costs.7 Comments
Top 5 Strategies for Protecting Your Money from Medicaid
Many aging adults must apply for Medicaid in order to afford long-term care. Here are some strategies for preserving some of your wealth while qualifying for financial assistance.20 Comments
How to Use a Life Insurance Policy to Pay for Long-Term Care
Unsure about how you will be able to pay for elder care? Learn how to convert your life insurance policy into a Medicaid-qualified asset.23 Comments
Short- and Long-Term In-Home Care
Whether Dad needs help around the house for a few weeks after he’s discharged from the hospital or Mom requires around-the-clock dementia care, in-home care can meet both short- and long-term needs.7 Comments
What’s the Difference Between Skilled Nursing and a Nursing Home?
Nursing Homes are skilled nursing facilities for seniors. The terms skilled nursing facility (SNF) and nursing home are often used interchangeably. Skilled nursing, as a service, can actually be provided in a few senior care settings.5 Comments
VA Aid & Attendance Pension Helps Veterans Cover the Costs of Long-Term Care
A tax-free monetary benefit from the VA can help low-income veterans who require the aid and attendance of another person pay for care services in their own homes and in residential settings like assisted living facilities and nursing homes.29 Comments
How to Take a "Vacation" From a Long-Term Care Facility
The specific rules of non-medical leave depend upon who is paying for a resident’s care. Avoid costly mistakes by learning about the different policies nursing homes put in place.0 Comments
Exploring Our Long-Term Care Options
Family Caregiver Blog: Charlie and I just visited a local assisted living facility to see whether it might be a viable housing option for us in the future. We were shocked.15 Comments
Seniors Behaving Badly in Long-Term Care Facilities
It’s impossible to anticipate how a senior may interact with other residents and staff in settings like assisted living facilities and nursing homes, but staff should be prepared to handle difficult interpersonal issues and defuse tensions.9 Comments
What are caregivers' top concerns regarding long-term care and financial planning?
Caregivers want objective advice and guidance. Long-term care is a major life decision, so understandably, caregivers have a long list of concerns: navigating the complex long-term care landscape, paying for care and choosing the right care top the list.1 Comment
How do you talk to elderly parents about finances and long-term care?
Talking to aging parents about future decisions regarding elder care and medical directives is a conversation that families often avoid.6 Comments
Can assisted living evict mom if long-term care benefits expire?
A nursing home or assisted living can evict an elderly parent who doesn't pay.0 Comments
Answers to Questions About Medicaid Paying for Long-Term Care
70% of people over 65 will need long-term care services. Here are answers to some of the most common questions regarding Medicaid and paying for long-term care.3 Comments