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Did you know there are financial assistance programs available to veterans who need assisted living care? Our veterans made numerous sacrifices to uphold the freedom we enjoy today while their families kept the home fires burning. They are entitled to many benefits in appreciation for all they endured for America.Veterans benefits for senior living are available for qualifying veterans and their surviving spouses, as long as the veteran served at least 90 days of active duty, including at least one day during a wartime period, and received an honorable or general discharge.Veterans Aid and Attendance for assisted living careOffered through the Department of Veterans Affairs, Aid and Attendance is a monthly pension benefit that can help cover the costs of assisted living care. It is available for wartime veterans and their spouses who have limited income and require the regular attendance of a caregiver.Aid and Attendance is designed for individuals who need assistance from another person to complete everyday activities such as bathing, dressing and assistance with other daily activities. A veterans need for this benefit does not need to be the result of their military service.Funds received from Aid and Attendance benefits can offer a monthly benefit to help pay for assisted living and long-term care for a qualifying veteran and their spouse. The actual monthly benefit is determined by the veterans assets, income and medical expenses and conditions.Contact your local county Veterans Services office with questions on how to apply by visiting www.benefits.va.gov/vso.MedicareMedicare will pay for short-term care at nursing and rehabilitation facilities for seniors who need these services after an illness or injury that requires hospitalization. Medicare does not cover the cost for assisted living, home care or other senior living services.Long-Term Care BenefitsThe Veterans Administration provides both short- and long-term care in skilled nursing settings for veterans who cannot care for themselves. This benefit does not cover assisted living or home care.Housebound BenefitsVeterans confined to their homes and requiring assisted living care may be best suited to receive Housebound benefits. This program provides an increased monthly pension amount for those confined to their home due to a permanent disability.Applying for BenefitsThe Veterans Administration has regional offices that provide Veteran Service Organization representatives who may be able to answer simple questions about assisted living benefits, as well as provide free, basic advice on the application process.Many veterans seeking advice on applying for assisted living benefits hire a qualified attorney accredited by the VA or an accredited claims agent, who has passed a written exam about VA laws and procedures.The application process for assisted living benefits is often very lengthy. It is important to be thorough when completing the application and have all required documentation gathered and ready to submit.There are additional financial options to pay for assisted living care for individuals who do not qualify for veterans benefit. Click to find out more about financial options for senior living.Country Meadows offers affordable assisted living or personal care on its nine campuses in Pennsylvania and one in Frederick, Maryland. Our friendly co-workers are always available to help! Contact us today for more information.
Expertise, when it matters the most.The Value of Senior Housing Solutions Nicknamed The Matchmaker of Senior Housing, Senior Housing Solutions owner Bruce Rosenblatt has over 30 years of experience in senior housing and is considered the foremost expert on senior housing in our area. He has overseen 75 senior living communities in 14 states including 3 in SWFL. Our Background:In 2008, Bruce formed Senior Housing Solutions as a way to help people navigate through the uncharted waters of senior housing. Bruce is knowledgeable, caring, and resourceful. He is a certified dementia care practitioner and sensitive to the complexities of the aging process. He provides concierge-level services to his clients and stays current with the over 100 senior living options in our area as well as future trends in this industry. As a long time SWFL resident, Bruce is active with the Parkinsons Association of SWFL. the Alzheimers Association and other senior-related organizations. Bruce is a frequent guest speaker at many local clubs and organizations and is a presenter with Florida Gulf Coast Universitys Academy for Learning for Life program. The Analysis:By staying current with all the senior communities in the area, Bruce looks beyond the fancy dcor and glossy brochures to evaluate communities on quality of care and services, financial viability, operational stability, resident satisfaction, staff turnover, management responsiveness, hurricane preparedness and overall lifestyle. He has developed a proprietary matrix database with this critical information to assist people in making a sound and well-thought-out decision. The Process: Through an initial consultation, many times in the comfort of your own home, Bruce will discuss your needs, budget, health concerns, timing, and lifestyle preferences. By listening to you, the Matchmaker is able to determine which senior living options best meet your parameters. Our discussion includes an understanding of the types and costs of various places, wait list details, medical and financial qualifications, refund programs and demographics of each place. We will schedule visits for you and if desired, will join you on your tours. Bruce will help you understand the differences and assist you in narrowing down the choices. If appropriate, he can assist with negotiating and provide a non-legal review of the residency agreement. Since family involvement is important, Bruce can either meet with your family in-person or virtually to review all the options with them. Should a move not be imminent, Bruce can help you develop your future plan and recommend home health care to provide a helping hand prior to the move. Bruce has helped hundreds of people with this decision and fully understands many people arent ready to move but want a plan in place when they are ready. The Outcome: Once the decision is made, Bruce can provide resources to help make your move so smoothly. As a longtime resident of SWFL, Bruce has developed relationships with a wide range of specialists including downsizers, Realtors, home health, long term care insurance experts, financial advisors. attorneys and medical professionals. Bruce will assist you every step of the way. He will also follow up with you after you move to make sure all is going well and if necessary, speak to the administration on your behalf. As a key referral source to these communities, having Bruce in your corner is invaluable. For those considering a move outside of SWFL, Bruce has established a national network of like-minded advisors who can offer assistance in those specific markets. How are we paid: Most of the time, Senior Housing Solutions services are 100% free to our clients since we are paid a referral fee from the community after you move in; however, if you have already done extensive research and are actively engaging with the senior communities or planning to move in 3 or more years, we do charge a consulting fee for our services. Please reach out to us for more details. For More Information:Please call 239-595-0207 or visit www.seniorhousingsolutions.netBruce Rosenblatt, CDPOwner, Senior Housing Expert The Matchmaker of Senior Housing
Assisted Living Tours: Find the Right Fit for Your Loved OneBy: Country Meadows | Assisted LivingWe spend our entire lives raising families, managing households, working, balancing checkbooks and making countless decisions. As we age, these everyday duties can become more and more challenging. Making a well-informed and thoughtful choice about assisted living for yourself or a loved one is a significant decision that can impact overall well-being. Too often people wait until a crisis occurs, necessitating a quick decision when selecting senior living. Preparing for assisted living by researching options and taking assisted living tours allows individuals to thoughtfully select senior living accommodations.There are many reasons why visiting and taking assisted living tours in advance are important.Facility atmospherePaying visits and taking in-person assisted living tours allow you to see for yourself the overall atmosphere and ambience of the community. This includes noting cleanliness and the layout as well as the general feeling of the environment. This firsthand experience can provide insights into whether a community is a good fit for personal preferences and comfort.Staff interactionDuring assisted living tours, meeting staff members and interacting with current residents can provide valuable insights. Note the level of professionalism, friendliness and responsiveness of the staff while gauging the overall satisfaction and happiness of residents. Pay attention to staff achievements and organizational awards such as certifications in programs that recognize great places to work.Establishing relationships with co-workers and management during a visit provides customers with insights as to the teams willingness to communicate and work with residents and their families, fostering a sense of trust and confidence in the care to be provided.Services and amenitiesAssisted living communities offer various services and amenities. By visiting and taking assisted living tours, you can personally evaluate the quality and context of services offered, such as dining options, activities, care, transportation and other options. This helps ensure the facility meets specific needs and expectations.Care philosophyEvery assisted living community may have a unique approach to delivering care. By visiting and taking assisted living tours, you can ask thoughtful questions and gain a better understanding of the facilitys care philosophy to determine if it aligns with expectations.Safety and accessibilityTaking assisted living tours helps seniors assess safety and accessibility features in a community. This may include building layout, emergency response system options and general safety measures and policies. Understanding these aspects is vital for ensuring a secure living environment.Stress and anxietyKnowing and being familiar with potential living arrangements in advance reduces the stress and anxiety associated with making urgent decisions. Taking assisted living tours provides familiarity with the location and offers a sense of security during what can be a challenging time.Good fitUltimately, assisted living tours help prospective residents ensure the community is a good fit for individual wants and needs. Factors such as cultural compatibility, community engagement and overall feel of the environment is subjective and only can be assessed through direct experience.Time for questionsDuring assisted living tours, visitors have the chance to ask questions and seek clarification about various aspects of what everyday life will be like in the community. This helps individuals obtain detailed information about policies, costs and other factors that help customers make informed decisions.Plan for the futureVisiting and taking assisted living tours before a crisis allows individuals opportunities for better long-term planning. It provides the time to explore different options, compare facilities and make decisions based on careful consideration rather than under the pressure of urgent circumstances.Country Meadows
Grace Pointe Continuing Care Senior Campus offers a variety of comfortable living options, as well as in patient and out patient rehabilitation. With our team of experienced healthcare professionals, Grace Pointe provides a continuum of care, including independent & assisted living, memory care, long term care & skilled rehabilitation, featuring private suites with private baths & showers. Four separate neighborhoods feature separate entrances, dining & living rooms.
Grace Pointe Continuing Care Senior Campus offers a variety of comfortable living options, as well as in patient and out patient rehabilitation. With our team of experienced healthcare professionals, Grace Pointe provides a continuum of care, including independent & assisted living, memory care, long term care & skilled rehabilitation, featuring private suites with private baths & showers. Our campus offers four separate neighborhoods featuring separate entrances, dining & living rooms.
Grace Pointe Continuing Care Senior Campus is a senior care community offering a variety of comfortable living & rehabilitation options in N. Colorado. With our team of experienced healthcare professionals, Grace Pointe offers independent & assisted living, memory care, long term care & skilled rehabilitation, featuring private suites with private baths & showers. Our full service Rehabilitation Center offers Physical, Occupational & Speech therapies - inpatient or outpatient services.