Nursing Home Ratings and More: Selecting the Right Facility

While many older adults prefer to stay in personal or family homes as they age, it may not be feasible. Long-term care in a nursing home may be the best option for those who require continuous assistance with persistent conditions such as dementia. As the quality and offerings of nursing homes vary, choosing the most […]

Nursing Homes Must Have Minimum Number of Staff, Say Feds

         Understaffing threatens the nation’s 1.2 million nursing home residents. Residents who do not receive the care they need can experience falls, dehydration, malnutrition, and bedsores. They are also more vulnerable to abuse and neglect. A historic nursing shortage is affecting long-term care facilities nationwide. According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, drivers of the […]

New Bill Targets Growing the Long-Term Caregiving Workforce

         For older adults seeking long-term care services, finding the help they need can pose significant challenges. One major reason is the lack of available labor in this field. New bipartisan legislation may have an answer. Nationwide Staffing Shortage An ongoing, critical shortage of nursing home and assisted living workers – partly made worse by […]

Supreme Court Preserves Right to Sue Public Nursing Homes

        In a major win for nursing home residents and their families, the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the right to sue government-run nursing homes under the Federal Nursing Home Reform Act (FNHRA). In a 7-2 decision, the court decided these plaintiffs could seek relief in federal court. Background of the Case In 2019, the […]

Assisted Living vs. Nursing Homes: What’s the Difference?

         Assisted living facilities and nursing homes are long-term housing and care options for older adults. Although people sometimes use the terms assisted living and nursing home synonymously, they are distinct. Understanding the differences between assisted living and nursing homes is critical for those considering where to live as they age. This is because assisted […]

Tax Deductions for Assisted Living Costs

If you or a family member lives in an assisted living facility, you know that assisted living costs continue to rise every year. But did you know some of those costs may be tax-deductible? Medical expenses, including some long-term care expenses, are deductible if the expenses are more than 7.5 percent of your adjusted gross income.  […]

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 to Get Into a Nursing Home as a Medicaid Recipient

While Medicaid helps pay for nursing home care, being admitted to a nursing home as a Medicaid recipient is not always easy. There are several ways to navigate the process, depending on your situation.  With the median cost of a nursing home room being more than $250 a day, most families need help paying for long-term care. […]

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 […]