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Before you quit your job

It may be true: Your aging relative needs more and more care. You know you are the best person for the job. But it’s too much to do on top of your own work. Think twice before exiting the workforce, however. There are some stiff financial consequences. For...

Using long-term care insurance

Your relative may have bought long-term care insurance to cover the expense of care when help is needed. Activating the policy takes some lead time. It’s wise to learn all the steps and definitions so you can be strategic with your timing. Types of care covered...

Is a New Medicare Card in the Mailbox?

Medicare has started sending out new cards to all its members. The mailings will take place in waves. The person you care for may not receive theirs until later in the year. You don’t need to do anything. The new card will arrive automatically. (The only...

Hospitalization, Skilled Nursing and Medicare

Recently, in one 48-hour period, I received similar questions from caregivers. These caregivers were not related, and they did not know one another. Each was the adult child whose parent was about to be discharged from a skilled nursing facility. Though they were very...

Blog Exercise and COPD: an oxymoron? by Kathleen | Nov 27, 2018 | CaregivingDoes Mom say she feels too weak to exercise? Does Dad run out of breath just walking down the street? People dealing with COPD often believe that exercise will make things worse. Actually, in...

You Don’t Have To, But…

In the work I do with people who receive VA benefits and are also eligible for Medicare Part B, I am often asked if they should enroll in Part B.¬† “After all, it costs $99.90 a month (current rate), and if I have VA healthcare¬†benefits and use the VA hospital...