Many sources provide home care workers

By: Sandrzej

Home care providers can come from a variety of sources — whether agencies, direct hire, or through online services. Here are descriptions of the differences between various types of home care agencies.Home health agenciesThe term home health agency often indicates that a home care provider is Medicare-certified. A Medicare-certified agency has met federal minimum requirements for... READ MORE

Caregivers bring help and peace of mind

By: Rebekah Alcalde

At 95, Jose Vargas is still very active — despite the dialysis he receives three times a week and his wobbly gait.“I am not an invalid,” he insists. In fact, on a good day, he goes for walks and swims for exercise.Vargas credits his certified nursing assistant (CNA), Yvonne Oldacre, with his continued activity. He found her through the home care agency ElderCaring, where... READ MORE

How to find and hire a reliable handyman

By: Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior:What’s the best way to find a good handyman or tradesman to do some work around the house? I’ve had some bad luck lately with unprofessional workers who do shoddy work and charge too much.— Frustrated SeniorDear Frustrated:Hiring a good home repair handyman can be a bit of a crapshoot. How do you find someone who will return your calls, show up on time,... READ MORE

Don’t wait to check out assisted living

By: Christopher J. Gearon

Late last summer, William Senior, of Reston, Va., put down $2,000 to get on a waitlist for a two-bedroom assisted-living apartment at a nearby continuing care retirement community for himself and his wife.His children had urged their parents to move into assisted living, a step between independent living and nursing-home care, ever since their 85-year-old mother, Lorraine, began requiring... READ MORE

Stand up for your rights under Medicare

By: Eleanor Laise

Home health coverage can be a crucial benefit for Medicare beneficiaries who have just been discharged from the hospital or who struggle with a chronic condition and have difficulty leaving home. But taking advantage of this benefit can be a real challenge.Medicare covers in-home services, including skilled nursing and physical therapy. For eligible patients, there’s generally no... READ MORE

How to rent your home for fun and profit

By: Miriam Cross

Beth Everett and her husband, Glenn, built a cottage in their backyard in 2014 for their son Jordan to live in when he’s home from college. But while the studio sits empty, visitors to Portland, Ore., can rent the cozy space through Airbnb for $99 a night. Fox Lair, as it’s known, offers heated floors, a small sitting area decked out with guitars and bongos, and plenty of... READ MORE