Anger was not an emotion I expected to feel while providing elder care. As I wrote in the previous post I got along well with my father-in-law .
The physical aspect of elder care, bathing, dressing, feeding, transportation can be made routine. You can find shortcuts or get help to make it easier on yourself. The negative emotional aspects of anger, frustration, isolation, and guilt are more difficult to deal with. These emotions creep up on you, complicate your life and your care [...]
How To Pick The Right Rehabilitation Facility After a stay of at least three days in a hospital Medicare will pay up to twenty days in a live-in rehabilitation facility for your loved one (LO). His/her supplemental insurance should pay for up to an additional eighty days. The following is why and how you should [...]
Now that the surgery is over your loved one (LO) will go to his/her room upon leaving the recovery room. Picking the right accommodation means getting a private room.
You can help your loved one (LO) get a better outcome by eliminating as many complications as possible.
When it comes to picking the right doctor your geriatrician is probably going to be your best source. If the procedure is a routine one that should be fine. When you talk to the surgeon before the procedure be sure you bring a notebook, ask plenty of questions about the procedure, the potential outcomes, and [...]
If you are caring for an elderly parent with chronic conditions chances are that at some point they will be staying in a hospital. In the seven years that we took care of my father-in-law he was in the hospital thirteen times. Eight of those admissions resulted in a subsequent stay in a re-hab facility.
What Nobody Will Tell You About Elder Care. What makes my Action and Implementation Program unique is that I look at elder care from the caregiver’s point of view. My experience and that of many other care givers is summarized below:
Contact Medicare 1-800-633-4227 or Medicare.gov for information about Medicare and how it can help pay for your parent’s care. Medicare paid for my father-in-law’s dialysis, hospital stays, rehab stays, hospital bed rental and visits to the doctor. Between Medicare and AARP supplemental insurance most of his care was covered. We estimate that his care over [...]
Medicaid is a Federal and state health insurance program for people with limited financial resources. In determining what are financial assets your elderly parent’s home, furniture, car or insurance policies with a cash value of $5,000 or less are not counted as assets. The guidelines for what is covered vary from state to state and [...]