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Study: Spousal Caregivers Just Need Some Appreciation to Lift Burdens

There aren’t many roles more stressful than caregiving. The fact that spouses often provide for their ailing partners is quite common in American life.

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How Do You Become a Really Good Daughter?

I pick up the electric shaver. “I don’t want to hurt you,” I say to my Dad. I’ve never shaved a man before.

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Private Geriatric Care Managers Assist Elderly And Families

The geriatric care management field is growing. The Aging Life Care Association, a trade association for the industry, reports about 300 new members a year. By Encarnacion Pyle COLUMBUS, Ohio — Hart Fetsko feels grateful and fortunate to be able to care for her aging mother. But after she had provided for her mom’s every […]

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Grandparents Raising Grandkids: 3 Things to Know

Oftentimes, grandparents become primary caregivers due to unforeseen circumstances. Here are three things those taking on this responsibility should consider.

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Esther Ellis sits on her bed at home in Hawthorne, Calif., on July 18, 2017. The 78-year-old received a new mattress earlier this year from Partners in Care, a nonprofit that runs four of the dozens of sites in California's Multipurpose Senior Services Program, a Medicaid-funded home services program. (Heidi de Marco/KHN)

Counting on Medicaid to Avoid a Nursing Home? it’s Up to Congress

States can choose whether to offer Medicaid services at home, but nursing home coverage, which is more expensive, is a required benefit.

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Low Medicaid Rates Limit Access to Assisted Living, Quality Care

More than 700,000 elderly and disabled Americans receive health care in residential care communities, such as assisted living facilities. As the population ages, this number will grow. A new study by RTI International found that low Medicaid payment rates for services in assisted living and similar settings discourage residential care providers from serving Medicaid beneficiaries, which […]

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