Getting older isn’t easy. But getting to the point where you, or someone you love, are faced with ongoing age-related illnesses, or the prospect of having to enter a nursing home or assisted-care facility can lead to a lot of stress and confusion. As the saying goes “knowledge is power,” so familiarizing yourself with the common terminology utilized in eldercare and elder law grants you power.
Ambulatory Care is any type of health service that does not require an overnight stay in a hospital. Therefore, if you go in to have your blood pressure checked or your eyes tested, you are receiving ambulatory care.
Annual Election Period is in November, and it is the only time of year that government health programs like Medicare will be open and accepting new members.
Biologicals are usually a drug or vaccine made from a live product that health care practitioners use to diagnose, prevent, or treat a medical condition. If you have received a yearly flu shot, you have received a biological.
Cost Sharing is, quite simply, the cost for medical care that you pay out of pocket, such as a copayment, coinsurance, or a deductible.
Dialysis is a medical treatment for kidneys that don’t work. The process eliminates harmful wastes and extra salt and fluids that buildup in your body, and also helps to control blood pressure and maintain correct fluid amounts within your body. Unfortunately, dialysis is more of a stopgap measure as it is not a permanent cure for kidney failure.