“Be Nice to Your Kids: They Will Pick Your Nursing Home”
March 13, 2013
I traveled to a Roanoke hospital yesterday to take depositions in a case where a man was seriously injured after falling during rehabilitation.
As I walked to my car, I passed a truck with a bumper sticker that said, “Be Nice to Your Kids: They Will Pick Your Nursing Home.” The bumper sticker got to me – because it’s true. Most people do not get to make this choice alone or for themselves. During an emergency, it is typically family who will make this decision and often times it is with little to no information or time to prepare.
So how can families make informed choices about Virginia nursing homes and long-term care for a loved one?
I watched the debate last night and assume many of you did as well.
I was saddened (as I often am in politics) how little information was actually given about concrete plans to protect our citizens’ health care.
These days, the average nursing home (and I don’t mean the super nice ones with pools, spas, and state of the art equipment and care) costs between $5,000 and $8,000 a month. Medicare will currently pay for 100 days IF (and only if) rehabilitation is being given.
Medicaid will help defray the costs of long term care – but Medicaid only kicks in after your family has truly spent most of its money elsewhere – and private insurance will likely not pay a dime.
So, do you have a rainy day account set up for your long term care? Does it have a few hundred thousand just waiting to be spent at your local nursing home?
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