Planning for Life

The Caring Economy Finally Recognized

Posted by Harry S. Margolis on October 26, 2021

By Harry S. Margolis

georg-arthur-pflueger-eO_JhqabBY0-unsplashThe concept of the "care" or "caring" economy seems finally to be having its day. The care economy involves both paid providers of care -- home care workers, day care providers, nursing home employees -- and unpaid caregivers -- parents and grandparents of young children or older children with disabilities and children of aging parents.
 
The pandemic has shed a light on how important caregivers are to our society and our economy, and how unappreciated they have been. Caregivers continued to go to work to care for elderly individuals at home, in assisted living and in nursing homes despite the dangers of leaving the home during the height of the pandemic. Millions of women left their jobs and have not returned because their children were not going to school.
 
Paid caregivers are usually underpaid. Unpaid caregivers are usually stretched thin and undervalued, at least by society if not by their families. Both groups are mostly women of color and many fall into both categories -- underpaid caring for other people's children or parents and unpaid caring for their own.

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Topics: baby boomers, caregiving, family caregiving, Caregivers

Long-Term Care Takes a Family -- Massachusetts

Posted by Harry S. Margolis on August 31, 2021

By Harry S. Margolis
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When an older family member needs assistance, providing the needed care can become a full-time job. Family members may need to take over his or her finances, health care, transportation and supervising care providers, as well as providing hands-on care or meals. These needs will likely change over time and sometimes with no advance notice.
 
If you're fortunate, you'll have help from siblings or other family members. In planning for who will do what, it can help to have a list of possible tasks you may have to take on. So here one is:
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Topics: family caregiver agreement, caregiving, family caregiving

Move Out of Your House Before It's Too Late!

Posted by Harry S. Margolis on May 25, 2021

By Harry S. Margolis

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According to an AARP study, 76% of Americans age 50 and older want to remain in their own homes as they age. But they're not totally unrealistic about this. Just 46% expect to do so. Yet, the reality is that this will be difficult for most, if not for them, then for their caregivers.

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Topics: baby boomers, caregiving, healthcare, home care

Enhanced Unemployment Benefit Protects Caregivers and Families

Posted by Harry S. Margolis on July 28, 2020

By Harry S. Margolis

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As you no doubt know, the Cares Act enhanced unemployment benefits of $600 a week are slated to end on Friday, July 31st. There's a debate about whether to extend them based on many factors, including the need to keep the economy functioning during the pandemic, the risk that many renters will no longer be able to pay rent and many homeowners will default on their mortgages, what the nation can afford, and the argument that some workers are staying home because they're making more from unemployment than they would from working.

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Topics: caregiving, home care

Ultimate Juggling Act: Working, Raising Children, & Caring for Parents

Posted by Harry S. Margolis on November 19, 2019

By Harry S. Margolis

Working-Daughter-Aging-Elder-Care-Margolis-and-BloomManaging raising children while holding down a full-time job is a challenge for all parents. Add in caring for aging parents and it can feel more like a vise than the proverbial sandwich. Dedham-based marketing executive Liz O'Donnell has written a book, Working Daughter: A Guide to Caring for Your Aging Parents While Making a Living, and started a website, www.workingdaughter.com, both aimed at helping daughters of elderly parents better manage the pressures coming at them from all directions. Both are based on O'Donnell's own experience trying to care for her parents, raise her children, and meet the requirements of a demanding job. They are full of good advice for other daughters (and sons) facing the same challenges.

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Topics: caregiving, Caregivers

New End-of-Life Resource in Massachusetts

Posted by Harry S. Margolis on July 10, 2018

By Harry S. Margolis

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A new website offers information and resources for individuals and families facing end-of-life challenges. It is designed as both a destination itself with answers to questions about end-of-life topics and as a directory of services in the community. The website, www.endwithcare.org, grew out of the work of the Massachusetts Commission on End of Life Care and the Massachusetts Experts Panel on End of Life Care, which in 2014 came out with the report, Looking Forward: 2014 and Beyond

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Topics: end-of-life, caregiving, health-care decision making, Caregivers

Demented Patient Liable for Injuries He Causes

Posted by Harry S. Margolis on November 15, 2016

By Harry S. Margolis

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In Mary Ellen Gioia v. Richard D. and Ann L. Ratner, the Essex County superior court in Massachusetts refuses to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a registered nurse who claims she was injured by a patient in her care. She brought the suit against the patient, Richard Ratner, and his wife and health care agent, Ann Ratner. Judge Diane M. Kottmyer rules that the suit against Mr. Ratner can move forward but dismisses the claim against his wife.

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Topics: caregiving, dementia, incapacity, seniors, deficit, hospital care, elder law

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