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The complete legal guide to senior care
Sember, Brette McWhorter, 1968-
First edition.
Publication Information:
Naperville, Ill. : Sphinx Pub., [2003]

Physical Description:
x, 325 pages : forms ; 23 cm
Understanding and facing the situation -- Understanding the medical world -- Financial issues -- Legal matters -- Paying for health care -- Remaining at home -- Closing or selling the home -- Family living -- Senior living -- Assisted living -- Nursing homes -- Continuing care retirement communities -- Hospice -- Coping with the end of life issues -- Alzheimer's and dementia -- Keeping your own life alive -- Senior couples -- Long distance management.
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KF390.A4 S446 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Navigates the world of health-care services and long-term care facilities for the reader or for the reader's aging parents

Table of Contents

Introductionp. ix
Chapter 1 Understanding and Facing the Situationp. 1
Understanding Age
Talking to Your Parents about Needs and Choices
Discussion Early On
Understanding How Your Parent Feels
Coping with Your Emotions
Developing a New Attitude and Relationship with Your Parent
Involving Other Family Members
Dealing with Resistance from Your Parent
Fulfilling Your Role
Support Organization Evaluation Worksheet
Tips for Coping with Stress
Tips for Working with Family Members
Chapter 2 Understanding the Medical Worldp. 19
The Medical World
Dealing with Medical Personnel
Hospital Care
Dealing with Hospital Visits
Coping with Long-Term Medical Problems
Becoming a Medical Care Manager
Managing Lifestyle
Dealing with Disabilities
Mental Health Issues
Dental, Vision, and Hearing
Sleep Problems
Doctor Evaluation Worksheet
Medication Evaluation Worksheet
Hospital Care Worksheet
Questions to Ask Medical Personnel
Tips for Having a Good Conversation with a Doctor
Tips for Helping Your Parent Cope
Tips to Get Medical Personnel to Listen to You
Tips to Finding Medical Information
Chapter 3 Financial Issuesp. 55
When to Become Involved
Getting a Handle on Finances
Helping Your Parent Think about Finances
Legal Authority
Organizing Records
Bill Paying
Planning for the Future
Chapter 4 Legal Mattersp. 63
Finding an Attorney
Knowing Who the Client Is
Powers of Attorney
Health Care Directives and Proxies
Attorney Evaluation Worksheet
Attorney Interview Worksheet
Chapter 5 Paying for Health Carep. 73
Health Insurance
Private Insurance
Veteran's Health Benefits
Other Options
Medigap Policy Evaluation Worksheet
Long-Term Care Insurance Evaluation Worksheet
Tips for Handling Medicaid/Medicare Appeals
Chapter 6 Remaining at Homep. 97
Evaluating the Situation
Modifying the Home
Creating a Plan
Getting Help
Coping with Emergencies
Emergency Systems
Maintaining a Social Life
Spiritual Needs
Staying Active
In-Home Health Care
Self-Provided Care
Your Role
Home Care Provider Evaluation Worksheet
Home Care Agency Evaluation Worksheet
Chapter 7 Closing or Selling the Homep. 117
How to Make the Decision
Involving Your Parent
Coping with Emotions
Dealing with Belongings
Securing the Home
Utilities and Bills
The Selling Process
Letting Go
Deciding to Sell or Maintain the Home
Tips on Home Security
Tips for Preparing a Home for Showings
Chapter 8 Family Livingp. 131
Family Member Living at the Senior's Home
Sharing Your Own Home with Your Parent
ECHO Housing
In-Law Apartments
Chapter 9 Senior Livingp. 137
By Definition
Who it is Appropriate for
Finding a Senior Residence
Involving Your Parent
Evaluating the Contract
Making the Move
Your Role
Dealing with Your Feelings
Dealing with the Future
Senior Residence Staff Evaluation Worksheet
Senior Residence Staff Evaluation Worksheet
Chapter 10 Assisted Livingp. 147
Who it is Appropriate for
Finding a Place
Involving Your Parent
Your Role
Your Feelings
The Future
Assisted Living Faculty Staff Evaluation Worksheet
Assisted Living Faculty Evaluation Worksheet
Tips for Assisted Living
Chapter 11 Nursing Homesp. 157
Understanding Nursing Homes
Finding a Nursing Home
What to Look For
Involving Your Parent
Understanding the Contract
Nursing Home Policies
Making the Move
Getting to Know Staff and Procedures
Settling In
Your Role
Dealing with Problems
Nursing Home Staff Evaluation Worksheet
Tips for Filing Complaints with Government Agencies
Chapter 12 Continuing Care Retirement Communitiesp. 173
How it Works
Considering this Option
CCRC Staff Evaluation Worksheet
CCRC Facility Evaluation Worksheet
Chapter 13 Hospicep. 181
Getting Hospice Care
Payment for Hospice
What to Look For
Making the Decision
Creating a Hospice in Your Parent's Home
Spiritual and Emotional Support
Hospice Program Staff Evaluation Worksheet
Tips for Keeping Your Parent Comfortable
Chapter 14 Coping with End of Life Issuesp. 189
What to Expect
Your Emotions
Helping Your Parent Cope
Finding Your Own Way to Say Goodbye
Pain Management
Quality of Life
Understanding the Procedures that Follow Death
Taking Care of Yourself
Funerals and Memorial Services
Notifying Friends and Family
Protecting Your Home
Caring for Your Other Parent
Probate and Estates
Making Your Peace
Tips for Coping with Your Emotions
Tips for Helping Your Parent Cope
Chapter 15 Alzheimer's and Dementiap. 203
Understanding Alzheimer's and Dementia
What to Expect
Being Prepared
Leaving Home
Moving Forward
Alzheimer's Facility Evaluation Worksheet
Tips for Helping Your Parent with Alzheimer's
Chapter 16 Keeping Your Own Life Alivep. 213
Getting a Handle on What You are Facing
Setting Priorities
Managing Your Time
Accepting Change
Involving Your Family
Managing Your Job
Keeping a Social Life
Battling Guilt
Battling Resentment
Battling Anger
Dealing with Grief and Loss
Maintaining Your Relationships
Finding Help
Helping Your Children Cope
Thinking About Your Future
Chapter 17 Senior Couplesp. 225
How to Talk to a Couple
Helping Them Make Decisions Together
Helping Them Face Each Other's Situations
How They Can Help Each Other
Effect of Aging on Their Relationship
The Desire to Stay Together
Respecting their Relationship
Managing Temporary Separations
Dealing With Grief
Tips for Dealing with Couples
Chapter 18 Long Distance Managementp. 231
Understanding Your Limitations
Making Decisions and Getting Information from a Distance
Finding Local Help
Considering a Move
Dealing with Your Emotions
Dealing with Family Members
Getting Medical Updates
Handling Finances from a Distance
Staying in Touch
When to Visit
Conclusionp. 239
Glossaryp. 241
Appendix A State-Specific Resourcesp. 249
Appendix B General Resourcesp. 275
Appendix C For Additional Readingp. 283
Appendix D Nursing Home Resident's Rights in the United Statesp. 289
Appendix E Nursing Home Checklistp. 297
Appendix F Sample Formsp. 307
Indexp. 321