What Can I Do About Long Term Care?

Long term care is very expensive!

Long term care is very expensive. Few people are prepared for the cost when they determine they need care.  Fortunately, there are ways to deal with the bills even if you do not have much money.

Medicaid requires beneficiaries to spend all savings and other assets down to impoverishment before they will pay for care.… Read more...

How to Use Untaxed Dollars to Cover Long Term Care

You may have heard that Long Term Care insurance (LTCi) premiums can be tax deductible.  But (and there is always a but), there are restrictions.

LTCi premiums are fully deductible on your Wisconsin income taxes, regardless of whether you itemize taxes, how much or how little your taxes are, or whether you have enough other medical deductions.… Read more...

Most Retirees Concerned About LTC Costs

“Seventy-two percent of retirees are concerned about long-term care expenses for assisted living services, nursing home care and home healthcare, according to a new national survey, making such expenses the most frequently cited spending concern by respondents.” — T. Rowe Price

Will you need to move in with your children someday for care? 

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7 Myths About Caregiving Costs

7 Myths About Caregiving Costs

This article by Rachel Hartman was published on line by U.S. News & World Report on December 12, 2018.  It is an excellent overview of several common myths about caregiving costs.  The link to the article is here.

The financial aspects of caring for an aging loved one are often a grey area.… Read more...

Happy Holidays – How is Grandma?

Happy Holidays! How is Grandma?

While your family was together at Thanksgiving, was there evidence that older family members are not taking care of themselves as well as they could be or used to?

Perhaps your loved one is not driving as much as before, or perhaps should not be driving at all.… Read more...

What’s it Really Like Paying for Long-Term Care

What’s it Really Like Paying for Long-Term Care?

As written by Michelle Singletary and published in the Washington Post on November 26, 2018

One of my favorite Spock quotes from the Star Trek television series is, “Live long and prosper.” Who doesn’t want a long life, right?

But what if the longevity means spending down your money for long-term care?… Read more...

Who is Going to Pay for Your Funeral?

Who is Going to Pay for Your Funeral?

Asking who is going to pay for your funeral might seem like a silly question–you probably have money in savings, a vehicle, a house, even life insurance.  There should be plenty of money to pay this bill, right?

The problem is, you are gone, so now who has access to your assets?

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Observations from a Recent Hospital Stay

Why are CNAs moving from (LTC) Long-Term Care Facilities to Hospitals?

Recently, I was an inpatient in a hospital after having surgery.  While there, I visited with a number of nurses and CNAs (certified nursing assistants) while they were caring for me.   Nearly every one of the CNAs had started their careers in a long-term care (LTC) facility.… Read more...

Financial abuse against the elderly most often committed by those closest to them

Two-thirds of financial crimes against the elderly are committed by those who are closest to the victims!

Quote: “While 68% of older investors believe that a stranger would be the likely perpetrator of financial exploitation against them, the reality is starkly different, according to Wells Fargo & Co., which released the results of its elder needs survey on Tuesday morning.… Read more...