Category: Nursing Home

America’s Nursing Home Shortage: What It Means for You

You may never step foot in a nursing home. That’s the big headline over at CNBC this month. Sounds like good news, right? Well, maybe not, when you consider the reason why you’ll never see the inside of a skilled nursing facility. It’s not so much that you won’t need to… you just won’t be[...]

Dementia Diagnosis Could Cost $730K in Nursing Care

While the families are happy to hear a longer prognosis, those extra years with their loved ones come at a profound financial cost, climbing toward a million dollars in some cases. This month, USA Today explains how a dementia diagnosis can easily add up to $730,000 for a typical family. Consider the following: The national[...]

What Is Dementia Like Outside the Nursing Home?

Most of the research on dementia patients’ experiences has focused on hospitals and nursing homes. After all, those are the easiest sites to study. But many of America’s dementia patients receive their care in the privacy of their own homes. So what is the experience like for them? View image | gettyimages.com GeriPal, a popular[...]

White House Wants to Reform Nursing Home Safety

Times are changing for nursing homes. View image | gettyimages.com For the last several decades, American residents and their families have generally expressed widespread dissatisfaction with the state of nursing home care. After all, the homes are universally expensive (and growing costlier all the time), and the ballooning bills sting all the more when prices[...]

Nursing Home & Elder Care Costs Keep Climbing

As the average age goes up, so does the cost of getting older. U.S. News & World Report reveals that the median price for a private nursing home room in the United States has reached $91,250 a year — the highest we’ve ever seen. In New Jersey and Pennsylvania, meanwhile, the numbers are even higher[...]

Snow Means Special Challenges for Seniors, Nursing Homes in NJ

The year’s first snowfall is always an exciting thing, but a little goes a long way. Here in New Jersey, of course, we get more than just a little. https://gty.im/459242996 For our state’s senior population, substantial snowfall can be a serious concern, and not just because of the cold weather. When blizzards become emergencies, issues[...]

Medicaid Facilities Are Like Hotels in More Ways Than One

Sometimes elder care feels a little bit like booking a hotel room. https://gty.im/467305389 As one of the world’s most widely recognized travel organizations, AAA offers discounted rates at big-name hotels all across the U.S. If you’re a member, you might be able to knock 10 to 15% off the rack rate. But those savings aren’t[...]

Nursing Home Life: More ‘Mean Girls’ Than “Golden Girls”?

“You can’t sit with us.” https://gty.im/484149795 The classic line from 2004’s Mean Girls movie perfectly embodied just how cliquey and cruel high school life can be in the modern age. The film’s characters carped at each other over everything from boyfriends and girlfriends to fashion and cafeteria seating choices. But is nursing home life much[...]

Are You Aware of the VA Nursing Home Program?

Many New Jersey veterans are approaching the age where their health care needs require being admitted to a nursing home. The uncertainty of changing one’s living arrangement is often compounded by the fact that the costs of nursing home care can be, at times, staggering. Fortunately, the Veteran’s Administration provides long-term nursing home care in[...]

Paying for Nursing Home Costs

The number of people who will require nursing home care will continue to rise as the baby boomer population continues to age. Although there are a myriad of programs that may assist these people in paying for that care, often times people need help navigating their way through these options. A recent article discusses several[...]