021 Picking The Right Living Environment and More Secrets the Nursing Home Doesn’t Want You to Know

Once again on the podcast we discuss two important issues.  The first is the thought process behind selecting a long term care living alternative – staying home or moving into a long term care community such as an assisted living facility, nursing home or continuing care retirement community.  The second is four more secrets nursing homes might not want you to know including (1) in New Jersey no one has to guarantee your payment to the nursing home but the admission contract is crucially important; (2) the Medicare five year look back; (3) the basics of the Medicaid spend down; and (4) what are Medicaid penalties.

***Note: Here comes the disclaimer… While I am an attorney in New Jersey (Price & Price Elder Law in Haddonfield, NJ), the information on this podcast is not meant to be legal advice.  It is information meant to educate you about the issues that exist and the fact there are solutions available.  Any questions pertaining to your loved one’s situation should be directed to an elder law attorney of your choosing.  That attorney can provide you with help and guidance with any legal matters you might encounter caring for your loved one.

Our quote is: “Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.  This quote perfectly describes the caregiving process.  Being a caregiver is an act of faith – you don’t always know where the path will go but you are always willing to take the next step.

Remember to email me at casey@thestressedoutcaregiver.com and please go to iTunes and leave a 5 star review and comments.

Until next week I wish you all the best!

Casey

020 Capacity, Liability and Guilt

Today we cover two important issues.  The first is capacity and liability.  What happens when your loved one has capacity and wants to do something that goes against medical recommendations?  Can you be liable if they get hurt or suffer a bad outcome?  What if they don’t have capacity?  These are the issues we discuss in the first part of the show.  In the second part we look at the issue of guilt.  What happens when someone gets hurt on your watch?  What if they have capacity and insist on doing something that leads to them getting hurt?  How do you feel?  How should you feel?

The difficult issues we discuss this week will be faced by most caregivers.  Hopefully this episode will make dealing with them easier.

Our quote of the week is: When you’re a kid, you have this feeling like you’re indestructible.  Your mortality doesn’t even occur to you.  But as time goes by, you realize, “I better cut this out or that out if I want to continue to exist.’ -David Johansen aka Buster Poindexter.

Remember to email me at casey@thestressedoutcaregiver.com and please go to iTunes and leave a 5 star review and comments.

Until next week I wish you all the best!

Casey

019 Acclimating and Secrets the Nursing Home Doesn’t Want You to Know

Today we cover two important issues.  The first is when your loved one is acclimating to a new community when they first move in and the heartbreak that can cause during the Holidays if they can’t come home to be with you.  The second is three secrets nursing homes might not want you to know including (1) it is never too late to try to save money; (2) Medicare doesn’t pay for much in the way of nursing home benefits; and (3) you can choose your own nursing home.

Our quote is: you can’t pour from an empty cup.  Make sure you take care of yourself first.”  No author.  This is something I stumbled upon looking for a good quote.  I think it is an important reminder to make sure you take care of you – the caregiver – especially during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season

Remember to email me at casey@thestressedoutcaregiver.com and please go to iTunes and leave a 5 star review and comments.

Until next week I wish you all the best!

Casey