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"CONSUMER REPORTS" HEALTH SERVICES FOR SENIORS

Posted by: Laurence Harmon on 4/30/2008

Consumer Reports Complete Guide to Health Services for Seniors: What your family needs to know about finding and financing Medicare, assisted living, nursing homes, home care, adult day care.

As you know, when it’s time to explore options for our aging parents, navigating the world of health care services and long-term care facilities can be a daunting task. Consumer Reports offers a comprehensive guide to finding the right services securing them at the lowest cost. Here are some of the topics that the Guide addresses: 
 
  • How can you take advantage of pharmaceutical company drug-assistance programs?
  • What essential services should a home health aide provide?
  • How can you calculate annual health care expenses?
  • How do you decipher a state survey report for a nursing home?
  • Where can you find adult day care?
  • What should you look for in an assisted-living contract?
There’s also targeted advice for Boomers who are looking for the basics of senior care:
 
  • The ins and outs of paying for health care services, including Medicare coverage and insurance options;
  • How to find the best long-term care, whether at home or in the community; and
  • City-by-city ratings for Medicare HMOs and Medicare supplement insurance policies, as well as a guide to how well a particular state is monitoring nursing homes.
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