How do you know when to hire outside help?
Posted 06 September 2012 - 08:03 PM
Posted 08 September 2012 - 10:35 AM
Hope others who have been iny our shoes will have some thoughts too.
Edited by Golden01, 10 September 2012 - 09:14 AM.
Posted 08 September 2012 - 10:38 AM
Posted 11 September 2012 - 07:32 AM
It also had a side bar with info from the National Family Caregivers Association. Looks like they have some good information too. http://www.nfcacares.org/index.cfm
Good luck to you.
Posted 23 October 2012 - 12:59 PM
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Posted 24 October 2012 - 09:23 PM
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Posted 25 October 2012 - 08:12 AM
Posted 25 October 2012 - 04:18 PM
As far as everything else, it sounds like it was very hard. I can't even imagine. One big thing at a time is plenty. Did you have any other family or close friends that were able to provide emotional support for you or your husband at that time? We live far away from all of our family, although I know that my parents would be on the first flight out if I asked for their help - they are both retired and enjoying the good life. Back to you for just a moment, because I think from time to time we get lost in the PD shuffle (NO PUN INTENDED!!), how are you doing, if you don't mind me asking? Are you free of the breast cancer - were your doctors able to surgically remove all of the cancer?
Posted 26 October 2012 - 01:03 AM
Posted 08 November 2012 - 03:10 PM
Posted 08 November 2012 - 07:45 PM
The long term disability insurance question is looming for me as it goes up as you get older and I've heard there is a big jump by the time you turn 60. I'm 59 now so figure I better look into it. My sister has Parkinson's Disease too. Her doctor told her for several years that she had essential tremor. She and her husband signed up for long term care insurance during that time. She is a nurse and was pretty sure it was Parkinson's.
I wish my employer offered the long term care insurance. I believe it is a benefit for federal employees. I looked into changing jobs and whether my husband would be eligible for the long term care insurance as a dependant but the benefits were limited if they had a diagnosis like Parkinson's. Turned out it was better financially for me to stay where I am.
We've worked at getting my husband approved for disability (small private plan, employer's plan, and SSDI) this year and have getting other legal things wrapped up on the list for yet this year. I have the names of three lawyers that specialize in estate planning for families with special medical needs. We just need to sit down, pick one, and make an appointment. We got a letter this week that the disability carrier for my husband's former employer gives us access to a legal center (sounds like a do-it-yourself deal) for things like wills. We probably will check that out too. My husband has been helping his family find ways to deal with medical expenses for his brother (involves a family farm with a number of owners) and that has made us realize the importance of planning ahead for medical expenses that might be down the road. My husband I will have access to good medical insurance when I retire (for a good price but we'll be able to get it).
Edited by Golden01, 09 November 2012 - 08:55 AM.
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