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What a Good Long-Term Care Insurance Policy Should Include

As long-term care costs continue to rise, long-term care insurance can help cover expenses, but long-term care insurance contracts are notoriously confusing. How do you figure out what is [...]

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Protecting Your House After You Move Into a Nursing Home

While you generally do not have to sell your home in order to qualify for Medicaid coverage of nursing home care, it is possible the state can file a claim against your house after you die, so [...]

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Getting Paid as a Family Caregiver Through Medicaid

Caring for an ailing family member is difficult work, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be unpaid work. There are programs available that allow Medicaid recipients to hire family [...]

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Report Ranks States on Nursing Home Quality and Shows Families' Conflicted Views

A new report that combines nursing home quality data with a survey of family members ranks the best and worst states for care and paints a picture of how Americans view nursing homes.

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Window Closing for Couples to Use 'Claim Now, Claim More Later' Social Security Strategy

Spouses who are turning full retirement age this year are the last group who can use a strategy to maximize Social Security benefits by choosing whether to take spousal benefits [...]

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Costs of New Long-Term Care Insurance Policies Vary Considerably

We’ve all heard the advice “It pays to shop around,” but this has never been more true than with the current market for long-term care insurance. 

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Guns and Dementia: Dealing With A Loved One's Firearms

Having a loved one with dementia can be scary, but if you add in a firearm, it can also get dangerous.  To prevent harm to both the individual with dementia and others, it is important to [...]

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Medicaid Home Care

Traditionally, Medicaid has paid for long-term care in a nursing home, but because most individuals would rather be cared for at home and home care is cheaper, all 50 states now have Medicaid [...]

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Can You Put a Surveillance Camera in a Nursing Home Room?

Technological advances have made it easier to install cameras in a loved one's nursing home room. These so-called "granny cams" have legal and privacy implications. 

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Learn About Social Security's Online Tools

With the aging population becoming increasingly tech savvy, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has moved a lot of services online. From applying for Social Security benefits to replacing [...]