A  Success Story – Aging and Social Isolation As I drove through a small northwest Arkansas community I stopped at the only nursing home to see a former client.  His was a tragic case of grief, depression, self-neglect, and social isolation that led to no choice other than moving this 92 year old gentleman from his farm of 60 plus years to a nursing home. His family had reported he was doing well.  I wanted to see for myself how he was adapting to the change. I entered the front lobby and I was immediately greeted by a loud “Hello young lady, how are you today!”  I turned to look at my greeter and could not believe my eyes!  Dressed in clean overalls and western shirt, with a short haircut and neatly groomed, a smile on his face and twinkle in his eye – it was my client!  I was so shocked I couldn’t reply, but did go over to shake his hand.  When I told him I had come to see him, he invited me to sit and we began a long and enjoyable visit. Mr. Bell was full of accounts of the changes that had resulted in hisRead More

Many elderly move from their home only after a critical incident that forces the move. But often the move is not the RIGHT move. By thoroughly assessing the needs for care and assistance at the time of the move, the right care facility or retirement setting can be selected to meed all the needs of the elder. Read More

Know the Basics:  Care Planning 101 I still hear people say, “I have Medicare, it will pay for a nursing home if I need it.” But –  Medicare NEVER pays for nursing home care for a long term!  It is important for all of us who are aging or have aging parents to understand care resources available to us, how to access that care and how it is paid for. You’ll know what you need to know to plan for care if you take just 5 minutes to read this: 1)      Medicare DOES pay for care in a nursing home for rehabilitation or recuperative care after a hospitalization. Medicare does NOT pay for long term nursing home care. After a three night stay in a hospital, if further strengthening, rehabilitation or skilled care is required before the patient can return home, Medicare does cover in-patient therapy in a skilled nursing home for up to 100 days. The patient can benefit from physical, occupational and speech therapy, skilled nursing, appropriate diet and 24 hour skilled care to help the patient return to their previous level of functioning for discharge.  But –  if 24 hour care is still needed after 100 days,Read More