Underestimating the Cost of Long-Term Care 

Q. My husband has Alzheimer’s, and needs more care than I can provide. It's getting harder and harder to take care of him at home, but I’m not sure we can afford long-term care. I recently read something saying that nursing homes … [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...]

Family Caregiving is NOT Cheaper Than Professional Care. Here’s Why!

Five years ago, Karen got her PhD to teach at the college level. Upon graduating, she began her dream job, but she only was able to teach for about a year, when her mother’s Alzheimer’s began getting worse. Karen quit her job and … [Read more...]

Oscar the Cat and Other Incredible Therapy Animals

Oscar is a cat who was adopted as a kitten from an animal hospital. Sounds pretty typical, huh? Well, when it comes to cats, Oscar is anything BUT typical. What makes Oscar so extraordinary is that he is a cat with a … [Read more...]

My Wife is in a Nursing Home- Now What Do I Do with All This Free Time?

  Q. My wife has dementia, and your firm recently helped us qualify for Medicaid. At first, I never thought it would be possible, but it was, and I am forever grateful for your assistance. She is now in a nursing home, and … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: What to Bring to A Nursing Home

Dear Commander Bun Bun, I have been a caregiver for my mother for more than a decade. She is ready to move into a skilled nursing facility. She would like to make her room feel like home, and I’d like to help her do so. Do you … [Read more...]

Why Don’t ALL Nursing Homes Offer This?

  Q. My mother has dementia, and things are starting to become too much for me and my father to handle. She used to be so easy going, and now she gets cranky, angry, depressed, and fearful at times. It is so hard to see her … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: How You Can Help Prevent Wandering and Wandering-Related Tragedies

Dear Angel, My grandmother, who has dementia, lives with our family. She seems disoriented a lot, and I am afraid she might wander from the house. What are some things we can put in place in our home to stop her from wandering … [Read more...]

CMS Finalizes Commitment to Person-Centered Care for Nursing Home Residents

Q. My father has Alzheimer’s, and he is no longer able to live safely on his own. Since my mother died, I have been his caregiver, and although trusting his care to strangers isn’t going to be easy, I know a nursing home is the … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Questions to Ask at a Nursing Home Interview

Dear Baxter, My husband and I are evaluating nursing homes for his mother. We set up several tours. We are wondering if you could suggest questions to ask at these meetings? Thanks for your help! Wanda … [Read more...]