Listen to our latest Boomers Today podcast and read through answers to common senior placement questions.
Boomers Today is our weekly podcast that helps educate families on resources available to the aging boomer population. Frank Samson, founder and CEO of Senior Care Authority®, interviews a different expert on aspects of what families face as the Boomers and their parents are aging. Subjects range from caregiver challenges, to legal matters, to financial considerations, to health and wellness topics and self-care.
Lisa Gates has worked within the senior living industry for eight years. She has been an Administrator of an adult day health program and worked in numerous senior living communities including independent living, assisted and memory care. She also has 40 years of marketing experience and 10 years of specializing in events and promotions. In 2019, she opened a nonprofit, Metamorphosis-3 serving seniors and caregivers and offering intergenerational programs.
Shari Haber is a former Communications Executive who led consumer technology product launches for Sony and helped Amazon, Priceline and LendingTree pioneer e-commerce. In 2017, after attempting to write a script for a TV show about Baby Boomer life, Shari founded Great Goodbyes www.GreatGoodbyes.com to inspire and empower people to die well, with a plan for a better end of life experience and a more meaningful goodbye.
Following an executive career in life sciences, Richard Haiduck has had an active retirement. His interests include cycling, hiking, volunteering, reading and family. He has recently interviewed 75+ retirees, as the basis for his book, "Shifting Gears; 50 Baby Boomers Share Their Meaningful Journeys in Retirement."
Sarah Nord is an occupational therapist, Certified Dementia Practitioner & founder of Sensory for Dementia. She is passionate about supporting the sensory, cognitive, & emotional regulation needs of people across the lifespan. Sarah has over 7 years of clinical experience with specialty training in sensory processing through the STAR Institute. She recognizes how sensory health impacts function, behavior, & relationships. She raises awareness about all 8 sensory systems & equips you with a sensory lens so you can get curious about behavioral expressions from a different perspective.
As president of Safe Harbor Retirement Planning, Mark has served as a relentless retirement guide to thousands of individuals since 1986. The secret to his longevity has been asking the questions other advisors simply don’t ask; it allows him to make the best decisions for each client’s unique situation and ensure retirement success. Mark is a former radio talk show host, is an author, and has become the go-to financial educator in the media. His most recent book Don’t Outlive Your Money in Retirement! 7 Key Steps, unveils the step-by-step process used to help maximize the retirement journey.
Katharine Esty, PhD, 86, is a best-selling author, practicing psychotherapist, a widow, a mother, a grandmother, and an activist for aging well. She’s on a mission to dispel myths about old age and to end ageism, which limits and undermines the most experienced among us. She lives in a retirement community west of Boston. We’ll also discuss her recent book, Eightysomethings- A Practical Guide to Letting Go, Aging Well, and Finding Unexpected Happiness.
Below you'll find answers to the questions we get asked the most about Eldercare support. If you don't see the answer to your question below, please don't hesitate to ask us anything. We promise to give you an honest answer.
Safety is the number one factor for most families. Although most people would prefer to stay in their own home, there are significant reasons why that is sometimes not possible. In addition to safety concerns, social engagement, communal meals, scheduled activities and 24/7 supervision are some other good reasons to consider Assisted Living.
Often, it is a process and a series of conversations. Imagine yourself in Mom’s position and don’t try to force anything. A Senior Advisor can help you map out the strategy and even help you talk with Mom.
It varies from state-to-state, even county-to- county in the same state. Costs are usually based on a fee for rent and additional fees for care, based on how much assistance is needed.
The rule of thumb, at this writing, is that Medicare only pays for post-acute skilled nursing care, for a maximum of 100 days if certain requirements are met. Medicaid is a state-administered program. Some states have “waivers” that allow people to spend down their money and then stay in an assisted living facility when Medicaid goes into effect. Your Advisor will be versed in the regulations in your state.
If Dad was enlisted during a period of war (see VA website) chances are that Mom is eligible to receive his benefits. Talk to your Advisor for general guidelines and then contact your local VA office for more information.
The short answer is not necessarily. There are many factors to consider and every care situation is different. Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) can mean a variety of things. It is not necessarily a precursor to Alzheimer’s or other dementias. That said, dementia does not happen overnight and early stages are, in fact, a reason someone may have MCI.
Most likely not. A power of attorney does not give you the right to force someone to move. Usually this requires a Guardianship or Conservatorship. An elder law attorney would be your best source of advice. We can give you referrals to excellent attorneys specializing in laws relating to eldercare.
Hiring a local Senior Advisor or Patient Advocate is your best bet to having “boots on the ground” when your loved one lives far away. Interview several and find someone with whom you feel comfortable. We can help!
Most likely yes but as we stated above, programs vary from state to state. Home ownership is not typically considered when determining eligibility. If she is going to have to sell her home to pay for care, your best option is to consult with a Medicaid planning or elder law attorney. Again, we can refer you to someone competent and compassionate.