Determining if Your Loved One Qualifies for Medicare

By Roz Jones

Many seniors qualify for Original Medicare (Parts A and B), which is a government health insurance program. Eligibility for Original Medicare is based on several factors, including age, citizenship, residency, and work history. Here’s a breakdown of each factor to help you determine whether your loved one qualifies. 

Age

The eligibility age for Medicare is 65. If your loved one is 64 or younger, they do not qualify for Original Medicare. 

Citizenship & Residency

To be eligible for Medicare, your loved one must be either a U.S. citizen or a permanent legal resident who has lived in the United States continuously for at least five years. If they do not meet these criteria, they do not qualify for Original Medicare. 

Work History 

Medicare is primarily funded through payroll taxes. As such, most people who qualify for Original Medicare have worked at least 10 years in the United States and have paid into the system through payroll taxes. However, there are some exceptions. For example, people with certain disabilities or those who have End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) may also qualify for Original Medicare regardless of their work history. 

If you’re not sure whether your aging loved one qualifies for Original Medicare, use this guide as a starting point. Eligibility is determined by several factors, including age, citizenship/residency status, and work history. Keep in mind that there are some exceptions to these rules—for example, people with disabilities or those with ESRD may still be eligible even if they don’t meet all the criteria listed above. When in doubt, it’s always best to contact the Social Security Administration directly to find out for sure whether your loved one qualifies for this important health insurance program.

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Help! I have no children but I need a Caregiver!

By Roz Jones

You may not have children, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need a caregiver. Whether you’re dealing with a chronic illness, recent surgery, or simply need help around the house as you get older, hiring a caregiver can be a great solution. But before you bring someone into your home, it’s important to do your homework and make sure they’re the right fit. Here are four questions to ask.

Do they have experience? 

This may seem like an obvious question, but it’s one that’s worth asking. You want to make sure that the person you’re hiring has experience in the type of caregiving you’re looking for. If you’re looking for someone to help with basic tasks around the house, for example, you don’t necessarily need someone with medical training. On the other hand, if you’re dealing with a more serious health issue, you’ll want to make sure the caregiver has the necessary skills and experience. 

Are they licensed and insured? 

Again, this is an important question to ask—particularly if you’re considering hiring an in-home health care provider. You’ll want to verify that they are licensed and insured in case something happens while they’re on the job. 

What are their availability and hours? 

Caregiving is a demanding job, so it’s important to make sure that the person you hire is able to commit the time and energy required. Discuss their availability and hours upfront so there are no surprises down the road. 

What are their rates? 

This is another question that’s important to address upfront. Caregiving can be expensive, so you’ll want to make sure that the rates are within your budget before moving forward. 

Conclusion: 

Hiring a caregiver can be a great solution if you’re dealing with a chronic illness, recent surgery, or simply need help around the house as you get older—but it’s important to do your homework first. Make sure you ask potential caregivers about their experience, licensing and insurance information, availability, and rates before making your decision. Once you’ve checked all of those boxes, then you can move forward with confidence knowing you’ve found the right fit for your needs.


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1. YOU ARE NOT ALONE: The problems you face as a caregiver are experienced by other caregivers. Knowing that you’re not alone can be comforting. 

2. Tools and Resources:  Find caregiver stress management tools and gain perspective from other caregivers’ experiences.

3. LEARN TO: Ask for help, accept help when it is offered, and acknowledge yourself on this caregiving journey. Hear from experts on how to balance caregiving responsibilities by taking care of your needs and involving others to help manage the natural stress and isolation of being a caregiver.