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Medicaid for Long-Term Nursing Home Care

Friday, 15 June 2012 08:03

older_coupleIf a loved one is facing a long-term nursing home stay, there is a good chance that qualifying for Medicaid assistance will become important.  Ohio’s Medicaid program pays for 70% of all nursing home costs.

Reducing and preserving assets within Medicaid rules is complicated.  Documentation requirements are extensive and timing is important.  All too frequently, the case workers who judge Medicaid applications make mistakes that cause delay and cost families thousands of dollars.

So where to turn for help?

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Choosing an Assisted Living Facility that is Right for Your Loved One

Thursday, 31 May 2012 07:13

woman_with_daughterMoving a loved one to a care facility is not an easy decision to make.  There are so many options, it can seem almost impossible to know where to start, especially when you are looking at assisted living facilities.  Assisted living facilities offer much more independence than skilled nursing facilities, so you want to ensure that the transition is as painless as possible.  To do this, there are some specific things that you should consider:

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A Mother's Day Tribute

Thursday, 10 May 2012 07:01

mother_and_childThe following story is being shared with you for a multitude of reasons on this Mother’s Day, 2012, about my Mom, JoAnn Novinc:

My mom works in a pharmacy as a pharmacy assistant. Last weekend, she was working and noticed a woman who is elderly standing by the bathroom in the lobby of her employer for a long time. She asked her co-worker if she had helped her. Her co-worker stated that she had not.

My mom went out and talked to the woman to see if she could help her. The woman shared that she was trying to find her husband. The woman stated that her husband had been admitted to the hospital and that she had been driving and driving and could not find the hospital. She stated that she even had to stop for gas because she had been driving for such a long time. My mom asked her where she lived. The woman told my mom the city where she resides. My mom asked the woman if her husband was at hospital that was closer to where they live.  The woman stated no. My mom told the woman that she would help her find her husband.

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National Children's Mental Health Awareness Week

Tuesday, 01 May 2012 07:10

kidsNational Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week is May 6 through May 12.  You can find year-round educational seminars near you by visiting the Child Mind Institute website. A child’s mental health may be affected by stress.  Some stress can be beneficial, but if you are concerned that your child is too stressed, you may encourage him or her to take the stress-o-meter quiz.

- Posted by Amanda Buzo

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