Getting paid as a family caregiver

By Jim Miller
Posted on July 14, 2023

Dear Savvy Senior, I have been taking care of my elderly father for over a year, and it’s taking a toll on my finances because I can only work part-time. Are there any resources you know about that can help family caregivers get paid? —Seeking Support Dear Seeking, Caring for an elder parent can be challenging in many ways, but it can be especially difficult financially if you... READ MORE

Is your new home in your kids’ back yard?

By Patricia Mertz Esswein
Posted on July 13, 2023

When Cary Childre, 65, considered moving closer to her daughter living in an Atlanta suburb, she realized she couldn’t afford to buy “much of anything.” So, her daughter researched building a cottage in her own back yard. They made a deposit on a Craftsman-style design by a local architect who will manage the project from permits to completion. The 429-square-foot home will have... READ MORE

What to look for in choosing rehab care

By Patricia Mertz Esswein
Posted on July 10, 2023

After a stay in the hospital, most people would prefer to go home to recuperate. But that may not always be possible. If you or a loved one needs more medical care, rehabilitation or supervision, you’ll have to find a nursing home or skilled nursing facility before the patient is discharged from the hospital. But what should you look for, and who is a good source of impartial... READ MORE

How to plant a container like the pros do

By Jessica Damiano
Posted on July 07, 2023

Have you ever gone to the grocery store for, say, milk, and left with a cartful of impulse buys? Well, I visited a couple of nurseries last week in search of one specific plant and left with nearly everything except that plant, which both retailers had sold out. As usual, I was seduced by the colorful, pre-planted annual containers on display, and hemmed and hawed about whether I should... READ MORE

A reverse mortgage can help pay for care

By Kate Ashford
Posted on July 06, 2023

Someone turning 65 has nearly a 7-in-10 chance of needing long-term care in the future, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and many don’t have the savings to manage the cost of assisted living. But they may have a mortgage-free home and the equity in it, giving them the potential option of a reverse mortgage to help cover care costs. Here’s how to... READ MORE

For cleaner air, go electric with lawn care

By Harry Campbell, Doug Myers & Joseph Wood, Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Posted on June 29, 2023

If you use a gas-powered lawn mower, there’s a good chance that maintaining your lawn is worse for the environment than your morning commute. In some cases, far worse. Running a typical gas mower for one hour creates roughly the same amount of smog-forming air pollution as driving a passenger car 300 miles, according to the California Air Resources Board. For some gas-powered leaf... READ MORE

Sensible ways to tackle a home remodel

By Annie Millerbernd
Posted on June 27, 2023

Spring and summer are kickoff season for many kitchen remodels, bathroom updates and deck repairs. But recent economic turmoil may have homeowners questioning their home improvement plans. Spending on home renovations is expected to slow this year because of factors such as declining home sales and values, rising interest rates, continuing inflation and rumblings of a coming recession,... READ MORE

Quick cash for your home? Not so fast!

By Better Business Bureau
Posted on June 26, 2023

The real estate market is hot, and, for those who own a home, you may have received offers or seen advertisements promising to buy it quickly and for cash. Selling a home is time-consuming, and the promise of a quick close is tempting. However, it’s important to understand the difference between selling your home to a traditional buyer and making a deal with a home investor, sometimes... READ MORE

Downsizing a big home is not for sissies

By Lynne Vance
Posted on June 20, 2023

How many towels do I use in a week? How many pots and pans do I really need? I never had to ask these questions until I faced the daunting task of downsizing from my five-bedroom, 3,000-square-foot house to a 1,071-square-foot apartment. The decision to downsize from the home I’d lived in for 57 years, where I’d raised my two children, was agonizing. But when an apartment became... READ MORE

‘Home care’ differs from ‘home healthcare’

By Kayla Carney,
Posted on April 25, 2023

"Home care” and “home healthcare” are two terms that are often used interchangeably, but they are very different in what they offer. Learn what senior care services each provides to determine the best fit for your needs. Types of home care services The first step in hiring in-home care services is identifying the differences in a caregiver’s duties and responsibilities between... READ MORE