Helping a Loved One with Medicare? Become Their Authorized Representative
Caregivers may have to jump through a few hoops when helping loved ones with Medicare – for a very good reason.
On the surface, a skilled nursing facility and a nursing home may look very similar. Some care facilities actually operate as both, with a separate floor or section of a building devoted to each.
Signs of decline in an aging loved one can be easy to miss. Changes may be subtle and come on gradually. And sometimes it’s hard to see what we don’t want to see.
Taking care of a loved one on Medicare with a chronic illness, disability or frailty is not an easy job. Yet more than 90 million Americans do it every day, according to the Caregiver Action Network.
There’s no place like home, especially as we get older. Some 87 percent of people over the age of 65 want to remain in their own homes and communities as they age, according to AARP.1
Are you a caregiver to a loved one? If you are, you are one of over 65 million caregivers that care for an adult child, parent or older family member.1 Caregiving can be a tough job. It can be rewarding, too.
With the holidays in full swing, many nursing home residents would like to be at home with their families but fear losing Medicare coverage if they leave for even a short amount of time.
If you’re like a lot of people, you’ll be spending the holidays with your elderly parents or other family members. This is an ideal time to find out if they’re taking good care of themselves or if they’re beginning to show signs of self-neglect.
By John Schall, CEO, Caregiver Action Network