Bittersweet Season Caring for Our Aging Parents--And Ourselves

ISBN-10: 030747240X

ISBN-13: 9780307472403

Edition: N/A

Authors: Jane Gross

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Just a few of the vitally important lessons in caring for your aging parent—and yourself—from Jane Gross inA Bittersweet SeasonAs painful as the role reversal between parent and child may be for you, assume it is worse for your mother or father, so take care not to demean or humiliate them.Avoid hospitals and emergency rooms, as well as multiple relocations from home to assisted living facility to nursing home, since all can cause dramatic declines in physical and cognitive well-being among the aged.Do not accept the canard that no decent child sends a parent to a nursing home. Good nursing home care, which supports the entire family, can be vastly superior to the pretty trappings but thin staffing of assisted living or the solitude of being at home, even with round-the-clock help.Important FactsEvery state has its own laws, eligibility standards, and licensing requirements for financial, legal, residential, and other matters that affect the elderly, including qualification for Medicare. Assume anything you understand in the state where your parents once lived no longer applies if they move.Many doctors will not accept new Medicare patients, nor are they legally required to do so, especially significant if a parent is moving a long distance to be near family in old age.An adult child with power of attorney can use a parent’s money for legitimate expenses and thus hasten the spend-down to Medicaid eligibility. In other words, you are doing your parent no favor—assuming he or she is likely to exhaust personal financial resources—by paying rent, stocking the refrigerator, buying clothes, or taking him or her to the hairdresser or barber.From the Hardcover edition.
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Book details

List price: $22.95
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 5/1/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Author's Note
Prologue Finding Our Better Selves
The Early Heroic Rush
The Myth of Assisted Living
The Vestiges of Family Medicine
A Job for Professionals
The Best Doctors Money Can Buy
September Eleventh
September Twelfth
The Biology, Sociology, and Psychology of Aging
A Nursing Home Thanksgiving
The Make-A-Wish Foundation
Follow the Money
Therapeutic Fibs
Gruel Sorting
As Complicated as a Rubik's Cube
The Time for Talking
N-O-W
Dying Days
Orphans
Epilogue Lost and Found
Resources Government Sites
General Information and Research
Housing, Care Management and Other Services
Caregiving
Legal and Financial
End of Life
Advocacy
Alzheimer's Disease
Other DiseasesAging in Place
Miscellaneous
Acknowledgments
Index
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