5 Medicare Tips to Remember Before Moving Your Parents

The 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 …

Mom and Dad Moving In: Plan B

In my last post I shared what happened to me when I let my ‘caring for the caregiver’ habits slide … back pain stopped me cold.  It happened at a critical time during my parents’ move from their senior living apartment back into the house with me. As I mentioned then, it forced me to go with Plan B, which usually involves: changing dates, asking for help, and spending more money. It turned out that adjusting my parents’ move date …

When the Caregiver Doesn’t Take Care of Herself

It’s a subtle thing. It happens bit by bit…it creeps up and then one time too many of lifting the wheelchair into the trunk and—BAM! –it smacks me flat, usually at the most inopportune time.That’s what happened to me last week when my back screamed, “Stop!”  I have a history of back problems, but my back hasn’t flared up this badly in about 10 years. The timing couldn’t be worse.  We are packing up my parents’ senior living apartment and …