Telehealth Helps Patients Avoid Rehab in Nursing Homes

Telehealth policies have loosened since the pandemic began, helping feed the surge in at-home recoveries. Medicare has relaxed guidelines for the kinds of patients eligible for services that make rehab at home possible, and many insurance plans now cover those services.

“A lot of people don’t realize, when you check into a hospital, you really need to check out what the discharge plan will be,” says Elaine Ryan, vice president for state advocacy and strategy at AARP. “When you’re discharged, the question is: Can you receive in-home rehabilitation? And the answer is yes. You don’t have to go into those centers.”

Avoiding the nursing home

Nursing homes “were fighting a PR battle” even before the coronavirus swept the U.S. and sickened more than 238,000 residents, says Fred Bentley, managing director of Avalere Health. The pandemic has made that PR problem “way, way worse.”

“We are going to find patients who

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How to avoid foreclosure if you’re in mortgage forbearance using CARES Act during COVID-19 pandemic

CHICAGO (WLS) — You may be one of about 3.5 million Americans already in a forbearance on your mortgage, but what of you need an extension? Or what if you want to start paying again?

“This is home, Villa Park is home to me,” said Roger Feigenbaum. “I’ve owned this house since 1987 and I don’t have any other place to turn to, this is my house.”

Feigenbaum was laid off due to the covid-19 pandemic and is now fighting to stay in his home. He is in a reverse mortgage: the bank pays him for his equity in the home, but he can’t afford the property taxes and home insurance.

As a result, his reverse mortgage company is forced to pay those fees and Feigenbaum could be at risk for foreclosure. He’s now trying to get the lender, Reverse Mortgage Funding LLC, to help him out.

“So I was

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How to avoid common and costly home renovation mistakes

Many of us are spending more time at home in 2020, which could mean having more time to take on home improvement projects. But home renovations aren’t just a way to fill time; you want the results to be worth the hard work. The key to any successful project lies in careful planning — including financial strategizing — long before the power tools come out.

Roughly 3 in 5 American homeowners (61%) have taken on home improvement projects since March 1, 2020, spending $6,438, on average, according to an August 18-20 NerdWallet survey conducted online by The Harris Poll among 1,414 homeowners.

Whether you’re outfitting your home with a new office or classroom, or taking on long-intended improvements such as painting or installing new flooring, here are five tips to help you make sure you’re heading into the right project, the right way.

1. Consider return on investment

Any project

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