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Long-term care is often perceived as intiutionalized care at a nursing home.  Some people see it as an end-of-life decision to move into a nursing home.  The reality is that long-term care may be also provided at home.

"Long term care is the opposite of acute care," says KaraLe Causey, owner of Haven Nursing Center. Causey dispelled some of the common myths associated with long term care,  explaining that "acute care usually is episodic" and may not require "continuing care." 

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Financial planning is very important at any phase in life.  It becomes even more important when older adults have to make crucial decisions relating to long-term care.  Pre-planning helps when the time comes to seek long-term care. 

Jordan Smith, a financial planner for senior citizens, explained that many times people may suddenly enter a long-term care facility without any financial pre-planning.  In those instances, financial advisors for senior citizens could provide crisis planning.

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Hospice Care is a phrase that evokes an image of impending death.  Hospice care is a support service for individuals dealing with a terminal illness that need special care from professionally trained care providers. 

One of the myths associated with hospice care is that it is meant for cancer patients only.  Hospice expert David O'Neal points out that hospice care is provided to all patients dealing with a life-threatening illness and limited life expectancy. 

Ouachita Council on Aging

We often say that a home is where the heart is.  As we age, the definition of “home” often changes.  A “home” may take on a more confining meaning such as, a nursing home. 

Most elderly individuals would prefer to “age in place.”  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines “aging in place” as “the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level.” 

Audit: Nursing Home Payments Up, But Not Patient Numbers

Nov 20, 2017
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A new audit says Louisiana's payments to private nursing homes for taking care of Medicaid patients have risen substantially over the last decade. But while the facilities are pocketing ever-higher dollars from the state, their occupancy rates stayed largely flat.

Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera's office said Louisiana uses payment structures that are out of step with other states, driving up costs on the nursing homes and long-term rehabilitation facilities. 

The Louisiana Attorney General’s office believes that a Minden woman may have stolen $400,000 from elderly patients at a nursing home.

Stephanie Hays, 49, of Minden has been arrested. She is accused of gaining access to the financial assets of a resident.

The Attorney General’s office say she had Power of Attorney and withdrew money from a bank account, retirement plan and proceeds from the sale of a home.

There are also allegations of forged retirement checks, missing social security payments pension payments, and German reparation payments.