Cancer screenings covered by Medicare

May 29, 2023 — If found early enough, many cancers can be kept in check. Some even eradicated. To encourage early detection, Medicare pays 100% (in most cases) for screening tests. Your loved one may have a copay and/or Medicare percentage for the doctor’s exam to administer a test. Or a  facility fee for a colonoscopy. To get the... Read More

Tinnitus: Ringing in the ears

May 22, 2023 — Tinnitus is often described as a ringing in the ears. But it can also be more of a clicking sound, a humming sound, or buzzing, hissing, or roaring. Ninety percent of people with the condition also have hearing loss. Tinnitus is not a disease. Instead, it is thought to be the brain’s response to a... Read More

Moving to memory care

May 15, 2023 — Once you decide memory care is the wisest path, the next step is choosing a facility and creating a smooth moving day. Many memory care communities have a “move-in coordinator” or other family liaison. Rely on this professional for guidance. Ease the change with these tips: Involve your loved one in the choice of facility.... Read More

Lessons from the seriously ill

May 8, 2023 — A long-time hospice nurse—someone deeply committed to caring for the seriously ill—created this list of the top five deathbed regrets she frequently observed in her patients. She vowed to take these lessons to heart. Do any of these ring true for you? I wish I had lived MY life, not the life others expected of... Read More

The care plan and meeting

May 1, 2023 — If your loved one is admitted to a skilled nursing facility, Medicare requires the staff develop an initial, personalized care plan within the first 48 hours. This describes who should be doing what. Then, within the first 14 days, the staff must assemble a comprehensive assessment, which must include your loved one’s needs and strengths.... Read More