Critter Corner: Many Hospice Workers Lack Their Own End-of-Life Directives

Dear Bebe, Hospice workers come into contact with people who are dying every day. I read recently that many of them don’t even have their own advance medical directives. Is this true? Seems like a no-brainer to me! Noah … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Caregiving for a Veteran

Dear Ribbit,   My husband is an partially disabled veteran and I am his caregiver. Sometimes, it can be stressful, and I can use all the help, support, and educational resources I can get. A friend told me she thinks that … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Connecting with Our Grandkids in the Digital Age

Dear Magic, Similar to most children these days, our grandchildren are really into their phones, tablets, and computers. My husband and I are reluctant, however, to use Facebook, texting, Skype, and to learn how apps work, … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Tips for Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment

Dear Magic, I will be shopping for 2018 health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchange. I can tell it’s going to be complicated this season, since it was shortened to just 45 days. Do you have any tips for this … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: The CCC Program When You’re Already in a Nursing Home

Dear Angel, My mother received a letter in the mail about the mandatory Commonwealth Coordinated Care Plus (CCC Plus) Medicaid Managed Care Program. However, she is in a nursing home. Can she remain living at her current … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Does Medicare Really Not Care About Long-Term Care?

Dear Bebe, I read in a couple of Mr. Farr’s blogs that Medicare doesn’t cover long-term care. I thought that it did cover some long-term care services. Can you clarify? Thanks! Metta Caire ---- Dear Metta, Medicare … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Keeping Emotions Out of the Estate Planning Conversation

Dear Ribbit, I understand that discussing estate planning with adult children can be an emotionally charged conversation. However, I know it’s a critical topic to address with family members. In my situation, my daughter is … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: When Will I Receive My Replacement Medicare Card Without my Social Security Number?

Dear Bebe, I heard Medicare will be replacing our current cards with cards that don't have our Social Security number on them. Do you know the timeframe for getting a replacement card? Thanks, Ann Nucard --- Dear … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Is Nursing Home Compare a Reliable Tool?

Dear Magic, My father’s Alzheimer’s is getting worse and he will likely need skilled nursing home care in the near future. I found Nursing Home Compare in a Google search. Can I rely on this resource to help me find the right … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: The High Stakes of Caregiver Stress

Dear Ribbit, My father has dementia, and right now, my mother is his primary caregiver. I could tell that she is extremely stressed in her role. I know that can’t be good for my father. Have there been any studies about how … [Read more...]