Tag Archives: cost
February 12th, 2015 | 1
Alzheimer’s is a cruel disease and certainly Alzheimers care is no easy task. I experienced it first hand in the final stages of my grandfather’s life. Sometimes he would be gentle and sweet. Other times he would be cruel to the point of causing great fear to my grandmother. When she passed, he couldn’t remember where she went. In those brief moments of clarity, he would remember that she was no longer alive and would start the grieving process all over again.
By no means is my story rare or my family’s struggle unique. More than 5 million Americans are plagued by this disease and one in three seniors ends up dying with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. Anyone who has tried to care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s knows that you can only fight for so long before you need to call on outside help.Continue Reading
August 26th, 2014 | 0
Caregivers tend to work long hours in mentally, physically, and emotionally demanding situations. Tending to a loved one who needs full time care undoubtedly takes its toll so respite care isn’t necessarily an option, but a much needed break to rejuvenate and refresh.
Respite care usually means that a senior is placed short term in a facility for some social time or to give their caregiver a break. It benefits both parties and should be an option that is seriously considered for their well-being.Continue Reading
September 23rd, 2013 | 0
Transitioning an elderly parent to an assisted living facility is often the right move for older adults that need regular medical attention and can no longer care for themselves in the fashion that they used to. However, for many children with elderly parents, the transition can be particularly confusing for a variety of reasons.
While it may take some time for your parent to adjust to assisted living, you need to do everything you can to prepare before moving day. Being prepared will make the transition easier for your parent and you, and it can ease some of the uncertainty that’s very typical when moving an elderly adult into an assisted living facility.Continue Reading
September 19th, 2013 | 1
Recently the Washington Post’s health policy columnist Sarah Kliff waded into the muddy waters of hospital disclosures. Kliff had heard that North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory had signed legislation requiring the state’s hospitals to publish the rates for the services they’ve negotiated with insurance companies.
That indeed would be a big step and builds on Medicare’s release earlier this year of what hospitals charge the government to treat Medicare beneficiaries. Surprise, surprise! The data show huge differences among hospitals even in the same city, a phenomenon well documented in the academic literature.Continue Reading
November 2nd, 2012 | 1
This post originally appeared here: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203937004578079184108523030.html?mod=googlenews_wsj#project=INVESTOR1027&articleTabs=article and was published by The Wall Street Journal.
Andee St. John is searching for an assisted-living facility near Columbia, S.C., for her 69-year-old mother, who was hospitalized recently after several falls. But finding the place with the right combination of price, amenities and services has been difficult.
So far, Ms. St. John has consulted with a financial adviser, a geriatric social worker and an elder-law attorney as part of her research.
“It’s been very eye-opening,” Ms. St. John says. “You don’t just pay one fee a month for assisted living. There are all these different add-ons.”
A growing number of families are wrestling with the same dilemma: rising costs for long-term care and a mind-boggling array of options.
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