Critter Corner: How to Assess if Your Senior Loved One Is Being Well Cared for in Assisted Living

Dear Oakley, My mother has been in assisted living for a few months. I don’t hear much about how she is doing and due to my hectic work schedule, I don’t visit as much as I would like. I am planning on going with the family … [Read more...]

Bait and Switch: When You’re Not Getting the Care You Were Promised in Assisted Living

Q. When my friend, Vicki, was shopping around for assisted living facilities for her mother, one in particular stood out to her. The lovely marketing materials showed beautiful landscaping, rooms that resemble those at a classy … [Read more...]

A Major Change to Therapy/Rehabilitation Coverage for Medicare Patients

Q. At age 62, my father, Paul, was diagnosed with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). He can’t walk, get out of bed, or breathe on his own (he’s on a ventilator). He can’t use the toilet, bathe, or dress himself, either. After a … [Read more...]

How to Afford Assisted Living

Q. We are considering assisted living for my father in the not so distant future. He doesn’t quite need a nursing home yet, but he certainly needs more help than we can provide in the home. Although assisted living is not as … [Read more...]

Can You Still Live Alone if You Have Early-Stage Alzheimer’s?

When Kimberly was first diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, she took it as a devastating blow. She experienced the gamut of emotions anyone would feel after such a shocking discovery about oneself, including shock, denial, and … [Read more...]

Top 19 Articles of 2019

Those who read our newsletter or follow our blog know that we covered a lot of ground in 2019. This past year, the Federal Tax Act increased the federal estate and gift tax exemption from $11.18 million dollars per person to $11.4 … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Retirement Expenses You May Not Think About

Dear Angel, My husband and I are planning for retirement and trying to figure out our expenses. We have considered fun expenses, such as travel and hobbies and many not-so-fun expenses, including health care, day-to-day bills, … [Read more...]

Is Care Getting More Expensive or Has it Hit its Peak?

Q. My mother has lived alone for the past three years since my father passed away. She is starting to get lonely and needs more help these days. I recently started looking into in-home care as an option. I knew it would be … [Read more...]

Open Enrollment is Now Much Easier

  Nancy had been counting down the days to her retirement for a couple of years now. As the day got closer, she turned in her retirement paperwork to human resources, enjoyed the party her co-workers threw for her, and … [Read more...]

The Long-Term Care Crisis: What you Need to Know

Geri and Dale are both 70 years old and in average health. They both have a history of dementia in their families and they are aware that the need for long-term care for one or both of them one day could be a real … [Read more...]