Monthly Archives: December 2012

Signs That Loved Ones Need Homecare, and Tips for Approaching The Subject

This guest post is courtesy of VisitingAngels. With the holidays ending, we’ve all had a chance to spend time with loved ones and catch up with family. Now, as we return to life as usual, we start to consider more … Continue reading

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Colleges Offer Veterans Classes to Ease Transition

Here’s an encouraging trend for veterans who want to continue their education — some colleges are offering courses to help the vets transition not only back to school but also to civilian life. Here are the opening paragraphs of a … Continue reading

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Senate Panel to Consider Bill Proposing New Rules on Administering Painkillers to Nursing Home Residents

McKnight’s Long Term Care News says the Senate Committee on the Judiciary plans to mark up the Nursing Home Resident Pain Relief Act of 2011 that “would make it easier for physicians to give oral instructions on who can administer pain-relieving … Continue reading

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VA Eliminates Requirement for Filing the Annual Eligibility Verification Report (EVR)

The Department of Veterans Affairs has issued a news release this month that is excellent news for everyone who is currently receiving VA penion benefits, or will receive benefits in the future. The VA is eliminating the requirement to file … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas!

  To all who celebrate this holiday, I wish you a very Merry Christmas. I hope you are with friends and family today, and giving thanks for all that has been given to you over your lifetime.

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Social Security and VA Say Goodbye to Paper Checks

You may have heard that the Social Security Administration is switching from paper checks to direct deposits for all people who receive benefits from the agency. New beneficiaries had to switch as of May 1, 2011. Those currently receiving benefits … Continue reading

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Five Dallas-Area Hospitals Receive Low Safety Ratings in National Survey

How safe is the hospital you’re considering? Is there any way to know for sure? The answer to that second question is no — there’s no fool-proof means of determining how safe any particular hospital is because there are far … Continue reading

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New Medicare Deductibles, Premiums, and Co-Pays for 2013

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently announced an increase in Part B premiums and a decrease in Part A premiums for 2013. For much, much more information on these figures and about the various components of Medicare, visit this page … Continue reading

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Could You Live On Social Security?

Here’s an interesting question, courtesy of Globe Life Insurance.

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Be Extra Protective of Elders’ Money During the Holidays

Sadly, the crooks and scam artists who exploit the elderly seem to come out in droves in the holiday season. Caregivers need to pay special attention to financial transactions at this time of year. The excellent financial columnist for the … Continue reading

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