Aging & Senior Care Resources


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Help With Home-Care Bills

If assets or income disqualify your parents from Medicaid benefits, it’s still possible to find public and not-for-profit programs that either subsidize home care for middle-income people or offer aid in other ways.

Start by checking with the state or county department on aging where your parents live. You can find it at eldercare.gov, a site run by the Administration on Aging. Another useful website is payingforseniorcare.com.

Here are steps to take if you’re not Medicaid-eligible:

Look Into Government Programs

• Investigate PACE. Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly is designed to keep Medicaid- and Medicare-eligible people out of nursing facilities. Participants can get in-home care, including help with activities of daily living………….

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• See what your state provides. In some states, seniors who don’t qualify for Medicaid can participate in reasonably priced, state-funded home-care programs. Participants are responsible for an income-indexed monthly co-payment………….

• Use veterans benefits. Aid and Attendance and Housebound allowances are supplemental monthly benefits for veterans already receiving a monthly VA pension and requiring healthcare. Veterans and surviving spouses qualify if they have certain disabilities or need help with activities such as dressing, bathing, and feeding, among other criteria. Go to the pension section of vets.gov for more information.

Enlist Volunteers

• Find a companion. The Senior Companions program of the federally funded Corporation for National and Community Service sends volunteers into homes to help with nonmedical daily living tasks. These companions are at least 55 years old. They spend 15 to 40 hours a week serving two to four senior clients. 

• Accept a helping hand. Assistance networks run by religious organizations and other nonprofits coordinate volunteer programs in some states. In Minnesota, volunteers from the not-for-profit Living at Home Network help 10,000 seniors with transportation, home-delivered meals, home chores, some nursing care, and accessibility modifications, such as building wheelchair ramps.

• Get free meals. Any homebound senior or disabled person is eligible to receive Meals on Wheels, though the focus in many communities is on lower-income recipients. Most clients get one meal per day. Volunteers deliver meals, socialize with the elderly, and assess their living situation for safety—a plus for someone living alone. There may be a waitlist in your area. For information, go to mealsonwheelsamerica.org.

• Care for the caregiver. Respite services help unpaid caregivers refuel mentally and physically by providing a qualified person to take over for a few hours or overnight…………… Find local respite programs through the Respite Locator at Access to Respite Care and Help (ARCH).

Take Advantage of Tax Breaks

• Claim your parent as a dependent. Check with a tax professional about whether you should claim a parent as a dependent on your federal return……….

• Write off medical costs. If home care means costly supplies, services, and modifications to your relative’s home, your family might save more money by having a lower-income senior claim them on his or her own taxes.   Only the unreimbursed costs that exceed 10 percent of adjusted gross income are deductible. Go to the deductions section of the IRS’ Interactive Tax Assistant or consult a tax pro.

• Use employee benefits. If the senior is your dependent, you can contribute up to $5,000 in pretax dollars to an employer’s dependent-care flexible spending plan and $2,600 to a medical flex account. At a marginal tax rate of 28 percent, you’ll save $2,128 putting away those maximums. Savings in a tax-favored health savings account can be used the same way toward the qualified medical expenses of your dependent parent.

Don’t Give Up on Medicaid Eligibility

Even if your parent can’t spend down assets in time to qualify for Medicaid, investigate strategies to make him or her eligible. Diverting some income to a trust may do the trick, says Bernard Krooks, an estate and elder-law attorney based in New York. These legal vehicles go by various names, including a Miller Trust, pooled income trust, or Qualifying Income Trust.

“The risk, of course, is that if the senior then needs nursing-home care, the five-year look-back still applies for Medicaid-funded care,” Krooks notes.

Here are some often overlooked ways to ease the financial burden

Senior Employment Programs and Resources

Written by: Carolyn Kleiman, Professional Resume Writer

Updated: July 13, 2022

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts a polarizing growth pattern within the labor force between 2020 and 2030. Workers ages 16-54 are projected to surpass those ages 55 and older within the next decade, and the 75-and-older group alone is expected to increase by 96.5%. Simultaneously, the 16-24 age group is likely to see a 7.5% decline. Many seniors are choosing to continue working or return from retirement. According to the Council on Aging, 73% of seniors don’t work because they need to; they work because they want to.

With these projected numbers, it’s important for older adults to use resources like the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) to find a job that will work for them. The SCSEP is “the nation’s oldest program to help low-income, unemployed individuals aged 55+ find employment.” The program focuses on matching older adults with proper training and job opportunities, often leading to permanent employment. This guide provides tips for reentering the workforce and what seniors need to know about SCSEP. https://www.resumebuilder.com/senior-employment-programs-and-resources/

How to Use the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)

Paying For Senior Care

Aging Americans are struggling to pay for assisted living, home care and other forms of long term care. Our mission is to solve this puzzle by providing tools, information and creative ideas which help families and caregivers discover the means to care for their elderly loved ones.

Find Financial Assistance for Care

Search our database of local, state, federal and non-profit financial assistance programs for assisted living, in-home and Alzheimer’s care. Discover those programs for which your family is eligible.

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Find Quality, Affordable Care

Use our free service to find the most affordable, high-quality assisted living, home care, adult day care and nursing homes in your city or town.

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Lower Your Home Care Costs

Discover creative ideas for lowering the cost of senior living and in-home care including negotiating tactics, tax breaks, respite care, low cost or free medications and many other ideas.

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Understand Your Insurance Benefits

Get the most from your health coverage by understanding Medicare, Medicaid and veterans benefits for home and residential care and for making home modifications which enable your loved to age in place.

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Emergency Housing Guide

https://www.payingforseniorcare.com/emergency-housing-guide

Federal Programs That Provide Emergency Housing For Seniors

2-1-1

2-1-1 helps seniors and others in need connect with urgent resources via United Way. By dialing 2-1-1, seniors can access local shelters, transitional housing and programs that can provide food, mental health support or health care services.

Each program that 2-1-1 refers callers to may have subject specific application and eligibility requirements.

Housing Choice Voucher Program

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides housing choice vouchers (HCV) for at-risk families, individuals and elderly persons who are unable to afford housing. Those who participate in the HCV program can access lower-cost, subsidized housing, with a portion of rent being paid by the government directly to their landlord.

How to Apply……..https://www.payingforseniorcare.com/emergency-housing-guide

NursingHomesAbuse.org

At NursingHomesAbuse.org, our mission is to help the countless nursing home residents who have suffered abuse and neglect by those entrusted with their care. Abuse of senior citizens in nursing homes and assisted living facilities is widespread and often goes unreported.

Physical Abuse

Emotional Abuse

Financial Abuse

Sexual Abuse

Neglect

What to Do After Reporting Nursing
Home Abuse

If you file a report for nursing home abuse, make sure to document all items in your report. These can include types of abuse, evidence seen, and the names of individuals suspected of engaging in the abuse. Next, consult an attorney to determine whether the nursing home or long-term care facility may be liable for abuse or wrongful death.

Long-term care facilities may be responsible if they are understaffed, have engaged in negligent hiring practices, make medication errors, or provide inadequate staff training. Staff and contractors may be held responsible for intentional harm or neglect.

If you suspect abandonment and other forms of nursing home abuse, reach out to our experienced legal team for a free case review.

We provide education and resources for seniors and their loved ones as part of a larger effort to stop the cycle of neglect and abuse that has reached epidemic levels in nursing homes and other care facilities across the country.Nursing home abuse is common in the United States. Older adults get hurt, are neglected, and even die in the same facilities where they should be receiving proper care.

Elder abuse can take many forms.  It can be verbal, physical, or psychological. Similarly, the effects of

nursing home abuse can include trauma responses, depression, and even extremes such as death.Injuries in nursing homes are widespread. Each year, tens of thousands of nursing home residents face serious injuries in the same facilities that promise to care for them. These injuries have various causes, such as abuse or neglect. They can range from minor to severe, and in the worst cases, result in death.It’s important to familiarize yourself with the most common types of nursing home injuries, signs that might indicate abuse or neglect, and legal rights you can pursue if you or someone you know is injured while a resident of a nursing home.  If you become aware of an elderly person who is experiencing nursing home abuse, you must notify the proper authorities as soon as possible. Doing so can help someone in a difficult situation and potentially even save their life.

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The aging adult population is growing in the U.S

The aging adult population is growing in the U.S, and so is the need for appropriate housing. Assisted living communities are well equipped to help residents manage daily living activities, and they empower seniors to thrive, boosting their physical, mental, and social well-being.

Choosing the best facility, however, can be time-consuming and overwhelming for seniors and their loved ones. Our resources help aging adults and their families explore available communities, costs, and payment options. 

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SENIOR HOUSING AND CARE RESOURCES

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Healthy Aging

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Caregivers often question their choices when caring for a loved one. This information will help you gain confidence.

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Senior Moving Guide: Storage and Housing Assistance

Written by: StorageUnits.com Editorial Team – Updated: Jun 15, 2022

Moving a household is no easy feat for anyone, young or old. Whether it’s time for you to move on from the home you’ve been in for decades or your lease is up and you need a change, moving as a senior comes with its own set of unique challenges. Our guide covers advice on how to know you’re ready for a move, what to look for in a new home, and how to transition smoothly. We’ll also talk about how to find the best storage options and what kind of moving companies have tailored their moving services to the specific needs of seniors. https://www.storageunits.com/senior-storage/

National Association of Specialty & Senior Move Managers® – NASMM

Recognizing and managing the stress of relocating older adults, individuals and families is the hallmark of the National Association of Specialty & Senior Move Managers® (NASMM) Additionally, NASMM members will help you downsize, organize and simplify your current home through our NASMM@Home program.

The National Association of Specialty & Senior Move Managers® is the leading membership organization for Move Managers in the United States, Canada and abroad.

NASMM Senior Move Managers® have significant expertise in resources and approaches that save money, reduce stress, and produce quality results. Services are client-centered and personalized to meet your specific needs and preferences.

All general members of the National Association of Senior & Specialty Move Managers (NASMM) must meet strict vetting requirements before approval. These requirements include:

  • Obtain general business liability insurance
  • Complete and pass NASMM’s 4-part Cornerstone Course program
  • Provide a link to a live website highlighting their Senior Move Management services
  • Sign and abide by the NASMM Code of Ethics, as well as submit to oversight and guidance from the NASMM Ethics Compliance Commission (NECC)

We are confident that NASMM members represent the most qualified, ethical and capable Move Managers in this rapidly growing profession.

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THE BEST MEDICAL ALERT SYSTEMS FOR 2022

MedicalAlert.org provides our seniors and their loved ones with free guides to help them make informed decisions when it comes to medical alert devices. We have compiled all the information and insight in one place so our seniors and their families can easily compare systems, features, and prices to find the technology that will best allow them to live independently at a price they can afford.

You can check out their link here: https://www.medicalalert.org/best-medical-alert-systems/

Safety for Elderly: The Ultimate Guide

Posted on July 09, 2021 by Dawna M. Roberts in Safety

Many of our older loved ones enjoy their independence. However, it is essential to recognize that aging can introduce safety issues where before there were none. Consult this ultimate guide for senior citizens to ensure senior safety for your loved ones.

Basic Tips for Senior Safety Through the Home

Home upkeep can be challenging even for those who are young and in good health, but for seniors, the home can present various dangers that may be prevented with a few quick changes. The home safety checklist for seniors below will help you ensure senior safety for all elderly persons living in the home.

Safety for the elderly tips include:

  • Install a   medical alert system  – Technology has made it easier to keep an eye on a loved one, and the market has many senior safety products for the home. Some personal elderly safety devices for the elderly include Apple Watch (which can call 911 if the senior falls) or a medical alert device they can wear and push a button to ask for help when they need it. Wearables are a great way to keep track of an aging parent and their wellness. Other safety devices include home security cameras so you can check-in and see that your loved one is safe. Someone with Alzheimer’s is especially at risk and should have a way to initiate an emergency response as part of their home security system. There are dozens of senior safety devices and senior alert systems to choose from. Check reviews online to find the best one.
  • Fire, smoke, and poison detection – Purchase and install smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and fire extinguishers on every floor. Fire safety is a critical part of safety for seniors.
  • Check the lighting – Ensure that hallways, staircases, and all rooms are well-lit to avoid the risk of falling and injuries. Check the entire house and increase light bulb wattage to illuminate dark areas. Many seniors suffer from poor eyesight. Install nightlights, too, so that seniors can safely use the bathroom in the middle of the night.
  • Bathroom safety for elderly – To ensure senior safety in the bathroom, install grab bars in the shower, a shower chair, and shatterproof shower doors. Put down a rubber mat in the tub to prevent slipping.
  • Review trip and fall areas – Rugs, toys, and other hazards can cause a senior to trip and fall and potentially injure themselves seriously. Do a thorough evolution of every room and remove all tripping threats, especially near stairs. Fall prevention is another very important aspect of home safety for elderly adults. Don’t let seniors use a step stool without help.
  • Kitchen safety – Assess the kitchen for safety hazards and move items down that are too high to reach. Consider a touchless faucet so your elder won’t have to struggle to use the sink. Get rid of any rugs that may present a tripping hazard.
  • Remove clutter throughout the home for safety – Clutter can be a source of stress for seniors but can also result in trips and injuries. Clean up the house and help your senior keep it clean.
  • Make the phone easily accessible – Keep the phone in a place where your senior can easily reach it if they need help.
  • Stairlift – If your senior cannot manage the stairs any longer, consider installing a stairlift system. Be sure to tighten and secure hand railings, especially if your senior puts a lot of weight on them for support.
  • Rearrange the furniture – Remove excess furniture and move pieces around so your loved one can get around easily.

Use this home safety checklist for seniors to create a safe environment for your loved ones and provide you with peace of mind.

  • Other home safety tips – You may also want to install handrails in areas where your senior citizen could fall. Bed rails also help them from falling out of bed at night. Even someone without any disabilities may eventually need a wheelchair or assisted living. You can vet any potential caregivers by doing an online background check. Family members can take turns checking in on and helping seniors with healthcare issues and their overall quality of life.

Senior Safety – Driving

You can also outfit your senior’s vehicle with a steering wheel lock or car alarm to protect your loved one from vehicle theft.

Consult your local Department of Motor Vehicles to determine the criteria to evaluate whether your senior should still be driving. Most DMVs require annual driving and vision tests, but you can keep an eye on things and determine early when it might be time to quit driving.

Senior Driving safety

Technology and Senior Safety

Technology can lend a huge hand when it comes to keeping older adults safe. If you have been wondering how to make a smart home for the safety of the elderly, review the tips below to find out.

Some safety tips for the elderly include:

  • Door guards – Install door guards to keep forgetful seniors from wandering away from home.
  • GPS smartwatches – Have your loved one wear a smartwatch with GPS enabled so you can locate them if they get lost.
  • Anti-scalding device – For seniors who have reduced tactile sensitivity, an anti-scalding device can help prevent burns.
  • Smart-home speakers – To ensure smart home safety for the elderly, install voice-activated speakers so seniors can communicate with other people in the house or call for help if they have an accident and need help.
  • Monitoring system – Install a house-wide monitoring system with cameras and microphones to keep a close eye on your loved ones and ensure they are safe. Being able to view them remotely also allows you to call for help in an emergency if they cannot.
  • Smart doorbell – Install a smart doorbell so your senior can see who is at the door without getting up, and they can feel more secure knowing who is outside before opening the door to strangers.
  • Trained service dogs –  Trained service dogs or other therapy pets are an excellent companions for a senior living alone. Not only do they provide comfort, support, and unconditional love, some are trained to call for help in the event of an emergency.

Internet Safety for Elderly People

The internet is a great resource but can also be challenging for older adults. Many cybercriminals target seniors, thus the need for internet safety for seniors.

Some tips regarding cyber safety for the elderly include:

  • Protect your computer – Keep your loved one’s computer protected by locking it with a password and keeping it in a safe place. Do not allow teens or young children access to the computer. Disable camera and microphone access when the computer is not in use.
  • Passwords: your first line of defense – Teach your senior how to create safe passwords and install a password vault, so you only have to remember one. The password vault will also log them in safely to each website account.
  • Install a firewall – If the PC or Mac does not have a firewall, install one and configure it to the highest security settings. Sometimes you can install one directly on the router. Some ISPs like Xfinity have built-in security features like a firewall and intruder alerts.
  • Install an antivirus program – Seniors should install reputable antivirus/anti-malware software on their computer and run scans often.
  • Installing ad blockers – Most browsers come equipped with ad blockers. Be sure to turn them on for your senior, so they don’t get inundated with ads popping up or unwanted distractions.
  • Use complex passwords – Whenever signing up for a new account or service, instruct your senior to use a long, complex password made up of (at least 8 characters) numbers, letters, and symbols. Never  reuse passwords on multiple websites; always create a unique one for each account.
  • Turn on multi-factor authentication – Whenever it is offered, turn on biometrics or multi-factor authentication to keep accounts safe.
  • Learn computer safety tips– Something like never clicking a link or downloading attachments in email is one good safety tip. Look online for other computer safety best practices.
Internet Safety Guide for Elderly