Category Archives: general

Paying For Long-Term Senior Care: What Medicare Or Private Health Insurance Does And Doesn’t Cover

Many people falsely think Medicare, or their health insurance, is going to pay for home care, or assisted living, or nursing home care when they become seniors and must have some assistance to live independently. The fact is that neither private health insurance nor Medicare covers the cost of long-term in-home services you or your […]

Staying Safe During COVID.. Important Things To Remember

The situation around the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is changing rapidly. While it’s still true that the best way to stay safe is to limit your interactions with other people as much as possible and take precautions to prevent getting COVID-19 when you do interact with others, there are a few important things to remember. Do […]

What Older Adults Can Do To Manage Medications

There are several steps you can take to lower your chances of overmedication and negative reactions to medicines. Keep the following tips in mind for safe medication use. Always ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist if you have any questions about your medications. Make a list Keep a list of all of the medications you […]

How Family Caregivers Can Keep Loved Ones Safe as Stay-at-Home Orders Lift

Consider expert guidance and move forward at your own pace by Barry J. Jacobs, AARP, May 27, 2020 Shirley felt unsettled after ending the call with her adult son, Kyle. He had talked excitedly about their state’s announcement that the stay-at-home order had been lifted and that residents could assemble if they adhered to social distancing. He, his […]

Safety Tips For Older Drivers

Many older adults can drive safely well into their 80’s, or even beyond. However, since various physical issues linked to aging can interfere with safe driving, it’s important that older drivers—and the people who care for them—evaluate their needs to keep them safe while they’re on the road. Tips and resources for safe older drivers Seat […]

How to Make A Home Safe For Your Aging Parent

Small changes — and big ones, too — can be put in place to accommodate your loved one by Sharon Jayson, AARP, October 28, 2019 With loved ones living longer and needing more care, many families struggle with the best way to help an aging relative. Adapting your home to accommodate another’s needs is a step […]

Dividing and Conquering: How to Put Together a Caregiving Team for Your Aging Loved Ones

The majority of seniors say that they would prefer to “age in place”—by growing old in the homes they love. But when the time comes for your loved one to get extra help, how do you go about the complicated task of figuring out how much assistance they need? Luckily, there’s a process for this. […]

Coordinating your care: What’s the difference between a care manager and a patient healthcare advocate?

As seniors get older, their care needs increase. By the time a patient begins qualifying for senior care services like nursing homes, adult day care, or in-home care, their healthcare plans become comprehensive, ranging from help with housework, to daily caregiving to help to coordinating doctor’s visits and running their household. Coordinating those moving pieces […]