Archive for January 2nd, 2006

Working women over 70 caught in the retirement trap

At 74, Marie Maes is scrambling to find work.

Even though she spent four decades working in Colorado hospitals and Seattle nursing homes, the veteran licensed practical nurse lives just above the poverty line on little more than $12 a day after she pays her rent.

She is among a near-record and growing number of women working well into their 70s, thanks to smaller Social Security checks, shorter careers, smaller pensions, longer life spans than men and bad financial planning….

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A push for stay-at-home healthcare |

A major concern for rural areas is the low population density (distance between caregivers and those needing care.)

Vermont’s senior citizens have more choices under a first-in-the-nation Medicaid option. By Sara Miller Llana | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

Called Choice for Care, the new waiver program, which went into effect Oct. 1, sends 12 nurses across the state to assess the needs of Vermont’s elders. Those who prefer care at home or in residential care facilities receive support for their daily maintenance, such as help with bathing or grooming. They can also enroll in adult day care and emergency-response programs….

Kirby Dunn, of HomeShare Vermont, which pairs seniors with those looking for affordable housing, says that home care could actually cost more for some patients.

Under the new program, Vermont will spend the same amount of money for five years that it did under the former rules. Ms. Dunn, who supports the program, questions whether there will be sufficient caregivers to serve all seniors or if logistics, like travel time between seniors’ homes, will create hidden costs….

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