The U.S. Senate introduced a bill that would allow doctors to be reimbursed by Medicare for providing end of life planning advice to their patients. This bill is called “The Care Planning Act,” and it would amend title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act. This legislation resulted from findings that because Americans are living longer, they are also facing more serious conditions later in life. The goal of the Act is to ensure that aging individuals with advancing illnesses understand their treatment options and can assist in making their health care choices before losing capacity. Previously, Medicare would not reimburse qualified health care professionals for this type of counseling.
Deciding where and how to spend the latter days of your life can be a tough decision. Many wrongly assume that the lone alternative to their current living situation is a nursing home. This is simply not true. There are several residential alternatives for seniors considering a change of scenery.
Senior housing generally refers in to 3 categories of communities: Active-adult community, assisted-living communities, and continuing care retirement communities. So what’s the difference?