What’s in a Will?

Thinking about creating a Will, but not sure what that really means? The structure of an Estate Plan will vary from person to person, but a comprehensive Will should include the following documents: 1. Last Will and Testament 2. Financial Power of Attorney 3. Healthcare Directives A Comprehensive Estate Plan Your Last Will and Testament is a legal document that …

Senior Caregiving Often Means “Financial Caregiving”

Senior-care game plans aren’t easy to put together. The medical considerations alone are burdensome. Coordinating doctors, appointments, medications, and treatment therapies requires more time and thought than most people realize. View image | gettyimages.com Even more onerous, though, are the financial considerations. In fact, a recent article at WealthManagement.com suggests that most of what we call “senior caregiving” is actually …

Do You Need a Living Will?

  Many of us have shared the same nightmare. We are slowly dying in a hospital bed, tubes going in and out of your body, being kept alive by machines. Even worse, we are unable to communicate our wishes to our caregivers and loved ones gathered around. No one knows what we want. The way to prevent this nightmare from …

How Does That Nursing Home Grade?

Nursing Home Grades After Changes to the Federal Grading Scale By the end of 2014, federal programs Medicare and Medicaid implemented a new grading scale to rate nursing home facilities. The new scale makes it harder for nursing homes to achieve more stars on a 5 star grading scale. With the latest report, more homes than ever before have received …

Dehydration: A Hidden Danger for Seniors

Dehydration might seem like it belongs on the less serious end of the senior illness spectrum, but the condition actually affects everything from energy levels to organ health. Some medications for the elderly depend on adequate hydration levels to prevent toxicity. View image | gettyimages.com Unfortunately, seniors are at higher risk for dehydration than any other age group. To make …