Feds Announce New Strategy to Support Family Caregivers

          The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has recently started to focus on finding ways to support family caregivers by assisting them with resources to maintain their health, well-being, and financial security while they act as caregivers. As part of this, it has announced the implementation of a 2022 National Strategy to […]

Caregivers Are Getting Younger, Making Planning for Long-Term Care Even More Important

          As baby boomers age, more and more millennials are becoming caregivers. Many are taking on this role while just getting started in their own lives, leading to difficult decisions about priorities. Proper planning can help them navigate this terrain.  The term “sandwich generation” was coined to refer to baby boomers who were taking care […]

Immigration Policies Cause Upheaval in the Home Care Industry for Patients and Workers

As the population ages, the need for caregivers is growing, but more restrictive immigration policies such as those being promoted by the Trump administration could have a negative impact on a caregiving industry that is already facing workforce shortages. The impact of this crisis in Maine came with the recent announcement that Home Care for Maine in Farmingdale […]

You Have Been Appointed the Guardian of an Older Adult; Now What?

If an adult becomes mentally incapacitated and is incapable of making responsible decisions, the court will appoint a substitute decision maker, often called a “guardian,” but in some states called a “conservator” or another term. Guardianship is a legal relationship between a competent adult (the “guardian”) and a person who because of incapacity is no […]

Is a Pre Paid Funeral Plan Right for You?

As we get older, and perhaps have to plan a funeral for a loved one ourselves, many people are thinking far ahead and planning and pre-paying for their own funerals. If you have had to go through the process of planning a funeral for a loved one that has passed, you know how difficult it […]

Heads Up Medicare Beneficiaries- A New CMS Rule Could Impact Finding Home Health Care.

A rule change by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (aka CMS) is coming- and it will impact how home healthcare providers will receive reimbursement. This rule could, inadvertently, affect patient care as well. Beginning in January 2020, Medicare will reimburse home health agencies at a lower rate when they care for patients who […]