Nursing Home: When Is It Time?

Talking with your elderly parent or grandparent about health care is tough.  Especially when the talk revolves around a possible admission to the nursing home. It is everyone’s hope to stay at home for the duration of their lives. But sometimes changing health conditions, declining physical ability or dementia make even the most  comfortable home a …

Medicare: Patient Outcomes More Important The Ever

The Healthcare industry is undergoing a historic change. The Affordable Care Act has completely changed the way healthcare companies define success. It is no longer good enough to provide quality healthcare, healthcare systems are now judged by how well the patient does after discharge. Regulatory agencies now judge “successful” treatment by whether or not the …

New Nursing Home Compare Ratings Are Great For Healthcare Consumers

For those looking for a nursing home, Medicare.gov has a great service.  It’s called Nursing Home Compare and it rates local nursing homes by using a five start system. It uses several criteria to determine the rating including claims and inspection data.  Now the system is adding some new criteria to the ratings.  Outcomes. The …

How To Avoid The Veterans Benefit Crunch

A little known benefit for those who have served our country is the Aide and Attendance benefit.  This benefit is designed to pay for on-going long-term care costs that could mean the difference between a veteran staying at home or going to the nursing home. Most veterans don’t realize they qualify for this benefit that could provide …

The Benefits Of Elder Care Coordination

The senior healthcare continuum is a face-paced and ever changing service. The doctors, nurses and social workers work very hard to provide great service but don’t often have time to effectively explain care to elderly patients and their family. An Elder Care Coordinator is an advocate for seniors and their families that stands with them …

Staying At Home: A Case Study

When evaluating long-term care options most people eliminate the possibility of home care because of the potential cost. With rates ranging for $17 to $25 an hour, it’s easy to understand why people would lean toward more traditional forms of long-term care like nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Adding to the perception that home …

Life Care Planning: A Plan For Life

Most people have a picture about what their life will be like when they retire. Relaxing in their favorite place, surrounded by their favorite people without the day to say stress of having to work.  Some lucky people are able to realize their dream retirement but health problems, fluctuations in financial resources and family issues cause most of …