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What Does Medicare Part A Cover?

Patient covered by Medicare Part A

While Medicare Part A covers many aspects of your healthcare needs, it’s not a magic cure-all. Created in 1965 as part of the original Medicare legislation, Medicare Part A includes:

  • Inpatient hospital care
  • Limited home healthcare
  • Skilled nursing facility care, in cases where custodial care isn’t the only care necessary
  • Hospice care

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What’s the Difference Between Medicare vs Medicaid?

Medicare vs Medicaid

Medicare vs Medicaid.

They’re both government programs and they both have similar names. But they aren’t interchangeable.

Look closer at these federal health insurance coverage programs and you’ll find some key differences. Read on to learn everything you need to know about Medicare and Medicaid. Continue reading "What’s the Difference Between Medicare vs Medicaid?"

What is Medicare?

Medicare Card and X-Ray

Even if you’re not yet old enough to receive Medicare, you probably have some idea what it is: health insurance for senior citizens.

But that’s a simple explanation for a complicated system. In this blog post, we’ll look at the different parts of Medicare, what they do and how it differs from its sister program, Medicaid. Continue reading "What is Medicare?"

Caregiver vs. Caretaker: Which is Correct for Elder Care?

Caregiver brushing senior woman hair

On the surface, they sound like the same word.

Caregiver and caretaker.

And to some people, the terms caregiver vs. caretaker are interchangeable, although you can argue that a caretaker is someone who looks after things – the guy in charge of a building when no one’s there – while a caregiver is someone who looks after people. Continue reading "Caregiver vs. Caretaker: Which is Correct for Elder Care?"

Is It Time to Fire Your Elderly Parent’s Caregiver?

Home healthcare worker with senior female at home

You’re fired.

Two words no one wants to hear. They’re also two words most of us don’t want to say.

It’s hard firing someone. But sometimes it’s necessary, especially when the person in question is the caregiver you’ve hired to look after your elderly parent. Continue reading "Is It Time to Fire Your Elderly Parent’s Caregiver?"

How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Caregiver for Your Elderly Parent?

Senior and caregiver - cost to hire a caregiver

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been writing about how to find a caregiver for an elderly parent: how to tell whether it’s time, what to look for in a caregiver, how to conduct a job interview when you’re hiring a caregiver for your parent.

But there’s one thing we haven’t addressed yet, and it’s pretty important: the cost of a caregiver. Continue reading "How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Caregiver for Your Elderly Parent?"