To many peoples’ surprise, the nursing home bill does not cover everything. It does not cover doctors, dentists, ophthalmologists, podiatrists, physical therapy or diagnostic services such as labs, x-rays and electrocardiograms. Many of these may be covered by Medicare…to a point. What should you look for when you’re evaluating a nursing home?
Home for the holidays. We’d like our loved ones to join us – even those who may reside in a facility. But can the elderly come home for the holidays?
The rating system run by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is designed to give people reliable information to evaluate the safety and quality of thousands of nursing homes but the New York Times discovered many of the incidents were omitted from the ratings website.
None of us wants to leave home for an assisted living or nursing home facility. None of us wants to see our partner of many years go. What if they have dementia? When is it time? How will we know?
When you are not able to speak for yourself, you need someone who will stand up for you and for what you want, regardless of what other family members or the doctors say. Who can do that? This is one time you cannot afford to have things fall through the cracks.
Are you applying for Medicaid? Maybe your situation is simple and you can handle the application yourself. Maybe you think the nursing home or a Medicaid planner will help you. Working with an elder lawyer will help you save more money in the long run.