But you must be willing to grow and change as well. Can I tell you how proud I am of my mother? At 86, she is still learning and growing. Early one day I got a call from my cousin inviting us to an impromptu birthday celebration that night. The family was meeting at a restaurant right by mom (I live an hour away), so she offered to pick up my mother. I immediately went into … [Read more...]
How Can Family Help Seniors Adjust to Assisted Living?
Moving to an assisted living facility, even when voluntary, can be hard for your senior. How can family members help loved ones adjust to assisted living? It is the question I put to Jennifer Sallis, who lived 1,000 miles from her mom, and still helped her to adjust. (Jump to Lessons Learned) I never met Carol Sallis, but Jennifer paints a joyous picture of her mother. … [Read more...]
How Prescriptions are Covered by Medicare
Understanding Medicare Part D. For over 40 years, Medicare offered no retail prescription drug coverage. Can you imagine? While Medicare Part B has always covered medications administered in a doctor’s office or hospital setting, just a few years ago our nation’s seniors often paid 100% out of pocket for their outpatient medications. It was not uncommon for people to … [Read more...]
Slow Down To Your Senior’s Pace. They Need It And So Do You.
When Dealing with Aging Parents Patience is a Virtue. Start Practicing. Someone once told me, “Don’t ask God for patience, you’ll be put in situations that test you repeatedly.” I wish I had listened. Mom has slowed down considerably. Don’t get me wrong, she is still mentally sharp, but physically? At 87, being with her means doing things on “mom time” and it can try my … [Read more...]
Medicaid’s Five Year Look Back: 6 Tips On How You Can Prepare Now
Don't spend down to $2,000 and THEN apply! Medicaid is one of those words that can bring out powerful emotions in people. No one wants to go on Medicaid, but here is the reality, it provides health coverage to more than 4.6 million low-income seniors. And part of that healthcare is paying for seniors to live out their lives at home, in Assisted Living or Skilled Nursing … [Read more...]