Chronic Shortfall in Nursing Staff Triggers Widespread Downgrade of Nursing Homes by CMS

In what Kaiser Health News calls “a crackdown” on short-staffed nursing homes, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has just downgraded the ratings of one-tenth of the nation’s nursing homes. That’s according to this article recently published on the Kaiser Health News website.  The biggest problem area: a chronic lack of nursing staff.…

Unaffordable Costs: In 10 Years, Half of All Middle-Income Seniors Won’t Be Able to Afford the Care They’ll Need

As we research issues of interest to seniors for the AgingOptions blog, we see a familiar predicament when it comes to medical expenses and the cost of senior care. Low-income seniors can typically take advantage of government-backed care through Medicaid and the VA. Upper-income seniors often have fewer worries since, with proper planning, they can…

Misplaced Confidence: Americans’ High Level of Retirement Optimism Doesn’t Match the Cold Hard Facts

First, let’s give you the good news: American workers and retirees are expressing rising confidence that they will have enough money to live comfortably in retirement, according to a major national survey. Now here’s the bad news: that high level of confidence is almost entirely unsupported by the facts. That’s the inescapable conclusion from reading…

Common Sense, Cost-Effective Program Helps Low Income Seniors Safely Age in Place

In our technology-driven society, it seems we tend to rely too much on professional health care providers, nursing homes, and digital solutions to solve all of our health care problems – an observation that seems especially true when it comes to senior care. But often the best ideas for healthy aging appear to come, not…

Time to Have the “Assisted Living Discussion” with Your Parent? Consider These Tips on How to Broach the Subject

One of the hardest discussions an adult child can have with an aging parent involves moving into assisted living. Bringing up the topic of leaving behind a familiar home can trigger an avalanche of emotions ranging from denial to defensiveness to anger. With that in mind, if you feel the time is right to broach…

You’ve Moved a Parent into a Care Facility – What Do You Do When Others Make You Feel Guilty?

This scenario may sound extremely familiar. You’ve been caring for mom or dad for quite a while, but it’s gotten to the point where it’s just not safe for them to keep on living at home. Your parent needs more care than you can provide. After months of vacillation, you finally make up your mind:…

Your Loved One is Facing Eviction from an Assisted Living Facility. What Are Your Options?

If you live in an assisted living facility, or have a loved one who does, you’re part of a growing group of Americans – currently about three-quarters of a million – who are healthy enough to live more or less independently but need some help with activities of daily living. This assistance can take the…

Assisted Living is Ideal for Many Seniors, but Complaints About Quality of Care are On the Rise

Last fall, in its October 2017 issue, the authoritative magazine Consumer Reports ran a very intriguing and insightful cover story. The photo showed the hand of a frail senior being tenderly held by a much younger hand, beneath the headline, “Who Will Care for You?” The subtitle said, “Understanding the facts about elder care and…