long-term care

Use quarterly care planning conferences to get better care for loved ones in nursing/skilled nursing facilities

This is the thirty-seventh in a series of articles intended to demystify retirement living options.

Many people are involved in caring for your friend or relative in a nursing or skilled nursing facility (long-term care facility): doctors, nurses, aides, dieticians, activities staff, social workers, possibly physical and occupational therapists, perhaps companions who don’t perform medical services, and so forth.

How can you get attention to questions, concerns, or suggestions you have when a topic may involve several different departments?

Ensuring that personal quirks don't prevent your loved one from getting the right care in assisted living or skilled nursing

This is the thirty-fifth in a series of articles intended to demystify retirement living options.

You may assume that your loved one is getting all the expected care in assisted living or nursing/skilled nursing. But sometimes, quirky problems disrupt the established routines in the facility, and care can suffer as a result.

Make sure that care your elderly relative needs isn't omitted in assisted living or a nursing facility

This is the thirty-fourth in a series of articles intended to demystify retirement living options.

The previous article discussed how duplicate prescriptions might arise, overdosing your loved one who lives in assisted living or nursing/skilled nursing. This article discusses the opposite problem: how needed care may be omitted.

How can you cover the costs of assisted living or long-term care?

This is the 18th in a series of articles intended to demystify the experience of living in a retirement community.

Costs for basic assisted living for one person at sites studied for this series range from $28,000 to $56,000/year. A second person will add from $6,000 to $16,000/year. Additional services can add $2,000 to $20,000 per person per year. And long-term care and skilled nursing care can cost from $73,000 to well over $100,000 per person per year.

What options are available to cover the costs?

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