"Medicare will pay for short-term nursing home stays only," says Caregiverlist CEO Julie Northcutt.
Chicago, Illinois (PRWEB) June 16, 2012
Caregiverlist provides online tools to assist seniors and their families to choose the right senior care by understanding quality standards and costs. AARP Magazine's June/July issue includes a senior care guide for seniors to cut out and save, called: “The Next Move: A Starter Kit”, highlighting Caregiverlist.com as a resource to use when checking for quality of senior care.
AARP reports that people fare better when they live near what’s dear to them – friends, family and congregation. Caregiverlist’s online tools, created by senior care industry professionals, make it possible to understand and evaluate the quality factors to consider when choosing senior caregiving services, nursing homes and assisted living communities.
Caregiverlist’s Nursing Home Directory enhances the data available from Medicare by applying the right labels on each nursing home and providing the daily costs of 18,000+ nursing homes nationwide. Some nursing homes, for instance, only serve certain types of seniors or those with disabilities and some are divisions of a hospital and only accept hospital patients being transferred. Caregiverlist provides labels for nursing homes to make it easy to know if it can be a fit for a senior:
- CCRC (Continuing Care Retirement Community)
- Veterans Home (Only Accepts Veterans)
- Special (Only for Nuns, Seniors w/Hearing Loss, etc.)
- Medicare: Accepts as Payment
- Medicaid: Accepts as Payment
“Medicare will pay for short-term nursing home stays only,” says Caregiverlist.com CEO Julie Northcutt. As the former owner of a senior home care agency, she found that many seniors and their families do not realize this fact until a medical emergency happens.
“I have spent hours on the phone explaining to a senior’s family members what Medicare does and does not cover,” says Northcutt. As nursing homes have become an extension of a hospital stay, seniors many times are quickly discharged from a hospital to a nursing home. This is when panic sets in and a senior and their family need to quickly learn the specifics about which nursing home they will be transferred to when leaving the hospital.
“It is important to review the nursing home ratings and costs near you, before you will need one,” says Northcutt. “Remember that nursing homes are a rehabilitation center for seniors after a hip-replacement, stroke or major surgery. Medicare will pay for the short-term nursing home stays as long as a medical doctor pre-approves the need.” However, Medicare does not always cover the full daily nursing home costs and additional services are usually not included.
Caregiverlist also allows users to compare nursing home costs and ratings from one state to another which is useful when it becomes necessary for a senior to relocate to be near a family member. "By-state" Medicaid financial qualifications are also supplied to allow long-distance family caregivers to make the right decisions when planning to relocate a senior to another state.