Unexpected Healthcare Costs: What Do You Need to Do?


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Unexpected Healthcare Costs: What Do You Need to Do?

​When it comes to your elderly parents or other elderly family members, it is best to have an idea of where their money will be going. There are some unexpected healthcare costs that you should know about that might come up in your senior’s future.

Dental Needs

One of the unexpected healthcare costs is the dental needs of your loved one. Unfortunately, Medicare won’t cover routine or complex dental needs. It is important to keep the gums and teeth healthy as one gets older. Some people who have Medicare spend over $900 a year on their dental needs. This is something you should keep an eye out for.

Hearing Needs

Many senior citizens are in need of hearing devices. They may need hearing aids or other devices that won’t be covered through Medicare. Some digital hearing aids can cost between $1,000 to $5,000. These high prices can derail a budget in no time. There are sometimes programs to help with hearing devices, but this is something to discuss another time.

In-Home Care

If your loved one’s health has been declining, you may need to hire elderly care providers to come assist them with their needs. The elderly care providers can help with medical and personal needs. They can help your loved one with daily living activities, as well. The costs of in-home care can get pricey, depending on how often your loved one needs these services.

Vision Needs

Medicare will cover costs associated with certain eye care services. However, they don’t cover all the costs that your loved one will need. Eyeglasses, annual screenings, and routine vision exams won’t be covered. These are things that your loved one will need to pay for. In some instances, these appointments and the eyeglasses can be quite costly.

These are just some of the most common unexpected healthcare costs that your elderly loved one might be exposed to. If you are doing their budget for them, it might be helpful to save money for these things. If they don’t have the money to save for these things, you may want to apply for Medicaid or other insurance plans that will help to cover these costs.

Do you have a loved one who is getting older? Are you in charge of their care? If so, keep in mind that there are some healthcare costs that aren’t going to be covered by Medicare. Your loved one will have to pay for these things out-of-pocket.


If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Evergreen, CO, please contact the caring staff at SYNERGY HomeCare West Denver. Call today: (720) 263-6060.

Shanna Tourtlotte

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