Judge Accepts Medicare’s Plan To Remedy Misunderstanding On Therapy Coverage

A federal judge has accepted Medicare’s plans to try once more to correct a commonly held misconception that beneficiaries’ are eligible for coverage for physical and occupational therapy and other skilled care only if their health is improving.

“Confusion over the Improvement Standard persists,” wrote U.S. District Court Chief Judge Christina Reiss in Vermont in a decision released by the court Thursday. Advocates for seniors say coverage is often mistakenly denied simply because the beneficiary reaches “a plateau” and is no longer making progress.


Posted by editor on Mon, 06 Feb 2017 13:02 | Permalink

Should You Move Your Senior Parents Close to Should You Move Your Senior Parents Close to You?

Living far away from your family can be a struggle at any point in life, but as your parents age and certain tasks become more difficult for them, it becomes especially hard. Being the caregiver for an aging loved one requires a lot of time, effort and energy – but being a long-distant caregiver brings its share of extra challenges.

If every time your loved one needs you at their side during a hospital stay, you have to spend several hours and a good amount of cash traveling to get there, you’ll quickly find the situation unsustainable.

That introduces the difficult question many families face: should you move your senior parents close to you?

It’s not a question with an easy answer and figuring out what will work for you and your family requires looking closely at your particular situation and the needs of your loved one. One thing’s for certain though, it’s much easier to make that move before your loved one suffers an injury or medical emergency, so talking about it proactively will be best for everyone involved.


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Legal Dispute Continues Over Medicare Coverage Of Physical Therapy

Four years after Medicare officials agreed in a landmark court settlement that seniors can't be denied coverage for physical therapy and other skilled care simply because their condition isn't improving, patients are still being turned away.

As a result, federal officials and Medicare advocates have renewed their federal court battle, acknowledging that they cannot agree on a way to fix the problem. Earlier this month, each submitted ideas to the judge, who will decide — possibly within the next few months — what measures should be taken.


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Hospice: When is Hospice Care Appropriate?

So when is the right time to have the conversation about switching an individual’s plan-of-care from curative treatment (intended to cure the illness or disease at hand) to hospice, which focuses on keeping the patient happy and comfortable during their final days, weeks and in some cases, months, and helping prepare both the patient and family – both mentally and emotionally – for the inevitable loss they will soon endure?


Posted by editor on Mon, 06 Feb 2017 13:02 | Permalink

Health care issues for the elderly draw attention in Texas

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - On a bright, windy day in this town on the southern tip of Texas, Sandalio Mata sat in a rocking chair, doing a crossword puzzle outside his postage-stamp house off an alley.

The Houston Chronicle (http://bit.ly/2k0cVkp ) reports Mata, still spry at 91 after a life working as a migrant farm laborer, had just returned from a community center for elderly, where he finds companionship and care paid through Medicaid, the federal health care program for the poor. Medicaid also pays for the care of his wife, Maria, 85, whose arthritis-swollen knees make it difficult for her to move around and keeps her at home.

That care comes from their daughter, Nina Newell, who works for a home health agency, earning just above minimum wage to do small chores around the house, make sure Maria takes the right medications, and keep her company. “I love to work with the elderly,” Newell said in Spanish, holding her mother’s frail hands.


Posted by editor on Mon, 06 Feb 2017 13:02 | Permalink

Politicians aiming to cut Social Security and Medicare use weasel words to hide their plans. Let's call them on it.

In this era in which the Orwellian manipulation of language by politicians to say the opposite of what they mean has reached a fever pitch, we should be especially wary when conservatives hide their plans to cut Social Security and Medicare benefits behind a smokescreen of euphemism.

Jared Bernstein, a fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and a former chief economist to Vice President Joe Biden, has put in a plea to journalists to call out policy makers when they pull this stunt—and not to empower politicians by doing the same thing.


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Recognition belongs to sector, says honoured aged care leader

Researchers explore how it could help seniors with dementia, depression and anxiety

Seniors probably aren't the first demographic that comes to mind when you think of virtual reality. But a few groups in Canada believe a dose of VR might just make the perfect medicine.

Researchers in different parts of the country are looking into how VR can be prescribed to elderly patients to rehabilitate them from things like strokes, treat depression, dementia and anxiety, and serve as an escape from their hospital or hospice beds.


Posted by editor on Sun, 05 Feb 2017 15:02 | Permalink

Teach The Elderly To Become Tech Savvy With These Simple Hacks

The rapid pace at which technology is changing today makes it hard for anyone but the most digitally savvy to keep up. And, it gets only tougher as one enters their senior years. It is no surprise that the elderly and the old often find themselves at sea when confronted with a smartphone or PC. But then there is technology to help handle technology. Improvements in user interface, for instance, have gone a long way in helping senior citizens get a handle of tech gadgets.

Thanks to these tech hacks, seniors you know will soon be well on their way to becoming tech masters…..


Posted by editor on Sun, 05 Feb 2017 15:02 | Permalink

Helping seniors to stay healthy

Leslie Roberts doesn’t take it easy on the elderly — but that’s one of her strong suits.

Three times a week Roberts encourages Jackson Hole seniors to sweat with exercises to raise heart rates, tone muscles, test balance and keep cognition sharp. But while her “Leslie’s Fitness” classes are popular with Baby Boomers and beyond, they certainly aren’t easy — even for her.

She works out just to teach them.

“If I don’t, I can’t do the classes,” said Roberts, 63. “It’s not a place that you go and sit around.”


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Aged Care Market: New Market Research Report Announced; Global Industry Analysis 2016 – 2023

Most of us want to remain independent and stay in control, but due to growing age our ability starts to decline. Hence, the concept of aged care is introduced, for an easy and better living with proper nursing facility for the higher age group. It is also known as elderly care or eldercare. It emphasizes on the personal and social needs of senior citizens as they need some assistance in their daily activities and medical support who desire to age gracefully. A special act has been taken by the Australian Government for senior citizens known as The Aged Care Act 1997 for people who are unable to live independently of their own. It promises to provides them better and longer living. It is an important distinction that the designing of house, services, activities and employee training of global elderly care falls under the unpaid market sector. The main agenda is to ensure that eldercare services are targeted towards people and areas with the utmost need, it facilitate access to aged care services by those who need them, irrespective of culture, race, language, gender and economic background. Focus is also given on people who are homeless or lives in remote areas and special care is also provided for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) group. Programs are being adopted for the community based care for older people those are Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) and Home Care Packages Program. These provides coordinated and personalized home care and also offers four classes of package to assist aged people with simple, low, high and very high care needs.


Posted by editor on Tue, 31 Jan 2017 10:01 | Permalink