Depressive Symptoms in Alzheimer’s Disease Family Caregivers

          A new study reveals that 60 percent of family members taking care of loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease exhibited symptoms of depression that worsened over time. Researchers tracked symptoms of depression in family caregivers from when their loved ones were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease until five years later. A third of the caregivers – […]

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 […]

Plan Ahead Before Seeking Nursing Home Care: Avoid Unnecessary Debt for You and Your Family

          Many senior citizens may need the services of a nursing home or at-home care at some point in their life. You might assume that government assistance or health insurance will step in and cover the cost if you cannot afford these services. Unfortunately, neither health insurance nor Medicare covers long-term care. Because obtaining long-term […]

How Do You Decide When to Leave a Nursing Home and Move Back Home?

Leaving a nursing home to return home is a goal for many residents and their families, but it requires careful consideration. While returning home is a good move for some, it won’t work for everyone. A nursing home stay does not have to be permanent. Many residents enter a facility temporarily to recover from an […]

You Can Now Compare Nursing Homes on Staff Turnover Rates and Weekend Help

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it will add data on staff turnover rates and weekend staffing levels to its Care Compare website, giving consumers another tool when choosing a nursing home.  The official Medicare website includes a nursing home rating system. Care Compare (previously called Nursing Home Compare) offers up to five-star ratings of […]

Hiring a Caregiver: Should You Employ One Yourself or Go Through an Agency?

Most seniors prefer to stay at home as long as possible rather than move into a nursing home. For many families, this means eventually hiring a caregiver to look after an aging relative. There are two main ways to hire someone: directly or through a home health agency. Hiring directlyWhen you hire a caregiver directly, […]

The Difference Between Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

Many people use the terms Alzheimer’s disease and dementia interchangeably, but they have very different meanings. Although dementia is a group of symptoms that include memory loss, the term itself doesn’t explain what is causing the symptoms. Alzheimer’s disease is the leading cause of dementia, but there are many other causes. Dementia is a general […]