I did not know how much my mom had deteriorated until my dad went into the hospital. Mom had seemed forgetful for awhile, but when dad was suddenly hospitalized one evening I learned that Mom’s problem was more than just a little forgetfulness. I went down to stay with her and for the first week dad was sick, I thought that she was just sad and frazzled because he was not around. However, when he passed away the next week, I learned that she had been relying on my dad to remember everything for years — even … Read the rest
Medicare: Neither Medicare Parts A nor B offer coverage for comprehensive ongoing long-term care. Medicare A (hospital insurance) may cover costs for a semiprivate room, meals, nursing and rehab services, medications, and medical supplies in a skilled nursing facility for the first 100 days after being released from hospitalization for an acute illness or injury. The first 20 days are covered at 80 percent, with the rest of that time period covered at decreasing rates. It never covers a private room nor services in an assisted living residence. Medicare B only offers reimbursement for covered services you receive from … Read the rest
Assisted living facilities are a great resource for elderly folk in need of extra care, but they are certainly not designed for everyone. If you have an elderly loved one that is adamantly opposed to living in such a safe setting, make sure that they are aware of all of the benefits that come with assisted living. You cannot force someone strongly against assisted living into a home in the vast majority of cases, so it will benefit you to know that there are good alternatives to assisted living available. You just need to know where … Read the rest
You may have heard the story about a 100 year old man who recently ran his car into 11 different people-9 of which were children. If you’re like most of us, this news story prompted a lot of thoughts about how to determine when someone is too old to continue driving. Unfortunately, there is no easy answer to something like this. Each individual ages a bit differently and someone unfit to drive at age 65 because of advanced Alzheimer’s disease will definitely be in a different profile than a very sharp 85 year old.
If you … Read the rest
What is Assisted Living?
Assisted living is defined as a long-term care option that combines housing, support services and health care, as needed. Assisted living is designed for individuals who require assistance with everyday activities such as meals, medication management or assistance, bathing, dressing and transportation. Some residents may have memory disorders including Alzheimer’s, or they may need help with mobility, incontinence or other challenges. Residents are assessed upon move in, or any time there is a change in condition. The assessment is used to develop an individual plan.
Assisted living is a residential alternative to nursing home care. According … Read the rest
Assisted Living for My Mom by Patricia Walter
Assisted Living, unfortunately, can be expensive, but it is a wonderful solution for a person that requires light care, but not a nursing home.
My Mom had many problems with 3 different nursing homes. In fact, she was asked to leave because she was not able to get along with her roommates. She was very aware and active, but many of the people she had for roommates were often bedridden or very sick. It does become very depressing being with very ill folks in the halls, in the dinning room and in … Read the rest