A Pennsylvania Court has ruled that Clarence and Barbara Scott are not financially responsible for the 31 year old autistic son’s care. The Scotts who reside in New Jersey, had placed their special needs son in a Pennsylvania care facility. After New Jersey cut its funding for out of state placements, the Scott’s refused to have their son move back to Pennsylvania allegedly due to a lack of an appropriate facility for him. After 14 months, the Scott’s son was returned to New Jersey and the Scotts were billed $205,000 by the facility which they refused to pay. The court rejected the care facility’s argument that Pennsylvania law controlled. More
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At nursing homes across the country, seniors are testing out virtual reality systems. The device fits on a senior’s face like large swimming goggles and can make the participant feel like they are somewhere else, perhaps scuba diving or downhill skiing.
The company, MyndVR hopes that the technology will help seniors with dementia. They have tested the technology by setting seniors up with the headset and then setting them in an office chair. By slowly twirling the chair, MyndVR creates a panoramic effect. More
Hawaii has become the first state to provide financial assistance to those caring for an elderly loved one. The Kupuna Caregivers Act provides qualified caregivers with up to a voucher of up to $70 a day. The voucher can be used for qualified expenses such as adult day care or assisted transportation, taking the pressure off of the caregiver.
In Hawaii, there are an estimated 154,000 unpaid caregivers. Many of those are part of the Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders community, where it is often expected to care for aging parents. This can take both an emotional and financial toll. Many in Hawaii hope to use the new funds to pay for adult day care so they can have some time for themselves. More
An 84 year old man who had suffered a stroke was adamant upon being discharged from the hospital that he did not want anyone coming into his home and could take care of himself just fine. Unbeknownst to his daughter, the social worker cancelled his order for home help services and discharged him to his apartment without plans for follow up care. When his daughter found out, she was naturally quite upset after she had spent a lot of time trying to convince her father of the importance of a few weeks of help at home and had asked the social worker to let her know if there were any problems.
According to a recent article from the Kaiser Health News, such scenarios are quite common. Many seniors confuse home health care provided by medical professionals and covered by Medicare and home care provided by aides who help with bathing, cooking, cleaning, etc. Also, many seniors understandably value their independence and see their homes as sanctums. More
The cost estimating website “Howmuch” has released estimates for the cost of long term care in each state. The report examines costs for adult day care, home health aides, assisted living and nursing home care. Michigan while expensive, is fortunately is not at the top of the list for any category. For a month in Michigan it costs on average:
- Adult day care: = $1,733
- Home health aide = $4,004
- Assisted living = $3,563
- Nursing home = $8,182