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Samantha, AZ Long Term Care Agency
Question I noticed that there are several agencies listed on your website for Home Health. I am trying to make arrangments for a family members LTC policy which requires a licensed home care agency. Are the agencies you recomend licensed?
Answer Yes they are licensed and include both medical or nonmedical homecare agencies. You need to determine whether it is non-medical care that you need which includes personal care, meals, transporation and housekeeping services or is it skilled nursing or reh . . .
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quincy, FL get paid to be family caregiver
Question i wanted to know how can i get paid for taking care of my grandmother....i had to quit my job to take care of her she is 89 years old and she cant do anything for herself.
Answer This has become a really popular question asked by family caregivers throughout the country so you are not alone trying to find out answers. It is possible but may be difficult to get paid in many areas due to budget cutbacks at state levels. Because so m . . .
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Lana, GA Home Health
Question My Mother is currently getting PT in her apartment since being discharged from the hospital. What steps do I need to take about having someone come by to check on her after this concludes. Would it be covered by Medicare and how about pricing?
Answer Hi Lana,

Medicare does NOT pay for home care services needed by most that is considered non-medical or unskilled care. Therefore unfortunately when your mother no longer has skilled needs of PT you must pay privately for non-medical services su . . .
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helen, RI assisted living
Question Do most assisted living facilities require a fee to cover paperwork and evaluation of future resident presently in rehab?
Answer It is not unusual to be expected to have to pay an admin processing fee as there is certain amount of time and work that goes into eval a potential resident. . . .
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KAREN, NH CAREGIVER/COMPANION FOR MY DAD w ALZHEIMERS
Question Hi Clare...My family is beginning the search for a companion for my dad and some help for my mom who is his primary caregiver. My dad still knows us, but he has very little to occupy himself... He can no longer read or do any of his past hobbies. He is bo . . .
Answer Refer to our homecare directory to get contact info on avail agencies in your area and specifically look for non-medical home care. Undertand that this type of custodial home care is privately paid for and costs range from $15-$20/hr. Another option is ad . . .
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Karla, IN Taking care of a family member who had a stroke
Question Do you have to be a CNA to take care of a family member at your home? My mom had a stroke about 3 weeks ago and she is at a nursing home right now for rehab. I am going to bring her home to my house and my sister keeps telling me i have to be register bef . . .
Answer No you do not have to be certified to care for family member but need to ask nursing home staff for any advice or training that they can offer you regarding your mother’s care. It may be a good idea to go to home several mornings and observe the caregivrs . . .
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AnnMarie, ME Patient Room rights
Question My father is in an assisted living care facaility and has been for quite some time. He has alhemzimers and recently they told him he had to leave his room so that they could clean it. When he returned he found a lot of his personal items were missing, suc . . .
Answer This type of restrictions are totally unacceptable and you need to as your father’s advocate speak with director of Nursing at facility and if no satisfaction then your state long-term care ombudsman. . . .
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Laura, MD Med-management caregivers
Question My mother is 77 and lives in LaPlata, MD (just south of Waldorf, MD). She is obviously getting on in age and has difficulties managing her medications. She has to use a nebulizer with 2 medications daily as well as some oral medication for high blood pres . . .
Answer Refer to our home care directory to search for home agencies in your area which am certain there are nonmedical types required. Also can look to hire private caregivers through local community colleges. . . .
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Tiffany, AL Mom had a stroke
Question My dad is 65 years old and my mom is 67. My mom had a storke Nov. 18, 2011. Her entire right side is paralyzed. After leaving the hospital and a short term care facility, she is now in a hospital bed living at home. My dad is her caretaker. He has to feed . . .
Answer Hi Tiffany,
Hiring home care assistants sounds like a priority for yor dad’s welfare and much needed repite. Getting burned out as a family caregiver is all too common of a problem and good that you regognize the need for outsie help. Complete reques . . .
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ayanna, GA Elder Care Buy-In
Question Hi Clare, I`m searching for long-term care for myself. I`m 36, married, no children. I am searching for a program which allows me to begin reserving space for myself and my husband for when the time comes to move into a retirement community. I understand . . .
Answer It may be better to consider researching long-term care insurance as wold be economical due to young age. The insurance wold pay for retirement home care when appropriate . . .
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