Nursing Homes Need Support, Not Blame

I had hoped, with the current focus on healthcare workers as heroes, that the demonizing of nursing homes would cease during the pandemic. It hasnt. Ive seen very few news stories blaming hospitals when patients die from COVID-19 but nearly … Continued

Nursing Home Closures

If you own equities or are involved in the skilled care sector, last week provided more than its share of bad news. A massive Wall Street selloff caused by coronavirus fears sent equity prices plummeting. As troubling as that news … Continued

Family Conflicts Over Elderly Parents

As elderly parents begin to rely on family for more support, the amount of conflict between adult children can increase. Dealing with a parents care can rekindle sibling rivalries that have lain dormant for years, and the discord can tear … Continued

Caregiver Shortage in Massachusetts

Lawmakers and stakeholders in Massachusetts are looking for solutions to a caregiver shortage that has left thousands of job vacancies at skilled nursing and home health agencies throughout the state. The workforce shortage was under discussion during a state hearing … Continued

Alzheimer’s and Dementia- Five Early Warning Signs

Researchers confirm Alzheimers disease is the most common cause of dementia, accounting for approximately 60 to 80 percent of all dementia cases. People living with this irreversible disorder experience memory loss, confusion and, eventually, the inability to carry out simple … Continued

How SNFs can Reduce Short-Term Stay Rehab Times

Short-term stay or respite care offers a great solution for seniors who are recovering from a hospital visit, surgery or other medical issue. While short-term rehabilitation is effective in addressing the acute medical issue that landed a senior there, there … Continued

Caring For A Sick Spouse

When Caring For A Sick Spouse Shakes A Marriage To The Core   By Judith Graham, Kaiser Health Network   For a dozen years, Larry Bocchiere, 68, didnt find it especially difficult to care for his wife, Deborah, who struggled … Continued

Understanding Medicare Hospice Benefit

Medicare’s hospice benefit covers any care that is reasonable and necessary for easing the course of a terminal illness. It is one of Medicare’s most comprehensive benefits and can be extremely helpful to both the terminally ill individual and his … Continued

Medicare vs. Medicaid

MEDICARE Medicare is a national, government-funded health insurance that all Americans receive when they turn 65. Disabled people who are under 65 can also enroll in Medicare without paying premiums, but for those looking for a solution to long-term care … Continued