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

Sometimes, the residents run the show

By: Robert Friedman

Dawn Strumsky, 70, and husband John, 76, spend much of their “spare” time hosting television talk shows at the in-house TV station at Charlestown retirement community in Catonsville, where they have lived since 2011.Betty Meyers, 91, arranges weekly  Sabbath services at Weinberg Senior Living in Owings Mills, her home for 11 years.About 15 miles down the road, Phil Levin,... READ MORE

Caregivers bring help and peace of mind

By: Carol Sorgen

Bruce Goodman is the business development manager of Genesis SelectCare, but he recently found himself in the position of needing what SelectCare provides — home care, in his case, for his mother-in-law who was injured when she fell out of bed.“We’ve had a caregiver eight hours a day, five days a week, and it has been so valuable both for my mother-in-law and for our... READ MORE