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Chuck Ross

Biography:

For 10 years, I've been a full-time freelance writer, mostly covering building- and energy-industry products, technologies and trends. In early 2008, I added primary caregiver to my career portfolio, when I moved my then-86-year-old father out to live with me on Cape Cod. This newer job description has included a range of responsibilities, from medical-lingo interpreting and wound dressing to personal chef and - since he moved into a nearby nursing home - medical administrator. For several years, I've been writing about the experience in my personal blog, Life With Father (http://midlifemidcape.wordpress.com).

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5 Medicare Tips to Remember Before Moving Your Parents

Posted on 11/20/2012 by |Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingThe decision to move a loved one cross-country can happen quickly. As I learned when moving my father from Missouri to Massachusetts, understanding the possible Medicare implications of an interstate relocation should be at the top of your to-do list. Dad wanted to maintain his Medicare Advantage coverage. These private plans are an alternative to the combination of standard Medicare and Medigap coverage, and include Part D drug plans. Many operate as HMOs, so all care is coordinated through a …

Caregiving: A Professional Hazard?

Posted on 11/2/2012 by |Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingNews flash: caregiving can be hazardous to your professional life. This may not come as much of a surprise to any working caregivers out there, but now, at least, there’s documentation in an AARP Fact Sheet to back up what many caregivers already know from our daily lives. The fact sheet, recently summarized by fellow blogger Sally Abrahms, brings together research from a range of studies to make the point that the demands of parental caregiving are becoming increasingly expensive …

Hi There – Great to Meet You!

Posted on 10/19/2012 by |Caregiving | Comments

Caregiving | Home & FamilyAs a new contributor to AARP’s “Take Care” blog, I’ve been thinking my first post should provide a bit of an introduction. I’m one of the 33 -40 percent  (depending on the survey) of U.S. caregivers who are men. My caregiving began with a phone call about 10 a.m. on Feb. 15, 2008 (one remembers these things). The caller ID showed “St. Jos. Hospital,” and a St. Louis area code. St. Louis had been my then-86-year-old father’s home for most …