For a long time, this escape to the shore was a tradition in our family. That is, until my wife's father had a mild heart attack a couple years back. After that, he started moving slower; needed more rest. Soon, trips to the shore were too hard on him. It was difficult for everyone to watch this decline, and all we wanted was to be able to help him. Unfortunately, he required the sort of attention that neither I nor my wife could offer; so it was time to consider options.
Assisted-living residences at United Methodist Communities have apartments that residents can make their own, along with a common dining room where meals are served, a nurse’s office where prescription drugs are professionally dispensed and activity rooms for socializing. The great advantage of United Methodist Communities assisted living is that you can ramp up the level of care as the resident needs it, adding services like help with dressing and bathing, or medication reminders. At our assisted living facilities, you only pay for the care that you receive. This philosophy can save families literally tens of thousands of dollars every year.
Medicare is a type of health insurance for senior citizens over the age of 65 who have worked (or whose spouses have worked) for more than 10 years. There are two types of Medicare. Medicare A is available at no cost and covers things like home health care, nursing home care, inpatient hospital care, and hospice. Medicare B is available for a premium (which depends on your income) and covers preventative care, medically necessary care, mental health services, ambulance services, and durable medical equipment. There is also Medicare D, which covers prescriptions.
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Terminally ill seniors will find peace of mind at a hospice care facility. There are 82 hospices in New Jersey to choose from, located along the coastline and further inland. Hospices provide professional care during the final months of a senior’s life, through pain management and grief counseling. Staff will be able to guide seniors and their families on how to cover the costs of hospice care through Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurances.
Caring.com’s Caring Stars award program recognizes the best home care services across the U.S. based on reviews from family caregivers and older adults. This award is meant to help older adults and their loved ones find the best assisted living or in-home care option in their area. The list below shows up to 10 listings that have won the most Caring Stars annual awards in their state, sorted by their current overall average rating. For a complete list of Caring Stars winners for each year, please visit our Caring Stars info center.
It was Paul and Lori Hogan's own personal experience caring for their 100-year-old grandmother in her home that inspired them to launch Home Instead Senior Care in 1994. They realized many families had the same need for in-home care and elder companionship that could help seniors live independently at home. The demand for these important services has been so great, that the company's network now has 800 locally owned franchises across North America and around the globe.
Individuals enrolled in Medicaid’s Personal Preference Program (PPP) are able to self-direct their own care. This is a “Cash and Counseling” program in which the recipients are provided with a cash allowance and the flexibility to spend it as they see fit for their care requirements. Common ways funds are spent are for personal care assistance, assistive technology, and home modifications. It should be noted that a fair amount of counseling is also provided to ensure needs are being met. With this option, individuals are able to hire the care provider of their choosing, including family members. 
What can I say? Mom has always been a bit of a rebel. After high school, she defied her parents by joining the Army Air Corps WASPs and flying planes across the country during WWII. She actually soloed in a plane before she had even driven a car! Grandpa thought she should work on landing a husband, while Grandma felt at least a secretarial desk or department store counter was more "respectable."
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