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Dear Carol: My dad has been in the hospital for open-heart surgery. He's now being discharged and will come home with me until he recovers enough to go back to his home where he lives alone. Long-term, his heart problem should be taken care of, and other than that he’s healthy for his age. What I’m worried about is the discharge process and taking care of him after he comes home. People aren't kept in the hospital very long now so families often have more caregiving to provide than in the past. What questions do I ask when Dad's discharged? How do I make certain that I don’t forget to ask something important? – HF Read more →

An ongoing concern for many older adults, as well as their adult children, is whether they really need to pay for the services of an attorney when planning for their finances and health care in old age. This is a valid question, and people of modest means often feel that they can’t afford an attorney. However, the reality is that many elder care problems faced by families can be avoided by consulting an attorney before their loved one needs any form of care. Read more →

Many people have heard of hospice care but they mistakenly think that it’s just a way to help cancer patients be more comfortable at the end of their lives. Fewer people have heard of palliative care, and they may have no idea what it is. The truth is that hospice and palliative care are related but used for different reasons at different times, and everyone should be well-versed in what they offer. Here, we’ll clarify some points of confusion. Read more →

Dear Readers: Throughout the decade that I’ve been answering questions about aging and caregiving I’ve been continually unsatisfied with the need to refer seniors and caregivers to multiple websites when assisting them in finding resource information. The recent White House Conference on Aging has now launched a one stop link to resources Read more →

In Part 1 of this post, I'll focus on an enormously helpful new tool for caregivers and aging adults. In Part 2, I’ll give you a taste of some of the other issues related to caregiving that were discussed at the conference. Read more →

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has recently developed a tool that compares hospitals in a way that is similar to their popular Nursing Home Compare. Aptly called Hospital Compare, Read more →

HealthCentral Twitter Chat Focuses on Health Costs

However, many caregivers are still on their employer’s policies, or have enrolled in a policy through a state and federal market place. In other words, we have to juggle insurance issues for our loved ones as well as ourselves. Read more →

Parent Care: Should Adult Children Split the Cost?

Seniors with good pensions and investment income often opt for the more opulent settings and can pay for the services. It's wonderful to see people be able make these choices without a lot of worrying over finances. However, the average aging couple is not likely to have such an easy time of it. Read more →

Pilot Program Gives Medicare Hospice Patients More Options

The CMS's Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) said that during this pilot program it will evaluate whether allowing access to both services can improve the quality of life and care received by Medicare beneficiaries as well as increase patient satisfaction and reduce Medicare expenditures. Read more →