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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.

Protecting Assets While Medicaid Pays for Your Care

November 5, 2021 Latest Episode

Jason Neufeld, Esq. is the founding partner of Elder Needs Law, PLLC which focuses on a variety of Florida Elder Law matters including Estate Planning, Medicaid-Planning, probate, and guardianship matters. Jason is consistently recognized as a top lawyer among his peers in Super Lawyers Magazine and Florida Trends Legal Elite. Jason is an author and on the board of the Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys and Co-Chair of the Broward County Bar Association Elder Law Section.

Rethinking Our Attitudes on Aging

October 22, 2021 Latest Episode

Margie Hackbarth has worked in healthcare communications and administration for more than 30 years and calls herself a cheerleader for older adults. Margie authored, Amaging™ Growing Old On Purpose. It’s about re-framing our attitudes on aging and focusing on the amazing potential of older adults. She introduces a framework for affirmations to help older adults achieve goals, and discusses the need for affirmations due to age bias in our culture – and in our own minds.

Living A Rewarding Life After a Long Career

November 28, 2021 Latest Episode

Andy Robin is an author, speaker, Executive Coach, and Life Coach also serves on the Board of a foundation in Palo Alto and an NYC hedge fund and enjoys day trips, lectures, and concerts around the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley. He wrote “Tapas Life” to do some good for others who haven’t yet come to grips with their likely extended longevity, and the need to assemble a new type of life to make those bonus years rich and rewarding.

What Is Your Plan When Your Health Fails?

October 15, 2021 Latest Episode

Jim Sloan is a 24-year financial advisor and six-time author. His books were written to help investors become financially informed and make decisions that are in their best interest. Jim has been featured in or seen on local and national media outlets for his perspective on financial topics pertaining to baby boomers and retirees, such as The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fox Business, MarketWatch, Reuters, and others. Jim is an educator and an Investment Adviser Representative of Foundations Investment Advisors, an SEC Registered Investment Adviser.

Successful Aging with Dr. Hashmi from Cleveland Clinic

October 1, 2021 Latest Episode

Dr. Ardeshir Z. Hashmi MD, FACP, Section Chief of Geriatrics at Cleveland Clinic and is the Endowed Chair of Geriatric Innovation and Section Chief/ He is Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. He has conducted lectures and workshops in geriatrics nationally and internationally. Under Dr. Hashmi’s leadership Cleveland Clinic Geriatrics has garnered the following milestones; Age Friendly Health Systems Committed.

Enriching the Lives of Caregivers Through Planned Activities

17 September 2021 Latest Episode

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.

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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
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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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