Senior Providers Blog

Sign up for Medicare Part A

Posted by Senior Providers Network on Apr 30, 2019 10:00:00 AM

We are continuing on with our series of blogs on Medicare.  Again, Senior Providers Network is not trying to make experts out of anyone, just give you a better understanding.  In our last blog, we discussed that original or traditional Medicare is made up of 2 main parts “A & B”.  In this blog we are going to discuss Medicare Part A, the “hospital insurance” side of things.  Part A covers hospital or inpatient care, a skilled nursing facility and, in limited circumstances, at home, but we will discuss this later. 

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Topics: Medicare

How are Other Countries Caring for Their Elderly Population?

Posted by Senior Providers Network on Apr 15, 2019 10:28:57 AM

While the focus in the US is on Medicare and has become more paramount with the retirement of the Baby Boomer generation, help for seniors in other countries has taken a new priority as well. It is estimated that by 2050 about 277 million adults will need others to care for them. This staggering total also estimates that about half will require some form of dementia care which puts an increasing burden on family caregivers.

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Topics: Caregiving, Family Caregiver

Medicare Basics

Posted by Senior Providers Network on Apr 2, 2019 10:00:00 AM

I want to apply for Medicare.  When do I apply for Medicare?  When do I sign up for Medicare Part D?  Questions, questions and more questions.  We are going to put together a series of blogs that will better help you understand Medicare basics.  Senior Providers Network is not going to make anyone an expert, but you will walk away with a better understanding.  We will be discussing Part A, B and D and even discuss Medicare Advantage plans (Medigap). 

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Topics: Medicare

Financial Burdens Family Caregivers Face

Posted by Senior Providers Network on Mar 26, 2019 10:00:00 AM

For primary family caregivers, the financial burden that is incurred when support is needed can be considerable. In terms of financial support, family caregivers provide 68% which comes out of their earnings to support the senior members of their families. This translates to about $180 billion in out-of-pocket expenses every year.

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Topics: Caregiving, Family Caregiver

When is the Right Time for a Senior to Downsize or Move?

Posted by Senior Providers Network on Mar 22, 2019 10:00:00 AM

It seems that we spend much of our lives complaining about how the home is not big enough, only to discover one day that we don’t need all that extra room. At some point, a senior homeowner will face that challenge and must decide whether to downsize, move to a smaller home or an eldercare facility.

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Topics: Family Caregiver

When is it Time to Take the Keys Away from a Senior Loved One?

Posted by Senior Providers Network on Mar 7, 2019 10:00:00 AM

There are many difficult conversations that you will have with your family, but few are as brutal as telling a parent or grandparent that they can no longer drive their vehicle. A vehicle represents more than just transportation, it is independence that allows a person to go where they want, when they want without relying on companion care or you.

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Topics: Caregiving, Family Caregiver

How Can I Take Care of My Parents and Keep My Job?

Posted by Senior Providers Network on Mar 5, 2019 10:00:00 AM

One of the most difficult decisions for children (Family Caregiver) of elderly parents to make is how to take care of them when they have a job. The idea of putting their loved ones in senior care centers has considerable drawbacks. Plus, the thought of if you can take care of your parent, then you should because it is your responsibility.
Of course, giving up your career is something that is not a pleasing idea as well.

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Topics: Family Caregiver

How to Have an End-of-Life Talk with Your Parent

Posted by Funerals 360 on Feb 12, 2019 10:00:00 AM

The death of a parent may be your worst nightmare and the very last thing on your mind as a family caregiver, but discussing preferences and writing down a detailed plan of action now will relieve a huge weight on your shoulders in the future while ensuring they have a say in your final act of caregiving.

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Topics: Family Caregiver

Technology to Assist Family Caregivers and Seniors

Posted by Senior Providers Network on Jan 23, 2019 1:00:21 PM

Here is the situation.  Chronic illness (long-lasting) has replaced acute illness (short duration) as the major health problem of aging adults in America.  Older adults want to live independently in their homes for as long as they safely can.  There is a caregiver shortage and assisted living is very expensive. 

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Topics: Family Caregiver

How to Become a Paid Caregiver for Your Parents

Posted by Senior Providers Network on Jan 17, 2019 10:00:00 AM

If you are one of millions of Americans who are attempting to hold a full time job while also being a family caregiver to your aged parents, you might be wondering how you can be compensated for your time. Now is the time to get the help you need to balance both of these responsibilities. Would you believe that you can become a paid caregiver for your parents? This will give you the income and assistance you need to make sure that your parents are provided with the care they need. It will also help you get the extra income that you require to take care of your personal financial responsibilities.

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Topics: Caregiving, home care