How to Find the Best Nursing Home for Your Loved One

Q. We are looking for the right nursing home for my mother, but I’m having trouble knowing whether to trust the ratings I see online on the federal government’s Nursing Home Compare website. For instance, there’s a nursing home … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Red Flags When Choosing a Nursing Home

Dear Ribbit, We are currently looking for a nursing home for my father and we narrowed it down to two. I have made several visits and interviewed staff and residents using your Nursing Home Evaluation Tool. There were certain … [Read more...]

Medicaid Expansion Passed – What it Means for Healthcare in Virginia

It's true! After years of advocacy and a long-delayed budget, the Virginia General Assembly passed a state budget that includes the Medicaid expansion coverage created under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. … [Read more...]

You May Not Have Known About These VA Home Care Options for Vets!

Jane and Ron are both veterans in their 70's who live at home, and unfortunately, both are experiencing serious health issues. In addition to their health problems, Jane and Ron are struggling financially and contemplating … [Read more...]

Two Popular Medigap Plans are Being Shuttered — What It Means for You!

Q. A couple of years ago, my aunt Linda applied for a Plan F Medigap plan and the insurance company approved her. The following year, she saw a specialist about some hip problems she was experiencing, went for an MRI, and ended up … [Read more...]

But I Promised I Wouldn’t Put her in a Nursing Home

Click Here to Read Magic's to "My Dad Doesn't Recognize Me - Is It Still Worth Visiting?" Q. I remember the moment like it was yesterday. My mom, who had Parkinson's for ten years at the time, was sitting at my kitchen table. I … [Read more...]

Tax Overhaul: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly for Seniors

Congress has ushered through the first major tax overhaul since Ronald Reagan was president. The measure, which President Trump signed into law last Friday, is about to change the lives of millions of Americans, including seniors. … [Read more...]

Inspiring Memories and Emotions in Loved Ones with Alzheimer’s

Nora has had Alzheimer’s for more than 10 years. Each year, her niece, Jeannette, visits her a few days before Christmas, to play her favorite holiday music, give her candy canes, and show her pictures of Washington, DC, where she … [Read more...]

Gifting and the 2018 Gift and Estate Tax Exclusion Numbers

Q. Our daughter got married a few months ago and she and her husband found the perfect starter home in Springfield. The owners accepted their offer and my daughter and her husband asked me for $20,000 to help with the down … [Read more...]

The Ugly Side of Hospice Care

Q. My mother is ready to transition to hospice care. She has very advanced dementia, severe arthritis, and is immobile. With all of the assistance that she needs, we can no longer care for her in my home, even with the help of … [Read more...]