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The Essential Eldercare Handbook for Nevada

Kim Boyer, Mary Shapiro

Publication Year: 2014

This book provides Nevada-specific information (medical, legal, and financial) on a wide range of issues -- mental, physical, and emotional -- that arise during the elder years. The text is organized around a series of case studies that describe how specific (fictional) individuals or families coped with various problems and what choices were available to them.

Published by: University of Nevada Press

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-xii

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Preface

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pp. xiii-xiv

We all struggle to keep control over our lives and to maintain our balance. If you or your loved one is facing an illness, you are beginning to realize what a loss of control can do to your life. Caring for a loved one can put a strain on your family time, your employment time, and your...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xv-xviii

We gratefully thank many people for their inspiration and help in writing this book. We thank Charles Bernick, MD, neurologist, associate medical director at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, Las Vegas, for sharing his time and expertise with us. We also thank Kenneth J...

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Chapter One: An Eldercare Overview

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pp. 1-11

Patricia and Jim Peterson live in Las Vegas and have been married for thirty years. They are looking forward to retirement in the not-too-distant future. Jim will be sixty-two on his last day of work. He will exit the world of work with social security, a fairly decent pension, carefully...

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Chapter Two: Who Needs Eldercare?

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pp. 12-26

Whether you are planning ahead or reacting to a crisis, it is important to make certain that you or your loved one’s current and future medical needs will be appropriately addressed. Most diseases that affect the elderly are present in some degree throughout...

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Chapter Three: There’s No Place Like Home

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pp. 27-31

The goal of eldercare is to allow you or your loved ones to live safely, comfortably, and stress free in familiar surroundings for as long as possible. Lucy has lived in Elko, Nevada, all her life. She was baptized in the church she still attends. Her parents and siblings are buried in the...

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Chapter Four: Planning for the Cost of Long-Term Care

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pp. 32-45

Maybe you are trying to figure out the best living situation for yourself, or maybe you are helping someone else plan for or manage long-term care. Most people who need assistance with daily living receive it unpaid from family and friends. But many people pay for the...

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Chapter Five: Medicaid Planning

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pp. 46-58

As life expectancies and long-term costs continue to rise, the challenge becomes how to pay for these services. Many people cannot afford to pay $7,200 per month or more for the cost of a nursing home. They may find their life savings wiped out in a matter of months...

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Chapter Six: Veterans’ Benefits

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pp. 59-72

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides long-term home, community, residential, and nursing home care for veterans. Some of the care is provided in or through the VA’s own facilities, and some is contracted with local agencies or facilities. There is a type of federal pension benefit that may be available to...

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Chapter Seven: Protecting Legal Rights

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pp. 73-88

Whether you or your loved one is attempting to continue living independently or is in a long-term care facility, being prepared with necessary legal documents and understanding and protecting your legal rights are all important. In this chapter, we discuss the legal...

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Chapter Eight: The Affordable Care Act in Nevada

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pp. 89-95

The stated purposes of the ACA were primarily to insure more Americans, to control health care costs, and to add more consumer benefits and protections. In its effort to decrease the number of uninsured, the ACA has the individual mandate, which makes it a requirement for...

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Plan Your Estate

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pp. 96-114

In dealing with a loved one’s incapacity or death, many people discover laws they do not understand or that they never even knew about. Mistakes can be costly, and not putting together a plan can have serious financial consequences. In this chapter, we provide information...

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Appendix 1: Guide to the Family Meeting

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pp. 115-120

Ideally, a family meeting should take place before there is a family crisis. It should include all family members, especially your elder family members. This meeting is all about them, and they should have the major decision-making role if possible. If your loved one has advanced...

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Appendix 2: Resource Guide

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pp. 121-166

This guide provides caregivers with useful resources and information, with a focus on Nevada. In this changed economy, despite an increased demand for resources, services have declined as a result of budgetary constraints and cutbacks. There is a higher demand for elder protective...

Suggested Reading

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pp. 167-168

Index

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pp. 169-176

About the Authors

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pp. 177-


E-ISBN-13: 9780874179422
Print-ISBN-13: 9780874179415

Page Count: 184
Publication Year: 2014

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Subject Headings

  • Caregivers -- Nevada.
  • Long-term care facilities -- Nevada.
  • Older people -- Care -- Nevada.
  • Estate planning -- Nevada.
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