Family-Provided Care Can Work–Sometimes

Family-Provided Care Can Work--Sometimes

The September, 2021 issue of the journal Health Affairs features a study that family-provided care (spouse or adult children) for dementia greatly diminishes the chances that the individual will need to enter a nursing home. However, full time caregiving will burn out the support team.… Read more...

Why Can’t I Spend my Money on Fun?

Why Can't I Spend
 my Money on Fun?

A recent Wall Street Journal cartoon featured a gentleman visiting his financial planner.  In the cartoon, he asks the planner, “Why can’t I spend some of my money on fun now?”

Often, retired people are afraid to spend money on fun or travel because they fear the catastrophic costs they would face if one of them needs long term care (LTC).… Read more...

Why Medicaid Long Term Care is a Bad Choice

What Can I Do About Long Term Care

Many people don’t realize that, in addition to traditional health care, Medicaid actually pays for most long-term care (LTC) in the United States.  In fact, less than 40% of Medicaid dollars are used to pay for traditional health care.  The small portion of Medicaid recipients (just over 20%) whose long-term care services are paid for by Medicaid use over 60% of the Medicaid budget dollars.… 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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Immigration Problem, or Caregiver Problem?

Immigrant Worker Shortage

From the Washington Post

BOSTON — After back-to-back, eight-hour shifts at a chiropractor’s office and a rehab center, Nirva arrived outside an elderly woman’s house just in time to help her up the front steps.  Nirva took the woman’s arm as she hoisted herself up, one step at a time, taking breaks to ease the pain in her hip.… Read more...

Think You Are Too Young To Worry About LTC? Think Again!

I just read that the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says “The percentage of adults aged 45 to 64 years who reported needing help with activities of daily living such as eating, bathing, dressing, or getting around inside their residences has increased nearly 50% from 2000 to 2015. … Read more...

Inflation and Long Term Care

I am continuously appalled to find insurance agents offering Long Term Care  (LTC) insurance products that contain no 5% automatic, built in inflation on the amount the policy will pay when care is needed.  LTC insurance is purchased while still healthy enough to obtain it, and may not be used for 30 or more years.… Read more...

Hiring Help For Mom

Reprinted from the Washington Post Carolyn Hax column

On Abruptly Facing An Elderly Relative’s Need For Care

I sometimes supplement my income by senior-sitting those in need of temporary help.  Recently, a family offered me a position to live 24/7 in their mother’s home as her aide, caregiver, housekeeper, cook, laundress, hairdresser, chauffeur, med-tech, and personal care provider. … Read more...