I recently had the opportunity to participate on a panel sponsored by Genworth that turned out to be a truly candid and oftentimes personal discussion on an emerging crisis. The topic: “ Solving America’s Long-Term Care Crisis: What We Can Do Now to Fix the $750 Billion Program.”
A loved one suffers a stroke, a fall, or has a chronic illness such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease or multiple sclerosis. Medicare initially covers payment for vital services such as skilled nursing, home health care and physical, occupational or speech therapy. We see improvement as they heal, grow stronger, speak more and become more engaged in life.
When Mom came home after four months in hospitals and a skilled nursing facility, she was able to use a walker to go short distances. But the idea of getting to all of her doctors' appointments seemed overwhelming. Visiting the doctor would take at least half a day: getting ready to go, making her way to the car, riding there, getting out of the car, waiting in the doctor's office, and then making the return trip and recovering from it all. The very thought of it all was exhausting.
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