For Older Adults

As we get older, knowing how to navigate the healthcare system and choosing the best care for ourselves is crucial. With funding from The John A. Hartford Foundation,1 FAIR Health created this section for older adults. It includes tools you can use to plan for the costs of your care and make better healthcare decisions—whether you make them alone or with a caregiver who helps you.

Shared Decision Making

Shared decision making (SDM) is helpful if there’s more than one way to treat your health problem, and there’s no clear “right” choice. FAIR Health offers decision aids (with clinical and cost information) that help older patients and their caregivers talk with providers about the trade-offs involved in each clinical choice. This can help with choosing the option that lines up with their priorities and values.

To learn more about shared decision making,click here. You can also find decision aids for some conditions in the drop-down menu.

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Shared Decision-Making Articles

FH® Total Treatment Cost

If you have a chronic illness or need a complex procedure, it’s a good idea to get an FH Total Treatment Cost estimate. It can show you the total cost involved in caring for conditions that affect older adults, like Alzheimer’s disease/dementia, heart failure and major depression. You also can find total costs for procedures like knee replacement and cataract surgery.

Select a condition or event-based procedure

FH® Insurance Basics Articles—Quick Links

Find all articles here. You also can get started with the quick links below.

Tools, Checklists and Articles

FH® Medical Cost Lookup Tool

This tool offers cost estimates and compares healthcare costs in your area. You can find costs for healthcare services and supplies. You also can find costs for urgent care, telehealth and hospital stays.

FH® Dental Cost Lookup Tool

Use this tool to estimate and compare dental costs in your area. You can find costs for services that include visits, fillings, crowns and more.

Resources for Older Adults and Their Caregivers

Use this section to find helpful links to organizations that can help if you have a problem with coverage or websites to help you find a doctor or dentist.

Financial Health Literacy

Learn about steps you can take to prepare for and manage your healthcare costs.

FH Healthcare Toolkit

Use this section to download and print checklists and toolkits to learn how to take part in shared decision making, learn about quality measures and make better decisions.

 
1 FAIR Health acknowledges the generous grant support of our funders. With a generous grant from The New York Community Trust, FAIR Health launched three decision aids pertaining to palliative care for seriously ill patients. With generous support from the New York State Health Foundation, we added four additional decision aids for uterine fibroids, type 2 diabetes and slow-growing prostate cancer. In September 2022, with support from The John A. Hartford Foundation, FAIR Health added decision aids relevant to older patients.