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Choose the Right Long-Term Care: Home Care, Assisted Living & Nursing Homes 4th Edition

4.5 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0873378246
ISBN-10: 0873378245
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A straight-talking guide to choosing and paying for a nursing home, assisted living site, or home care. -- Leonard WienerUS New & World Report

This book offers great advice about selecting a nursing home. -- Liz Pulliam Weston Chicago Sun-Times

…evaluates home health, residential nursing care facilities, nursing home insurance; it also looks at Medicare, Medicaid and other benefit programs. -- Modern Maturity

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"One of the best books on the topic."

"This book offers great advice about selecting a nursing home." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Series: Choose the Right Long-Term Care
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Nolo; 4th edition (August 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873378245
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873378246
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,992,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Dave Millman TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 24, 2007
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If you need legal knowledge, and can find a Nolo Press book that covers the topic, just buy it. You won't go wrong. This book is no exception.

An elderly family member is facing choices about whether to enter long term care. We needed to know all the ins and outs of various options, including Medicaid, Medicare, and veterans benefits. This book covers everthing of importance in clear, concise text.

One problem in a situation like this is that the "experts", like the case managers and social workers at hospitals and nursing homes, seldom have the time or incentive to tell you the whole story. It's up to you to figure out what your options are, and what protections you have. This book covers all of the bases in clear, understandable language.

Important note: several laws and regulations regarding transfer of assets and Medicaid/MediCal coverage eligability changed in early 2006. Make sure you understand the current laws. This book was published in late 2006 and is very up-to-date.

Like I said, another winner from Nolo.
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I am in the middle of dealing with a failing parent. I have consulted with all the recommended experts (accountants, multiple attorneys, social workers, private care managers, all the medical people). This book lays out clearly and very helpfully what I had hoped all the attorneys would've, but didn't. This book gives you the information you need to make your own decisions, rather than relying the 'experts' to decide for you. Worth every penny and the time taken to read it.
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I really thought this book would help explore options for long-term care. Nolo books are usually "dummies guide"-style books, written as an introduction to a topic.

I was somewhat surprised to discover this book had nearly no information whatsoever about how to locate an affordable long-term care facility (assisted living, retirement home, live-in nurse, etc). Instead, most of the book focuses on issues like senior health insurance, medicare, reverse mortgages, supplemental insurance, how to decipher a nursing home contract, etc.

My approach to all decisions in life (including health care, long-term care, etc) is this: determine the need, then determine the best way to go about it (meaning, highest quality, most cost efficient, etc).

So when my maternal grandparents were thinking about assisted living, they looked at the high rates and the small room sizes, and hated it. So we all sat down and determined the real *needs* (this process took several weeks): i.e., help with a few meals each week, help with laundry, help getting up & down the stairs, etc.

Once the needs were clearly identified, we took ALL the pre-conceived notions OFF the table (nursing home, assisted living, etc), and started with a completely blank sheet. We determined their needs would be met by staying in their current home but adding (A) a chair lift, (B) a certified nurse to check in once a week (cost of $20 per visit), & (C) hiring part-time help with food and laundry (found on craigslist, cost of $40 per week). All their medical & living were solved with super-affordable methods (MUCH much cheaper than assisted living), AND they are super happy!

This book did not help one iota in our creative problem-solving process.
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Reviews an important but neglected topic. People usually wait until it's too late to plan for this possibility. Long term care insurance is expensive. Medicaid requires asset depletion over a certain time frame. It's a potential minefield. If you have no assets, the government will take care of you. If you are very wealthy, you can afford long term care insurance or pay for this potentiality out of pocket. If you are in between these two extremes, you should read this book.
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I am a senior citizen. That's the age you might think this book should be read. I wish everyone would read it by the time they are 30 years old, start doing research for their future, and, can understand why they need to begin a savings account for thier future.

I had no idea what a CCRC was before I purchased this book. I now live in one, and, believe that I am extremely lucky to be here. There is so much helpful information in this book. Everyone would benefit from it.
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As we get old, we start worrying about certain things, including how to cope with failing health and ability to function independently. If you or a loved one is looking for a comprehensive guide on how to get elders the best appropriate care for what they can afford at a certain stage in their life (e.g., coping with physical impairments, onset of serious ailment, or last few months of life), this book is certainly one of them.

According to the author: "Until recently, older Americans and their families had few choices for elder care. The options were either family care at home or residence in a nursing facility or 'rest home.' Family care often placed an overwhelming burden on adult children and grandchildren and seriously strained family relations. Care in a nursing facility, on the other hand, often created guilty feeling, drained family finances, and restricted the elder's comfort and independence." (page 31)

Fortunately, the options available for elder care have increased in recent years, ranging from hiring home care aides to assist with personal hygiene, dressing, or other physical and non-medical tasks; to occasional visits from nurses to give injections or take blood samples; to assisted living arrangements for more extended care; and finally, for more serious conditions, round the clock nursing care facilities or hospice care.

This guide discusses several options in detail, comparing costs and benefits, and what assistance (e.g., financial, or information on care standards or facility certifications, etc.) you might be able to get from programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, etc.
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