June 25, 2012 § 1 Comment
Weekly Law Blog
Since the downturn of the economy, costs for health care have been on the rise. According to a 2011 market survey of long-term care costs, the national average daily rate for a private room in a nursing home rose last year from $229 in 2010 to $239 in 2011. Similarly, the national average monthly base rate in an assisted living community rose from $3,293 in 2010 to $3,477 in 2011.
These rising costs are frightening to many young caregivers who are trying to find the best way to care for their loved one. If your loved one is suffering from dementia or other chronic diseases such as chronic hypertension, physical disability, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, mental illness and developmental disability, you may want to look into an adult day care program. « Read the rest of this entry »
June 18, 2012 § Leave a comment
Last week, Illinois Governor Quinn signed into law reform bill SB2840. The bill completely eliminates funding to the Illinois Cares Rx program. This program helped thousands of Illinois seniors access necessary prescription drugs that they otherwise would be unable to afford.
Illinois Cares Rx was cut to help Illinois cut their budget in order to recover from its financial crisis, but the cuts are likely to cause more financial burden on an already weakened hospital system and eventually higher costs to the state. With the soaring cost of prescription drugs, seniors without aid will be forced to make decisions like paying for utilities or paying for prescription drugs. For those that choose to reduce their dosages or quit taking their pills altogether, it is easy to see how expensive emergency room visits will be on the rise. « Read the rest of this entry »
June 13, 2012 § Leave a comment
When living at home becomes a danger for your parent, deciding where your loved one should move is heart wrenching. Unfortunately, that is only half the battle because once the parent moves, then family is faced with another hefty decision of what to do with the vacated home. It can be tough because many times the home in question has been in the family for many years and there is likely sentimental attachments for the parent as well as the children. Now add on the extra burden of having to sell a home in a down market and the decision just gets more complicated. « Read the rest of this entry »
June 5, 2012 § Leave a comment
Anyone who has had the painful experience of caring for a loved one at the end of their life knows it is hard to make the time better per say, but there are ways to make the final moments more meaningful by eliminating as much stress as possible.
My advice is to start planning early. Try to make some of the tough decisions before your loved one is too sick to be able to communicate clearly. Having a plan and some directives will lessen the stress for everyone involved. Emotions are already so high when dealing with an ailing family member, trying to make difficult decisions will only add to the strain and confusion. « Read the rest of this entry »