Huffington Post: Assisted Living Checklist: What To Look For, What To Ask

Author: Laura Dixon

Hunting for assisted living can be hard. You want to find the best place for your loved one — and it needs to be clean, well run, and within your price range. And you need to get a good sense of what each community is really like, not just what its advertising says about it.

Still, the process doesn’t have to be intimidating or overwhelming. Here are some simple steps you can follow to help narrow it down to the perfect community. First, you’ll do research online and by phone. Then, you’ll tour to see what each community feels like in person.

Start with online research to find facilities near you or your loved one. The Departments of Health and Human Services for each state are also good resources for finding facilities. These questions can help narrow down the options… 

New York Times: Older Drivers Hit the Road for Uber and Lyft

Author: Elizabeth Olson

When Carol Sue Johnson, 73, wheels her silver Mazda S.U.V. out of her driveway in suburban Minneapolis, she doesn’t know how much money she will make driving for the ride-hailing service Uber, but she’s sure she will have an adventure.

Her passengers run the gamut, she said, from three visiting Chinese business executives who were surprised to see a female driver, to teenagers needing a ride to hockey practices or games.

When one group of teenagers “started to get too rowdy,” said Ms. Johnson, who goes by Sue, “one of them told the others to stop because ‘Grandma’s in the car.’”

Ms. Johnson is among a growing number of older Americans who are driving for Uber or its competitor Lyft to augment their retirement income. Some drivers say it is a great chance to be independent and earn extra cash on their own schedule. But others, including some drivers, say it is exploitation of older people who work as independent contractors, without any benefits, because their age means they have a harder time finding full-time employment…

McKnight’s Senior Living: Providers wary of pay, care coordination aspects of chronic care proposal

Author: Emily Mongan

A set of proposed policies for chronic care may have “unintended consequences” on payment systems and create barriers to care coordination, say provider groups.

In its comments to the Senate working group, the American Health Care Association on Monday urged the group to bear in mind the “unintended consequences” the policies could have on existing payment systems and access to care. AHCA also expressed concerns that proposed policies that link payment to community-level quality measures may take control from providers and put them at odds with residents’ personal health wishes.

“This issue is of vital importance to AHCA/NCAL, since a majority of the individuals our members care for have multiple chronic medical conditions — and the number is growing rapidly,” said Clifton Porter II, senior vice president of government relations for AHCA, in a statement…