ADULT DAY CARE – MEDICARE CAN HELP!

There are many Baby Boomers taking care of their parents. They may live with them, and cannot be home all day to watch after them, cook lunches and simply be company for their loved one. Many times the cost of Adult Day Care can seem out of reach.

There are more than 3,500 day-care centers across the U.S. They are growing every year because as the population lives longer, they need more care. These facilities offer many activities and social inter-action for seniors when their caregivers need to work or take a break. Adult Day Care is custodial care for seniors who cannot care for themselves at home. Activities can range from cognitive games for dementia patients to baking and art classes. They take care of their medication and physical therapy.

The federal Centers for Medicare Services last year began a 3 year pilot program that allows a portion of Medicare home health-care benefits to go toward adult day care. Uner the program, Medicare gets a 5% discount on what it otherwise would pay for a patient’s home-health costs. Medicare otherwise does not pay for adult day care.

If you or someone you know could use this service, please check into how Medicare could help you pay for this help.

Please write to me, Karyn Blake, here at My Part D USA’s blog at kblake@MyPartDusa.org. Or you can email this article to a friend.

Published by mypartdusa on January 14, 2008 in Other Topics of Interest.

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