If the Nursing Home is Trying to Take Away a Medicaid Patient’s Stimulus Check, They’re Breaking the Law, Uncle Sam Warns

If you or a loved one live in a nursing home and receive Medicaid benefits, watch out. Some nursing homes and assisted living facilities around the country have snatched up their Medicaid residents’ stimulus checks, claiming that the facility owns that money.  But according to this Michelle Singletary column in the Washington Post, they’re wrong.…

“Like Putting On a Trash Bag” – As Government Deliveries Fall Short, Nursing Homes Are Running Out of Personal Protective Equipment

The ongoing story of the U.S. response to the coronavirus pandemic has been a study in fits and starts: some pieces seem to go well while others are plagued with disorganization and failed promises. As one example, our reaction here at AgingOptions to this recent expose from Kaiser Health News was one of anger and…

COVID-19 Pandemic Will Change Many Aspects of American Life, Says the Washington Post – Including How and Where We Age

Like you, we here at AgingOptions are scouring the headlines just about every day, trying to make sense of the coronavirus pandemic and its aftermath. People like to talk about “the new normal,” but no one seems to be able to predict what normalcy will actually look like in the months and years ahead. Still,…

Kaiser Health News: Kirkland Nursing Home at Epicenter of Coronavirus Outbreak Shows the Danger to Elderly Residents Nationwide

The coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19, continues to be front page news across the country and around the world. Perhaps surprisingly, no single place in the U.S. has been affected more profoundly than a skilled nursing facility right here in Kirkland, Washington, in the backyard of AgingOptions’ headquarters. Stories of illness among residents and staff,…

If You’re Comparing Nursing Homes, CMS’s Nursing Home Compare Website is a Good Place to Start – But You’ll Have to Dig Deeper

If you find yourself in the predicament of choosing a nursing home for someone you love, you’ll soon discover that the process is complicated, even daunting.  We’ve written about this subject before on the AgingOptions blog, but this recent article on MarketWatch provides an updated view of this important topic, so we thought it was…

In the Wake of Devastating Wildfires, California Inspectors Find Potentially Life-Threatening Safety Violations at Nursing Homes

Here at AgingOptions, we often talk about how most retirees would do almost anything to avoid being forced into a nursing home as they age. Still, a large number of seniors will find themselves in institutional care someday. While the residents may have to sacrifice some of their independence and mobility, the nursing homes are…

“A Retirement Community That Comes to You” – New York Times Article Spotlights a New Twist on an Old Idea in Senior Living

Seniors planning for their housing needs have traditionally had a fairly limited set of choices. They could age in place, remaining at home, which is the preferred route of the vast majority of aging adults. They could move in with family or with friends. Or they could choose to live in a retirement community, surrounded…

New York Times Report: Dying at Home May Be the First Choice – but it May Not Be the Best Choice for Everyone

Is dying at home overrated? That’s the provocative subtitle that brought a recent New York Times article to our attention. In survey after survey, most Americans say they prefer to die in their own homes, and conventional wisdom says that the familiar environment of home and family is the optimum place to pass away. But…

An Ongoing Scandal: In Spite of Laws on the Books, Many Cases of Elder Abuse are Never Reported to Authorities

Vulnerable seniors living in nursing homes are entitled to the best of care. They should be able to live out their lives in a safe and secure environment. But tragically that is often not the case, and all too often those in charge are never reporting cases of suspected abuse to regulatory authorities – in…

AgingOptions Follow-Up: Medicare’s Nursing Home Compare Web Tool Now Includes Short-Stay Rehab Facilities

For several years families looking for nursing home care for a loved one have relied on Medicare’s Nursing Home Compare website. This site provides quality ratings for more than 15,000 facilities nationwide, awarding grades of one to five stars in three evaluation categories – health inspections, staffing levels, and clinical data – plus an “Overall”…