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After Mom MovesAFTER MOM MOVES

Are you trying to manage the resources from afar?

  You may benefit from Seniors Real Estate Coordination
- Property preparation for sale - Estate clean out - No hassle transitions
- Communication with family & professional advisors - Home sale and closing
To contact a Seniors Real Estate Professional click HERE
NO extra fees or obligation

Agencies on Aging

Agencies on Aging

Board on Aging and Long Term Care
1402 Pankratz Street, Suite 11\ Madison, Wisconsin 53704
http://longtermcare.wi.gov


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Alzheimer's Communities Regulations

Alzheimer's Unit requirements are not separately specified
Department of Health and Social Services,
Division of Community Services,
Bureau on Aging
608.266.3878


Assisted Living Communities

Assisted Living Communities

Assisted Living Communities Your retirement planning should be based on understanding the options associated with Assisted living. As part of a retirement plan these options combine housing, support services and health care, as needed. Assisted living is a retirement service for individuals who require assistance with everyday activities such as meals, medication management or assistance, bathing, dressing and transportation. Some residents may have memory disorders including Alzheimer's, or they may need help with mobility, incontinence or other challenges of senior life. Residents are assessed to determine the level of service they may need. These retirement services generally include: 24/7 supervision, 3 meals a day, housekeeping, transportation, minor medical attention, personal care assistance, security and emergency call, exercise programs, social and educational activities. In addition some Assisted living communities may provide: gardens, libraries, and chapels.

Assisted living communities are operated by both profit and non-profit organizations. Pricing can range from $1000 to over $4,000 per month based on your location. There may be extra fees for special services.

Learn more about Assisted Living Communities here.


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Assisted Living Regulations

Assisted Living Regulatory Information
Department of Health and Social Services,
Division of Community Services,
Bureau on Aging
608.266.3878

Residential Care Apartment Complexes. A Residential Care Apartment Complex provides supportive services (e.g., meals housekeeping, laundry, and access to medical services), personal services/assistance with activities of daily living, and nursing services (e.g., health monitoring, medication administration/management). Facilities may not provide all of these services for more than 28 hours per week. Services shall be provided to meet unscheduled care needs of its tenants and to make emergency assistance available 24-hours a day.

Adult Day Care

Adult Day & Hospice Care

Adult Day Care is a life senior service for frail, physically or cognitively impaired, seniors and their caregivers. Numerous stand alone adult day care facilities and adult day care centers are available in urban and suburban areas to provide elderly care. Check your state here. A large percentage of Adult Day Care Centers are operated on a nonprofit or public basis. Many centers are affiliated with multi-service entities such as home care, assisted living, nursing facilities and hospitals

Congregate, assisted living or nursing care communities may offer elderly care as an "outpatient" service to the neighboring population on a per day basis. Those that do, may also offer respite care for a weekend, or a week. Senior centers may also offer senior day care as one of their life senior services.

Learn more about Adult Day Care HERE



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HMOs Ranked

Award Winning HMOs

Find out if any HMOs in your area rank in the top 50.

HealthMatrix Research Inc. ranks HMOs, provides price comparisons, tips to ask when shopping for an HMO and answers to Frequently Asked Questions. The site provides cost comparisons for over 200 Medicare health plans in 100 cities; a quick search feature for consumers to locate Medicare health plans; a convenient on-line form for requesting Medicare health plan information. The website does not provide health/medical information except for links to other such websites.


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Directories - Senior Housing Options

 

Low Cost Drugs

Drug Savings Programs and Medical Aids

Find Low Drug Prices

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For information on your state's prescription drug assistance program-
877.239.5277
Program benefits and eligibility varies by state.

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Senior Apartments

Senior ApartmentYou may choose to spend your golden years in a community designed especially for mature adults. Senior living facilities come in many sizes and shapes. Senior apartments are one such chose. A Senior Apartment allows you to take advantage of many amenities and personalized services without having to maintain a house and yard.

Senior apartments should be a consideration for older adults that can take care of themselves. Aside from age-restrictions these apartments are usually developed the same as standard apartments. Some of these apartments are also equipped with items such as hand rails and pull cords to make getting around and living easier. Also these apartments provide a community of elderly neighbors without the hassles of a larger home to manage. Properties can vary in terms of services but typically offer apartment living and services designed specifically for independent active seniors 55 and older. Since many of these residences are designed for active seniors, most do not offer meal service, housekeeping or medical services. Senior apartment complexes are usually located near senior centers, parks, shopping malls, golf courses and public transportation. Some provide van services to nearby shopping and needed services.

Senior apartments can be found in many communities, some are under federal housing guidelines and will only accept low income seniors, but most are privately owned. Many of the privately owned properties offer reduced rents to low-income tenants with assistance from Dept. of Housing Urban Development (HUD). You should be aware that senior apartments usually have a captured audience with a significant waiting lists period. The following table provides a listing of senior apartments in your state; those that may have subsidized units are identified with an "S" in the right hand column

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Health Insurance Counseling, Advocacy, and Medicare Help

Need help with the Medicare Maze?
Every state has a Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program
to help understand Medicare coverage, payments and Medigap Insurance options.
Note: Toll free numbers often work only from within the state.
From out of state? Use the other number, when provided.
1.800.963.5337
For more counseling information visit www.medicare.gov


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Insurance: Automobile

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Auto Insurance

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Insurance: Life

Insurance, Long Term Care

Because of old age, mental or physical illness, or injury, some people find themselves in need of help with eating, bathing, dressing, and other physical activities. Long-term care insurance can help pay for such care in the future. To help protect your financial independence, as you grow older, many Long Term Care Insurance providers have plans that offer comprehensive benefits as well as a proven track record of claims payments and financial stability. You should review all your options carefully.

 

Medicaid does not give you choices! Learn How to Protect your Loved Ones with Long Term Care Insurance

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Investments:

Annuities Why look into annuities? If you're a Baby Boomer with little or no pension and most of your money in low-interest savings accounts, an annuity may be the key to a secure and comfortable retirement. How can you find out whether an annuity is right for you? Read .
Annuities For Dummies is a plain-English guide is packed with the latest information on choosing the best annuity for your retirement needs. You'll find out exactly what annuities are, whether they're the right financial vehicle for you, and which of the many annuity options might have your name on it. You'll learn the ins and outs of using annuities to fund your retirement years, figure out whether to stress investments with insurance or insurance with investments, and find out how the right combination of annuities can help you squeeze more income out of your savings that any other financial tool. Discover how to:

  • • Identify the main types of annuities

  • • Weigh the pros and cons of annuities for yourself

  • • Minimize the complexity of your annuity investment

  • • Figure out how much money to commit

  • • Avoid common annuity pitfalls

  • • Create an income you can't outlive

Annuity

401K Seventy-eight per cent of eligible American employees participate in their company's 401(k) plan, comprising over 40 million workers. The Enron collapse, coupled with new uncertainty in the investing and accounting industries, however, has even longtime 401(k) investors rethinking their approach. This guide explains the basics of 401(k) investing in plain English, showing readers how to manage their accounts, minimize their investment risk and maximize their returns. It discusses the pros and cons of including company stock and helps readers decide whether taking out a loan against their 401(k) is a wise idea. The text explains the difference between a defined contribution and a defined benefit plan, including the pros and cons of each, has sample 401(k) portfolios for various stages of life and contains a retirement calculator formula to know how much you need to save. Read 401k For Dummies

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Skilled Nursing Facilities

Skilled Nursing Facilities

The type of care that may be administered ONLY BY A NURSING HOME near you, is defined by state regulations. Generally "medical procedures" and assistive acts requiring a nurse to physically "handle" a patient are limited to nursing home providers, when not in a hospital. Changing bandages deep wounds is often only permitted in Nursing Homes as is turning a patient in bed, who cannot turn themselves.


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Moving and Storage Services

Make sure you have the information you need to protect your memories, money, and belongings from moving problems.

The best defense against moving difficulties is to be informed and aware of your options when choosing a reputable mover. While most household moves go smoothly, there are many pitfalls that you should be aware of. It can also be stressful, even under the best of circumstances. Use the checklist here to help guide you through the moving venture.

A key step is to read and understand all information provided by the mover. These should include the following basic documents as part of your move:

Estimates
The estimate should clearly describe, in writing, all charges for services the mover will perform. Make sure the estimate is signed by the mover.
Do not accept oral estimates.
Bill of Lading
The bill of lading is a contract between you and the mover and a receipt of your belongings. You should be given a partially completed copy of the bill of lading before the mover leaves the residence at origin.
Order for Service
The order for service is a list of all the services the mover will perform and shows the dates your household goods will be picked up and delivered
Inventory
The inventory is the receipt showing each item you shipped and its condition. Be sure you receive a written copy of the inventory after your household goods are loaded, and that you agree with its description of your household goods' condition
Moving Quote
Department of Agriculture,
Trade and Consumer Protection
Bureau of Consumer Protection
Compliance and Enforcement Branch
608-224-4939

Real Estate Agents: Buy or Sell

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a Home or Condo?

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Aging in Place

Aging In Place

Aging in Place

"Aging in place" is growing older without having to move. Aging in place with supportive services is one of the most desirable ways of aging. Aging in place can achieve efficiencies enabled by the customized care. Successful aging in place approaches focus on the provision of the most appropriate care for the specific individual. Thus avoiding wasted costs brought on by a "generic" care model.

An aging in place scenario, creates housing and health care options to provide support as defined by an individualís wishes and efforts to live independently. Aging in place can work best when it is employed as a part of a comprehensive plan for retirement and aging. A key step in implementing aging in place is to make your home aging friendly. As we age we don't hear so well, we sometimes forget or get confused and we can even outlive doctor's predictions about our longevity. So as long as we persist in growing older, why not arrange our homes to accommodate our reality. Incorporate memory triggers into the way we arrange cabinets and counters, add soft fabrics to muffle background noises, change appliances to better accommodate our short-comings.

Here is a book to help you make your homes senior-friendly.

Universal Design: A Step-by-Step Guide to Modifying Your Home for
Comfortable, Accessible Living

by Barbara Krueger and Nika Stewart is a good place to start.With the book as a guide you can plan ahead for years before you critically need the advantages offered by the ideas in the book.

Also visit: the Universal Design Living Laboratory:A National Demonstration Home at http://www.UDLL.com by Rosemarie Rossetti, PhD

If you want to learn more visit our Aging in place section .

Once you have an idea of the changes needed in the home, it is time to discuss the changes with a contractor/builder in your area. Below is a list of of such providers in your area.


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State Department of Insurance

Insurance regulations differ from state to state.
Need help with an insurance company provider?
Want to know who writes Medigap insurance in your state?
Contact: Insurance Department
Complaints Department
PO Box 7873
Madison, WI 53707
1.800.236.8517
608.266.0103

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Taxes

  • Personal Income Tax

    Tax Rate Range: Low of 4.6% to 6.75% at the high.
    Four Income brackets: $8,060 is the low, to $116,330 the highest.
    Personal Exemptions: $700 for singles, $1,400 for marrieds, 65+ is $950.
    Tax Credits: $25 additional for taxpayers over 65
    Standard Deduction: $7,650 maximum for singles, $8,900 Maximum for marrieds (both reduce as income rises).
    Medical/Dental Deduction 5% credit for expenses in excess of standard deduction.
    Federal Income Tax Deduction: 0.
    Public Pension Exclusion: $5000 with limits
    Private Pension Exclusion: $5000 with limits
    Social Security Exemption: Federal amount.

  • Sales Tax: 5% (Prescription drugs and food exempt)

    For further information Wisconsin Department of Revenue.