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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?"

Interview Questions to Ask a Caregiver for the Elderly

Woman being interviewed for a cargiver position

For most of us, a job interview means answering questions instead of asking them. It’s just the way the world works. There are more workers than bosses.

But now you’re in a situation where you’re the one doing the hiring. The position: a caregiver to look after an elderly family member. Continue reading "Interview Questions to Ask a Caregiver for the Elderly"

How to Hire a Caregiver for Your Elderly Parent

Caregiver feeding linch to elderly patient - Hire a caregiver for your elderly parent

In our last blog post, we discussed some ways you could determine whether it was time to hire a caregiver for an elderly parent who has decided to age in place.

This week, we’re going to take the next step: how to hire a caregiver for the elderly. Continue reading "How to Hire a Caregiver for Your Elderly Parent"

Is it Time to Hire a Caregiver for Your Elderly Parent?

Is it time to hire a caregiver for your elderly parent?

When you went home to your mom’s house for the holidays this year, you noticed something was off.

Maybe she seemed more forgetful than usual. Or maybe you found expired food in the refrigerator or a stack of unpaid bills on the counter. Continue reading "Is it Time to Hire a Caregiver for Your Elderly Parent?"

5 New Year’s Eve Ideas for Seniors

Senior with party favor

It might seem like ringing in the New Year is a young man’s game.

Alcohol, crowds, staying up past midnight: none of them may be attractive – or feasible – for the senior citizens in your life.

Yet the New Year is a cause for everyone to celebrate, not just people who want to party like it’s 1999 when 2019 arrives.

Here a few New Year’s Eve ideas for seniors that can help your elderly parents living with you feel like part of the festivities this December 31. Continue reading "5 New Year’s Eve Ideas for Seniors"

Best Christmas Gifts for Seniors

Senior couple at Christmas

When it comes to holiday shopping, little kids make it easy. They are more than willing to tell us – and keep telling us – what they want.

Then as people get older, they become harder to shop for: think about all the times a parent or grandparent has told you “Oh, you don’t have to get me anything.” Continue reading "Best Christmas Gifts for Seniors"