Tougher Scrutiny and Federal Penalties Being Planned for Failing Nursing Homes

Q. Last year, during his State of the Union address, President Biden discussed a major overhaul of nursing home quality, including minimum staffing levels and steps to beef up inspections. Since then, I haven’t heard about any of … [Read more...]

Medicare Advantage Plans May Shorten Stays to Less Time than Original Medicare Covers

A common question among many of our readers is whether Medicare covers long-term care. Medicare does not cover any type of long-term care, whether in nursing homes, assisted living communities, or your own home. Medicare does, … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: It’s Long-Term Care Planning Month!

Dear Angel, I heard somewhere that October is Long-Term Care Planning Month. My husband and I are nowhere near the need for long-term care services, as far as we know. Yet, I heard it’s never too early to plan. How and when do … [Read more...]

The Biggest Misconception About Medicaid

Q. I recently came across an article on CNBC.com where I saw you were quoted as an expert. I’m confused about something in the article, and I’m hoping you can clear it up. It’s an article about the expenses of long-term care and … [Read more...]

How Knowledgeable and Prepared Are Americans for Long-Term Care? An AARP Survey Explains

In the '80s or even the ’90s, if someone asked a person about long-term care, often they would respond that they don't need help with lawn care. You read that right: lawn care. This is because the term “long-term care” was not yet … [Read more...]

Hospice is Not a Death Sentence: What Happens When Someone Graduates from Hospice?

U.S. Army veteran, Iwao Nagata, was under hospice care for a year. At 94, he couldn’t remember conversations, his legs started getting weak, and he started falling frequently. Things went downhill fast for Iwao. He was frustrated, … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Long-Term Care Planning Month — Can the Terms “Long-Term Care” and “Nursing Home Care” Be Used Synonymously?

Dear Oakley, I read somewhere that October is Long-Term Care (LTC) planning month. I heard that 70% of seniors will need long-term care in their lifetimes. I’m a little confused though. Is “long-term care” another way of saying … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Aging Technology in Long-Term Care Facilities

Dear Oakley,   The pandemic is hopefully over and things are getting back to normal. I remember how long-term care facilities were affected by the pandemic. Is there any new technology to help provide more protections … [Read more...]

After the Covid-19 Pandemic—How It Has Impacted Retirement

Jane and Steve were planning on retiring in five years. Now, a year after the COVID-19 pandemic, those plans have changed. When Steve’s business wasn’t doing well this past year, they couldn’t contribute to their retirement … [Read more...]

The One Promise You Can’t Always Keep

When couples fall in love and get married with vows including “in sickness and in health,” they often pledge many things to one another. Certain promises seem completely reasonable when you are young and healthy, but sometimes … [Read more...]

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