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    Adult Children and Other Family Members Facing Increasing Pressure to Pay for Costs of Parents' Care

    Posted by Katie Hennessy on Jun 18, 2012 3:09:49 PM

    This week, guest blogger, Robert O’Toole, President, Informed Eldercare Decisions, LLC, writes that,

    "There is growing awareness that as elderly Americans are living well into their 80’s and 90’s an increasing number of adult children caring for elderly parents. The combination of longer life expectancies, severe budget problems in both state and federal governments, and the growing strain on government-sponsored social programs such as Medicaid means there is less public funding for elder care.

    There is growing evidence that state governments will be placing a greater burden on children to care for their parents. This change is not only foreseeable, but already gaining momentum. A study by the National Alliance for Caregiving looked at the percentage of men and women providing care for an aging parent between 1994 and 2008:

    Percentage of men and women providing care for an aging parent:

    • 1994 Men 3% Women 9%
    • 2008 Men 17% Women 28%
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    Topics: elder life planning for organizations, elpo, Geriatric, Robert O'Toole

    Questions Raised About "Free" Assistance Locating Care

    Posted by Katie Hennessy on May 16, 2012 6:01:03 PM

    Guest blogger, Robert O'Toole, President, Informed Eldercare Decisions, LLC, writes that,

    Some Nursing Homes and Home Care Agencies Are Being Asked to Pay Kickbacks to Web Sites Offering Referrals

    When the owner of a small assisted living facility in Florida asked for advice from the Executive Director of another facility about attracting more residents he told her told her he found new residents "the old-fashioned way": He paid for them.

    “You do realize that’s illegal,” she responded?

    According to an article in the Miami Herald, the Executive Director's response was that he had no choice.  He was forced, he said, to pay for admissions; otherwise he wouldn’t fill his beds.

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    Topics: Geriatric, Informed Eldercare Decisions, Robert O'Toole

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