Will You Need a Nursing Home During Your Lifetime?

As you think ahead about passing your assets to your loved ones through the process of estate planning, another key consideration should crop up; that of protecting your own interests with regards to health care. Many people question whether or not they will need a nursing home at some point in their future and plenty… Read More »

Too old for sex? Not at this nursing home.

Many older men and women are having romantic relationships into their 70s and 80s. Now, some nursing homes are acknowledging the fact. Some have loosened daily regimens for a variety of activities, such as what to eat or when to bathe. The next step, according to a story in the New York Times, is loosening… Read More »

Nursing Home Costs Only Slightly Higher this Year

The median cost of a private nursing home room in the U.S. is only slightly higher this year. A survey showed the cost in 2016 is $92,378 — an increase of just 1.24 percent. The median cost of a semi-private room is $82,125, up 2.27 percent over 2015, the survey showed. In 2015, the rates… Read More »

Trapped in Nursing Homes But Wanting Out

Many Americans who could be living elsewhere are trapped in nursing homes against their will. The Supreme Court ruled 20 years ago that disabled people needing public support are entitled to live in their communities rather than in institutions unless medically necessary. But because of budget cuts, inflexible rules and too few alternatives, many people… Read More »

Don’t Leave Long-Term Care Planning To Chance

Long-term care refers to medical and personal care help that people need because of illness, disability or old age. View image | gettyimages.com Such services include help with bathing, toileting, dressing, as well as taking medications, cooking and managing money. There are a number of places to get such help including home health care, transportation… Read More »

Don’t Leave Long-Term Care To Chance

Long-term care refers to medical and personal care help that people need because of disability, illness or aging. Such services range from the most basic needs like bathing to more complicated tasks like taking medication or getting help with finances. View image | gettyimages.com There are a number of places to get such help. There… Read More »

Cliques In Nursing Homes?

Maybe it shouldn’t come as a surprise, but just because you may be old and gray, you can still act like a teenager – in one of the worst ways. View image | gettyimages.com A column in the New York Times recounts a woman’s shock to find out that when her grandmother went into an… Read More »

Medicare Changes Nursing Home Rating System

The government this month announced major changes to its five-star rating system for nursing homes, a widely used consumer tool that had been criticized for relying on data supplied by the homes themselves. http://gty.im/467305381 Under the new system, the homes will have to begin reporting their staffing levels quarterly using an electronic system that can… Read More »

Be Careful What You Post

Three children of a Sugarland, Texas nursing home patient have been banned from the facility over material they posted on social media. According to a story in the Southeast Texas Record, and reprinted by the abajournal.com, the three were informed by the attorney for Silverado Senior Living that they may no longer visit until they… Read More »

Nursing Home Costs Now Near $90K A Year

Nursing home costs keep rising. The cost of a private nursing home in the United States jumped 4.4 percent this year, bringing the median yearly cost to $87,600. This data comes from a cost of care survey conducted yearly by the insurer Genworth. It was reported in a story on jdsupra.com. The median cost of… Read More »