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  • Legal
  • Financial
    • Consider the following when calculating a budget for care:

       

      "How will we pay for this?" The costs of senior care can weigh on the minds of family caregivers. Just knowing where you stand, though, can lend you much needed peace of mind. Feel free to estimate.

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      A pension is a fixed sum paid regularly to a person, typically following retirement.


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      Social Security is part of the retirement plan of almost every American worker. SSI is a federal program that provides monthly cash payments to people in need. Some of the Social Security taxes paid go toward providing survivor's insurance for workers and their families.


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      Benefits provided by the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).


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      Daily or monthly reimbursements for long term care services and support (mostly non-medical) seniors may need to meet their health or personal needs over a long period of time.


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      Income generated from rental properties and other investments.



      Do not include any financial providers in my Roadmap

  • Insurance
    • Understanding which costs insurance might cover

       

      Insurance policies are often the first source senior caregivers turn to for funds to help cover senior care costs... and rightfully so. The good news is that many insurance policies and programs do cover some senior care expenses.

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      Not sure? Check this box to select all of the options below. We'll provide information on all these topics in your senior care roadmap and you can simply discard the pages you find you don't need.

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      Medicare is a federal program subsidizing medical costs for some people. Medicaid offers health coverage to those with limited incomes. Medicare Supplemental is private health insurance regulated by Medicare to pay some costs Medicare doesn't cover.

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      Insurance for long term care services and support (mostly non-medical) your loved one may need to meet health or personal needs over a long period of time.

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      Health insurance covers some medical, surgical, and drug costs.


  • Routines
    • Memory - my loved one:

       

      Knowing your loved one's daily routines can help narrow down the options for senior housing. The better you assess them and answer these questions, the better the housing choice. For the elderly, any small change is a big change. Choose not only for now, also consider future needs.


  • Medical Conditions
    • My loved one has:

       

      Certain medical conditions are not approved at some facilities, so it's important to answer each question below accurately.

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      If a dementia diagnosis is present, some assisted living facilities may not be able to accommodate your loved one. In California, only an assisted living provider with a dementia program approved by the state can care for such a resident.

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      Gastronomy care, nasogastric tubes, or tracheotomies.


  • Living Options
    • Bellow are different types of senior care facilities and services:

       

      Many different senior housing alternatives have evolved to address various levels of need. Your loved one's physical condition or budget may not permit her to qualify for every living option listed here.

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      An organized day program of therapeutic, social, and health activities.

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      Retirement communities with more than 15 residents, offering studios and/or private apartments, within a multi-unit reside

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      Homelike retirement communities for 15 residents or less, typically offering higher levels of care than larger assisted living facilities. May offer specialized care for residents with a dementia diagnosis, including Alzheimer’s.

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      A retirement community that offers long term continuing care contract for housing, residential services and nursing care, in one location, for a resident's lifetime.

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      End-of-life medical services, emotional support, and spiritual resources.

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      Medical and non-medical services provided at home by professional caregivers or California's In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program.

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      Apartment- and townhome-type housing ranging from studios to large 3-bedrooms offering various resort-like amenities; age restrictions, residents partially or fully retired. Best for seniors in overall good health.

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      Senior apartments that can be rented at a lower rate, depending on income level.

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      A health facility that provides skilled nursing care and supportive care to patients whose primary need is the availability of skilled nursing care on an extended basis. Medicare may cover costs.

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      Respite care is intended to provide time off for family caregivers who ordinarily care for someone on a regular basis.

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      Homelike retirement communities for 15 residents or less, typically offering higher levels of care than larger assisted living facilities. May offer specialized care for residents with a dementia diagnosis, including Alzheimer’s.

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      Homelike retirement communities for 15 residents or less, typically offering higher levels of care than larger assisted living facilities. May offer specialized care for residents with a dementia diagnosis, including Alzheimer’s.

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      Depending on the needs of the resident, in California there are various housing options. It is best to research each one, and find the best fit not only for now, but for the future.

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      Depending on the needs of the resident, in California there are various housing options. It is best to research each one, and find the best fit not only for now, but for the future.


  • Before the Move
    • Moving checklist:

       

      Planning ahead can be incredibly helpful in preventing some stress and anxiety. Completing this pre-move checklist will let you rest easier, knowing you've already taken care of so many of the essentials. Also, if your loved one will receive care at home, most of the resources will apply.

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      Tell me about all items below

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      A healthcare practitioner involved in your loved one's care for the long term. Primary care physicians also act as gatekeepers to the medical system, providing basic diagnostic and treatments for common illnesses and referrals to specialists.

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      Neurologists are medical doctors who specialize in discorders of the brain and nervous system, including Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.

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      Endocrinologists are medical doctors who specialize in disorders of the endocrine system, such as diabetes.

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      Podiatrists are medical doctors who specialize in problems of the foot, ankle and lower leg.

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      Find a hospital

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      Specialists who help families with an immediate care need to create and implement long term care plans, including finding housing, improving seniors' quality of life, and helping them maintain their independence for as long as possible.

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      Licensed companies providing moving services. If it's available in your area, look for the SMC Senior Move Certified designation.

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      Paratransit organizations offer door-to-door transport services for seniors and people with disabilities. May include specialized transportation options, such as wheelchair-accessible vans.

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      Providers of medicine, both local and mail-order.

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      Durable medical equipment is used to aid in safety and improve quality of living for seniors.

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      Find a home health care agency


  • Future Resources
    • Resource checklist (care at home):

       

      From arranging for simple home modifications to which medical providers to put on speed dial, this section is dedicated to tips that will make senior care at home less stressful for you and your loved one. (Some of these items, such as final wishes, will also apply to those who will live in a senior care facility.) Check any of the boxes below for more information about these items and tips on how to find them.

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      Not sure? Check this box to select all of the options below. We'll provide information on all these topics in your senior care roadmap and you can simply discard the pages you find you don't need.

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      Home delivery of groceries or ready-to-eat meals.

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      A short, written plan for your loved one in the event of an emergency, reminding him or her what to do.

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      Building contractors aware of ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) standards, specializing in modifying living spaces to meet the needs of people with physical limitations so they can continue to live independently and safely.

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      If your loved one will live on her own, she may be eligible for the US Weatherization Assistance Program, which works to make low-income homes more energy-efficient.


  • Emotional Support
    • Taking care of you

       

      Taking on caregiving or care management responsibilities can be surprisingly stressful. According to a recent study, 40-70% of family caregivers have clinically significant symptoms of depression, and many experience declines in overall health as well. That makes it especially important to take care of yourself during this time.
      Check any of the boxes below for more information about these items and tips on how to find them.

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      Not sure? Check this box to select all of the options below. We'll provide information on all these topics in your senior care roadmap and you can simply discard the pages you find you don't need.

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      A non-professional group of people, sometimes led by a therapist, offering moral support and sharing personal experiences, helpful information, and advice on issues relating to caring for a senior.

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      Links to online support groups dedicated to family caregivers, offering moral support and sharing personal experiences, helpful information, and advice on issues relating to caring for a senior. Sometimes moderated by a therapist.

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      Licensed counselors specializing in emotional support for senior caregivers.