Category: Money Issues

Take this to the bank: How to reduce money stress for LTC residents (McKnight’s LTC News)

Posted by Dr. El - June 30, 2014 - Money Issues, Tips for gifts, visits

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Take this to the bank: How to reduce money stress for LTC residents It was noon at the nursing home and the staff was busy wheeling residents into the dining room. “Are you going to buy me lunch today?” an aide joked as she unlocked the […]

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The Recluse: Nursing Home Money (#5 of 5, for now)

Posted by Dr. El - April 11, 2011 - Anecdotes, Money Issues

Stella had been in the nursing home several years before anyone had thought to refer her to the psychologist.  She sat in her room reading her bible all day, emerging only for showers. “Why don’t you try some of the activities?” I asked her.  “They have lots of good stuff here — even church services,” […]

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Clothing and Citizenship: Nursing Home Money (#4 of 5, for now)

Posted by Dr. El - April 4, 2011 - Anecdotes, Money Issues

“I wish my boys weren’t so busy,” Greta commented.  “I’d really like to get some new dresses and I have no one to take me.” Greta’s boys were always “busy.”  There were two names listed on the face sheet of her chart, but I’d never seen them or met anyone at the nursing home who […]

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Flip the Script: Nursing Home Money (#3 of 5, for now)

Posted by Dr. El - March 28, 2011 - Anecdotes, Money Issues

“It’s not right,” Carlos complained.  “That son of mine isn’t telling me what’s going on with my money.” “You’re worried about your finances?” Carlos had been anxious and irritable for most of the three months since his admission to the nursing home. “Yes!”  He pounded one fist into another.  “I know how to take care […]

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Late Life: Nursing Home Money (#2 of 5, for now)

Posted by Dr. El - March 21, 2011 - Anecdotes, Money Issues

James Hawkins, III liked to sit in the lobby drinking tea and watching the passersby.  At 93, he spoke about his well-traveled childhood, his Ivy League education, and a lost love and penchant for liquor that had led to the life of a bachelor.  He confessed his virginity, and then later on, another confession: “I’m […]

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Personal Needs Allowance: Nursing Home Money (#1 of 5, for now)

Posted by Dr. El - March 14, 2011 - Money Issues

Most nursing home residents are eligible for a Personal Needs Allowance (PNA) from Medicaid, which varies from state to state.  In New York, for example, the PNA is $50/month.  It’s been $50/month since 1980.  There is no inflation adjustment, but if there had been one, residents would be getting $133.63 in 2011 dollars, according to […]

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