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Five Common Estate Planning Pitfalls and How To Avoid ThemIf you are a senior and have possessions or a personal estate, you will want to pass it down to your loved ones when you depart. This article explores common estate planning pitfalls and shares tips on how to avoid them. Read More »
Encouragement As You Care for Your Elderly Loved OneThis article will share some advice and let you know that you’re not the only one who feels the way you might be feeling, and that’s normal. Read More »
Positive Ways To Embrace NostalgiaMany of us in the Lehigh Valley experience feelings of nostalgia throughout our lives, and these feelings can grow as we get older and the world continues to change. This article explains more about exactly what nostalgia is and how to keep it positive. Read More »
10-Year Investments You Should Make When You Hit 50As the Lehigh Valley retirement population grows, and the economy shrinks, wisdom dictates having an economic retirement plan in place. Read More »
What Is the Difference Between Elder Law and Estate Planning?Elder law and estate planning serve two different—but equally vital—functions. The main difference is that elder law is focused on preserving your assets during your lifetime, while estate planning concentrates on what happens to your assets after you die. Read More »
What Are the Best Home Solutions for Aging-in-Place?Like residents everywhere, seniors in the Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton area prefer to remain in their home as they grow older. When planning for aging-in-place in your Lehigh Valley home, there are several home solutions you can consider to promote comfort, safety, and independence for older adults. Here are some of the best home solutions for aging-in-place in the Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton area. Read More »
How Old Is “Too Old”?“The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon” (Psalm 92:12). Read More »
Not Your Father’s Library | Lower Macungie Library’s Mission to Inform ∙ Enrich ∙ InspireA tour of the LML is a “Wow!” experience. No musty books and librarians here! Read More »
Avoid These All-Too-Common Holiday MishapsSummer is a time for activities—and accidents. Fireworks, firepits, water, and weather pose hazards. Here are safety tips from St. Luke's University Health Network. Read More »
Resources for Seniors, Boomers, & Caregivers
Medical Home Health Care
Medical home care, also known as home health care, is prescribed by a physician and administered by a registered nurse or other medical professional in a home setting. Medical home care includes skilled nursing services and physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy.
Adult Day Care Services
Adult Day Care Centers provide a coordinated program of professional, compassionate services for adults in a community-based group setting. Services provide social and some health services for adults who need supervised care outside the home during the day, as well as some respite from the demanding responsibilities of caregiving.
Hospice is comfort care given to persons who are terminally ill. This care emphasizes pain control, caregiver needs, and emotional and spiritual needs. This care does not include cures to treat terminal diseases. This Medicare benefit consists of formal and informal care in private homes, hospitals, nursing homes, and freestanding hospice centers.
Life Plan Communities (formerly Continuing Care Retirement Communities)
Life Plan Communities (formerly known as Continuing Care Retirement Communities) are residential living alternatives to traditional housing for active adults. These communities provide comprehensive services and amenities for their residents, including long- and short-term health care. This eliminates the need for residents to move out of the community if they need long-term care—assisted living, memory care, or 24/7 nursing care.
Non-Medical Home Care
Non-medical home care includes a wide variety of companionship, home helper and personal care services that help individuals with living activities as well as ensure a safe environment. All non-medical home care companies are licensed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Payment for services is often made by the client since traditional medical insurance does not cover non-medical home care. For those who qualify, non-medical home care may be paid for partially or fully through Medicaid (via the County’s Aging Waiver Program), Veterans Assistance and long-term care insurance. The average cost of non-medical home care services can range from $25 - $35 per hour depending on one’s needs.