This month’s column arises from a friend’s troubles dealing with her mother, who lives in California, has mounting challenges, and…
If you have an elderly relative (or are someone’s aging relative!), you may be interested in a legally documented “caregiver agreement,” a formal contract under which relatives are paid to care for aging family members.
Thirty years ago, I was a driving instructor – helping Spanish-speaking adults in Los Angeles become licensed drivers. Like me, many of those adults were Baby Boomers – born between 1946 and 1964. By 2030, this country’s over-65 population will number 71 million, more than double what it was in 2000. So the odds are that at some point, some proportion of those people I taught to drive should probably be persuaded to stop driving.
Experience recently taught us more about Medicare coverage after hospitalization. For review: At www.medicare.gov, you find that “Medicare is a health insurance program for people age 65 or older, some disabled people under age 65, and people of all ages with End-Stage Renal Disease …” It’s a federal program administered by the states. If you qualify for Medicare, Part A covers hospitalization, Part B covers medical insurance such as doctors’ visits, and Part D is prescription drug coverage. Part A is our focus this month.
There was an understandable uproar recently when the Poulsbo assisted living facility, Liberty Shores, abruptly issued eviction notices to 11 residents for whom the facility was receiving Medicaid payments. Just as abruptly, the facility announced some 10 days later that it was reversing the decision to withdraw from the Medicaid program.