Nursing Homes (SNF)

  • 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 amenities may be great, but this checklist of essentials can clue you in to the subtler indicators of a quality community.

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  • Moving Into a Nursing Home: A Checklist

    When moving an aging loved one to a nursing home, it is difficult to determine which belongings they should bring, which ones they must purge and what you are willing to keep. Use this guide to prepare for the transition.

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  • Family FAQ: Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Facilities

    When a senior must go to a skilled nursing facility for rehabilitation following a surgery or hospital stay, it’s important for family members to understand the care transition, the new care plan and the rehab facility’s discharge criteria.

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  • Medicaid versus Medicare: Who Covers Nursing Home Costs?

    While both Medicare and Medicaid may cover all or part of the costs of a nursing home stay, there are important differences to the rules. Determine which program will pay for your aging loved one's stay in a skilled nursing facility.

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  • Senior Rehab: Medicare Coverage of Skilled Nursing Facility Stays

    Medicare pays for senior rehabilitation in a skilled nursing facility, but only for a limited time and under certain circumstances. Be aware of Medicare’s rules for rehab coverage to avoid costly surprises.

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  • Who’s Who in Skilled Nursing: Staff Caregivers Should Get To Know

    When moving into a skilled nursing facility the care team can be confusing for seniors and their family members. Learn who on the staff you should get to know and who's responsible for which aspects of senior care.

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  • What’s the Difference Between Skilled Nursing Care and a Nursing Home?

    The terms skilled nursing facility (SNF) and nursing home are used interchangeably to describe residential long-term care settings for seniors. Skilled nursing care, as a service, can be provided by a home health aide in a senior's home.

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  • Checklist: How to Find the Best Nursing Home for a Senior

    Choosing a nursing home for a senior is a difficult process. Use this checklist to ensure you ask all the important questions while touring skilled nursing facilities and to help you find the right fit for your aging loved one.

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  • “I Promised My Parents I'd Never Put Them in a Nursing Home”

    Many family caregivers vow to never place their aging parents or spouses in a nursing home. But when their needs increase and caring for them at home becomes a struggle, a promise that was made in good faith often becomes a source of guilt and contention.

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  • Evaluating Senior Living Options

    As an elder’s care needs change over time, so will their housing options. Understand the differences between independent living, assisted living and nursing homes when deciding a senior's future housing plan.

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  • What Caregivers Need to Know About C. Difficile

    C. diff infections are on the rise in hospitals and nursing homes, and ill seniors are particularly vulnerable to this persistent bug. Use these best hygiene and antibiotic practices to keep your loved one and yourself healthy.

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  • How to Set Up a Miller Trust for Medicaid Eligibility

    A senior’s income and assets must fall below certain limits to qualify for long-term care Medicaid. “Income cap” states allow applicants to use a Miller Trust to help them meet income eligibility guidelines.

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  • A Typical Day in a Senior Rehab Facility

    After being hospitalized seniors are often prescribed a stay at an inpatient rehabilitation facility to help them get back on their feet. While the focus of their stay is rehabilitation, the services provided by a skilled nursing facility are not limited to therapy.

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  • A Caregiver's Guilt

    Trying to please someone with memory issues can seem like a losing battle. Many caregivers bend over backwards for their loved ones only to have their efforts fail or fall short. Sometimes the guilt feels overwhelming.

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  • Scabies: A Common Skin Condition in Long-Term Care Facilities

    Scabies is a common skin condition in long-term care facilities like nursing homes and assisted living communities. The resulting rash can be extremely uncomfortable, and may take multiple rounds of treatment to get rid of the parasites.

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  • Hospital Observation Status Can Be Financially Devastating for Seniors

    When a senior is hospitalized, it’s crucial to find out whether they’ve been admitted as an inpatient or registered as an outpatient under observation. This governs whether Medicare will cover their hospital bills and care in a skilled nursing facility.

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  • Understanding the Medicaid Look-Back Period and Penalty Period

    Seniors with limited income and assets must use a spend-down strategy to qualify for Medicaid, but gifting can trigger a penalty period of ineligibility. Learn about Medicaid’s asset transfer rules to avoid problems with paying for long-term care.

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  • Seniors and Sex: Elder Care Facilities Attempt to Tackle Taboos

    A healthy sex life is important for all adults, and becomes even more essential as a person gets older, but sexually active seniors aren't often offered enough educational or emotional support from the elder care facilities where they live or society in general.

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  • 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.

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  • How Reverse Mortgages Affect Medicaid

    Seniors are pitched the benefits of a reverse mortgage as a way to "unlock" the equity in their home. However, what happens when they need a higher level of care, can no longer live in the home or try to qualify for Medicaid?

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