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How to get long-term care at home without busting the bank

How to get long-term care at home without busting the bank

The vast majority of older adults receive long-term care at home, not in nursing homes. But few people plan for this expense. Nor do they see long-term care insurance as a viable option — because it’s expensive and is often seen as protection against the cost of nursing home care.

July 27, 2017 | By | Reply More
Nursing homes move into the insurance business

Nursing homes move into the insurance business

Around the country, a handful of nursing home companies have begun selling their own private Medicare insurance policies, pledging close coordination and promising to give clinicians more authority to decide what treatments they will cover for each patient.

July 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Why some patients aren’t getting palliative care

Why some patients aren’t getting palliative care

Palliative care has been shown to increase patients’ satisfaction with the care they receive and to save on medical expenses. But despite dramatic growth in the number of hospitals providing such care over the last decade, full palliative care services remain unavailable to many patients.

July 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
Half the time, nursing homes scrutinized on safety by Medicare are still treacherous

Half the time, nursing homes scrutinized on safety by Medicare are still treacherous

While special focus status is one of the federal government’s strictest forms of oversight, nursing homes that were forced to undergo such scrutiny often slide back into providing dangerous care. Of 528 nursing homes that graduated from special focus status before 2014 and are still operating, 52 percent have since harmed patients or put patients in serious jeopardy within the past three years.

July 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
Seniors miss out on clinical trials

Seniors miss out on clinical trials

More than 60 percent of cancer patients are older adults — and that will rise to 70 percent by 2040.  Yet seniors continue to be underrepresented in clinical trials, making it difficult to assess how treatments are likely to help or harm them.

July 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
Nursing home workers still posting nude and vulgar photos of residents on Snapchat

Nursing home workers still posting nude and vulgar photos of residents on Snapchat

In the last year alone, employees of at least 18 nursing homes and assisted living facilities have posted unauthorized — and in some cases, vulgar and stomach-turning — photos and videos of residents on Snapchat and other social media platforms

June 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
Some seniors just want to be left alone, which can lead to problems

Some seniors just want to be left alone, which can lead to problems

As many as 28 percent of patients offered home health care when they’re being discharged from a hospital — mostly older adults — say “no” to those services, according to a new report.

June 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
AARP: States lag in keeping Medicaid enrollees out of nursing homes

AARP: States lag in keeping Medicaid enrollees out of nursing homes

States are making tepid progress helping millions of elderly and disabled people on Medicaid avoid costly nursing home care by arranging home or community services for them instead, according to an AARP report released Wednesday.

June 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
Caring for a loved one? Care for yourself, too

Caring for a loved one? Care for yourself, too

A 2015 report found that roughly 43.5 million adults in the United States had provided unpaid care to an adult or child in the prior year. The need is expected to increase as baby boomers age and become caregivers for loved ones or require care for themselves.

June 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
Seniors putting together teams they can call on for help

Seniors putting together teams they can call on for help

Millions of older adults are peering into an uncertain future without knowing whom they can count on to be at their side. Many are unmarried, without children, living alone. Some have adult children living elsewhere, with demanding jobs and busy lives. Others have spouses who were ill or temperamentally unsuited to the task.

June 1, 2017 | By | Reply More