- Series: Long-Term Care
- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: NOLO; Eleventh edition (October 24, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1413323111
- ISBN-13: 978-1413323115
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #454,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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ones. The author covers making decisions about long-term care, at-home care, organized senior residences, nursing facilities, care for elders with Alzheimer’s disease, hospice care, Medicare and veterans benefits, Medicaid coverage for long-term care, long-term care insurance, and a wide variety of other related subjects. The author is a practicing attorney based in California. " Eithne O'Leyne Editor, ProtoView
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A big strength of this book is its recognition that this is not a one-size-fits-all situation. Seniors vary in physical and cognitive condition, financial situation, family and social relationships, geographical region, and, also important, personality characteristics. These are all significant factors. For example, it mentions that different facilities often have different rules that control residents' actions and lives. Some of these may be just what the residents needs or, conversely, too much for their personality to bear. As a result, author Joseph Matthews does not provide answers but rather a comprehensive list of questions to ask, factors to consider, and places to look for answers. There are links to web resources and to the NOLO website, which provides updates when significant information changes. AND there are definitions of the many terms and acronyms involved in long-term care.
There are specific discussions of the types of living arrangements, ranging from in-home help at various levels through independent senior residences, assisted living, and nursing homes. In addition to factors to consider, there is information about certifying agencies that could help you decide among various facilities. There was no discussion, though, of differences among the various types of in-home help, such as Certified Nursing Assistants, Nursing Assistants, Medical Assistants, Licenses Practical Nurses, and others; this would be very helpful. There are separate chapters on two of the most challenging situations: Alzheimer’s care and hospice. These chapters provide a very thorough presentation of the things you need to consider. For example, I was pleased to see a discussion of what you can do if you are not happy with a hospice facility you have chosen.
After you decide what level of care is best, the next question is how to pay for it. Again, thus book does not give you the answer, but it gives tools to help you make the best decision. For example, many people do not realize that Medicare pays for long-term care only in very limited circumstances or that it does pay for some in-home care. There are chapters on benefts for veterans and Medicaid coverage for long-term care and how to find out if you qualify. Another chapter describes the “Myths and Realities of LTCI” (long-term care insurance to the civilians among us!).
A final “bonus” chapter discusses elder fraud and should be required reading for older people and their families. It discusses who commits elder fraud, what kinds of fraud commonly target senior citizens, and where to go for help if you are a victim. One source of help it does not mention, however, is your local police department, many of which have senior liaison officers who are knowledgeable and skilled at dealing with older citizens.
No book is going to make navigating the world of long-term care simple, but the information in NOLO’s Long-Term Care should will give you confidence and skills to make better choices for yourself or your elderly relatives in their later years.
This book will help you....
Explore options for home care, assisted living and nursing home
Get the most out of Medicaid, Medicare & Veteran's programs
Make an informed decision about whether to purchase long-term care insurance
Consider special needs of those with dementia or Alzheimer's
Learn how to protect against elder fraud
For the past few years, we've planned on contacting an attorney who specializes in Senior citizens to learn how best to prepare for our future - in particular, how we need to prepare if either or us needs long term care. This book answers all of our questions...It even explains the pros & cons of purchasing long term care insurance. We put it off because we never quite understood it enough to know if we would be wasting our money. The information provided in this book helped me realize that, for us, not purchasing long term care insurance was the right decision.
The section "Strategies to Protect Your Assests" was extremely informative & helpful too.
I'll say it again...This book is an excellent, informative, easy-to-understand resource for those who need to understand Long-Term Care and all its options. I also appreciate the fact that NOLO keeps their website up-to-date with current & legal updates to this book.