Category: Caregiver Resources

How to Provide Emotional Support for Your Spouse in Inpatient Rehab

Spouse giving care to his wife during her stay in inpatient rehabilitation.

If your spouse has suffered a health setback that has led them to post-hospital rehab, you may be wondering what you can do to boost their spirits. Here are three ideas for providing emotional support for your spouse during their rehabilitation and recovery journey. How to Provide Support For Your Spouse or Loved One 1…. Read more »

Ask the Expert: How to Involve My Parent When I Help Them

Dear Elonda, My mom has been living at home by herself since my dad passed away three years ago. She was doing okay at first but now she seems to be slowing down a bit. To help her, I go over once or twice a week to do yard work, help with laundry, go grocery… Read more »

Is the Medicare Observation Stay Costing You Money?

Dear Jessica, My father was admitted to the hospital twice in one year for the same type of illness. The second bill was a little more than half the amount of the first one, but Medicare paid hardly any of it. And although his doctor recommended he go to a rehabilitation center after the second… Read more »

How to Involve Your Parent in Care Decisions

Dear Kara: My mother’s health has been steadily declining over the last few years. While she doesn’t have any life-limiting illnesses, she has a number of small health concerns. They have caused her to struggle with mobility and stamina. She is also a little bit confused at times. We have gradually begun making many of… Read more »

Not in the Holiday Spirit? That’s Okay.

Dear Georgette: My father passed away this fall, and my mom is still grieving his loss. They were married for over 50 years. While my husband and I have small children and feel like the holidays should still be a time to celebrate, my mom wants no part of Christmas. We are struggling to try… Read more »

How to Make the Most of My Insurance

Dear Lura: My husband and I are new to Medicare and will be going through our first open enrollment period this fall. There is so much to learn and so many options to consider! We are finding it to be more than a little overwhelming. My sister-in-law keeps telling us to enroll in a Medicare… Read more »

Appropriate Gifts for Your Senior this Holiday Season

Dear Kelli, My wife and I always struggle to find the perfect gift for my parents each holiday season. They have everything they could possibly want or need for their home, and more clothes than they can wear. I’d really like to come up with something new and unique this year. Do you have any… Read more »

Thanking the Caregiver Who Cares for Your Loved One

Dear Mike: With the holiday season approaching, my family would like to do something to show our gratitude for one of the nurses that cares for my mom at her nursing home. While the whole staff is just terrific, this nurse has gone above and beyond to support my mom. We would like to give her… Read more »

What is Quality Income Trust? How Does it Affect My Parents?

Dear Crystal: My parents have both had some serious health issues in recent years. I think in all likelihood, we will need to find a nursing home for them to move to in the very near future. My father is very unsteady on his feet and is falling quite often. Despite telling my mom over… Read more »

Open Enrollment: Who, What, Why and How

Dear Susan: I will be helping my parents through the Medicare Open Enrollment period this year. They opted for a Medicare replacement plan last year, and it hasn’t worked out very well for them. This year we are determined to spend more time researching options and finding a plan that gives them more freedom to… Read more »