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Resources Overview

Senior Living Resources in Shenandoah Valley, VA

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.

Meaningful Long Distance Grandparenting

November 11, 2022 Latest Episode

Kerry Byrne, PhD, is a researcher, collaborator and entrepreneur in aging, care and connection. She is the Founder of The Long Distance Grandparent, a mission driven business helping grandparents strengthen relationships with their grandchildren – no matter the distance between. Kerry is focused on improving intergenerational relationships within families, because these relationships impact everything from mental health to ending ageism. She shares practical, research backed strategies through her blog, email newsletter, speaking engagements and membership program.

Managing Medications with the Elderly

October 28, 2022 Latest Episode

Dr. Nancy A. Taylor is founder and CEO of Taylormade Senior Advocacy and Consulting LLC. As an advocate she helps older adults and their families navigate the complex maze that is our national healthcare system. She provides a guiding hand with Medicare Education including choosing drug plans, Provider and Care Coordination, Comprehensive Clinical Medication Reviews, and Medication Therapy Management. She retired as a pharmacist after over a decade in community pharmacy and started her company to better serve her aging patients. The transition from pharmacist to advocate was natural and empowering for both Dr. Taylor and those she serves.

Managing Care in a Digital World

October 14, 2022 Latest Episode

Darra Wray is a business professional, senior care consultant, and software developer with more than 30 years of practical business and finance experience and an MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA. She also has over 30 years of personal experience as a family caregiver and patient advocate and has had a life-long interest in healthcare. An unexpected family medical crisis made her realize that her family was completely unprepared to manage the business of life in a digital world. In the wake of this family crisis, Darra set out to find a tool to help bridge this digital divide, and when she couldn’t find one, she created one. She then launched My Care Companions, helping individuals and families more effectively navigate and manage the family caregiving process.

The Benefits of Hospice Care

October 07, 2022 Latest Episode

Mike Briggs is with Keystone Hospice has been working in healthcare since March of 2004. He loves to provide solutions to patients and families that need help in the community he loves. Mike is extremely passionate about hospice care and enjoys helping people understand why it’s such a great benefit.

Why Talking About Death is so Essential

September 30, 2022 Latest Episode

Jaime Sarche’s goal is helping people be less afraid of death. A seasoned speaker, Jaime brings deep experience in death care to a broad range of audiences around the country, sharing insights and approaches on how to have those difficult conversations and how to address sensitive issues. Extending well beyond death and dying, her message resonates across industries and individuals, bridging her passion to demystify death while enlightening communicators on overcoming challenging conversations.

Robotics and Dementia Care are Happening Now

September 19, 2022 Latest Episode

Professor Wendy Moyle’s research focuses on finding evidence for best practice in care of older people and those with dementia. She has a keen interest in technologies, and, within a social robotics laboratory, she develops and evaluates assistive technologies and social robots. She works with a multidisciplinary team of researchers from Australia and internationally, from the UK and Japan. She has received several awards and leads a technology collaborative “The Australian Aged Care Technology Collaborative” that aims to increase efficiency, effectiveness and quality of care of older adults in ageing services through identification and adaptation of existing technologies and development of new technologies.

Aging and Technology Working Together

September 19, 2022 Latest Episode

Keren Etkin is the best-selling author of The AgeTech Revolution – a book about the intersection of technology and aging. Etkin is the founder of TheGerontechnologist.com, a media platform that covers the global agetech ecosystem and The AgeTech Academy which offers online AgeTech education for entrepreneurs and elder care professionals. Etkin is a sought-after public speaker and advisor to AgeTech startups, investors in the longevity economy, care providers and organizations who work on innovation in aging. She holds an M.A. in Gerontology and a B.Sc. in Life Sciences from Ben-Gurion University.

Dementia Caregiving Styles and Outcomes

September 19, 2022 Latest Episode

Dr. Amanda Leggett is an Assistant Professor in the Institute of Gerontology and Department of Psychology at Wayne State University and an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan. She received her M.S. and PhD in Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State and is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America. Her research program focuses on the dementia caregiver stress process and mental health in late-life. Dr. Leggett serves on the editorial board for the journals Innovation in Aging and Research on Aging and is a seven-year Hospice volunteer.

Estate Planning – What You Need to Know

September 14, 2022 Latest Episode

Odelia Goldberg, Esq. was born in Israel and moved to the United States when she was six years old. She was educated in the United States and received her Juris Doctorate and graduated Cum Laude. Odelia regularly lectures to attorneys, CPAs and seniors throughout New York State and South Florida on Elder Law and how to protect your assets and leave money to heirs. She has established herself as a noted authority in the area of Estate Planning, Trusts and Estates, Probate and Contracts.

Importance of Conversations about End-of-Life Issues

September 09, 2022 Latest Episode

Deborah Carr is a professor of sociology and director of the Center for Innovation in Social Science at Boston University. She is author of more than 100 academic articles and chapters, and several books including the award-winning 'Golden Years? Social Inequality in Later Life.' She studies end-of-life issues including bereavement, advance care planning, and death quality. She has also written widely on families in later life. Dr. Carr is former editor-in-chief of Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences.

Robotics and Dementia Care are Happening Now

September 8, 2022 Latest Episode

Professor Wendy Moyle’s research focuses on finding evidence for best practice in care of older people and those with dementia. She has a keen interest in technologies, and, within a social robotics laboratory, she develops and evaluates assistive technologies and social robots. She works with a multidisciplinary team of researchers from Australia and internationally, from the UK and Japan. She has received several awards and leads a technology collaborative “The Australian Aged Care Technology Collaborative” that aims to increase efficiency, effectiveness and quality of care of older adults in ageing services through identification and adaptation of existing technologies and development of new technologies.

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“We received all the help we needed and were extremely satisfied with all your follow up.”

- S. Culver

“My mom really appreciated you coming to the residential care home the night my dad arrived. Thank you!”

- J. Giovanni

“You are amazingly wonderful and patient and do good things in this world.”

- S. Coleman

“We received all the help we needed and were extremely satisfied with all your follow up.”

- S. Culver

“My mom really appreciated you coming to the residential care home the night my dad arrived. Thank you!”

- J. Giovanni

“You are amazingly wonderful and patient and do good things in this world.”

- S. Coleman
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Frequently Asked Questions

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.

  • How do I know if it is time for my Mom or Dad to move into Assisted Living?

    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.

  • I know Mom needs to move but she says she is staying put. What should I do? She cannot afford full time care at home.

    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.

  • How much does assisted living or memory care cost?

    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.

  • Does Medicare or Medicaid pay for assisted living?

    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.

  • My Dad was a veteran of WWII. He passed away three years ago. Mom now needs care. Are there benefits available to help her pay for this care?

    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.

  • My Dad was just diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment. Does that mean he needs to live in Memory Care? He still drives!

    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.

  • If I have Power of Attorney for a relative who is refusing care, can I force her to move?

    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.

  • I live in New York City. Mom lives in California. She is showing signs of forgetfulness and has no relatives on the west coast. How do I manage her care?

    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!

  • My mother is applying for Medicaid. She owns her own home but has no other assets. Her social security of $800/month is her only income. Will she be approved?

    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.

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