One of the best ways we can honor our country’s forefathers this Presidents’ Day, is to be available on Monday to help with your senior loved one’s housing needs.
As with the men who founded our great country, we should always honor and salute those that founded our families, and gave so much to attend to our upbringing.
As always, we will be available Monday to help answer your senior housing questions.
In addition to our services, our local, Tampa/St. Pete-area network of trusted, associated professionals can assist with elder law issues (wills, advanced directives and power of attorney), coordination of veterans benefits, financial planning, down-sizing and moving – to name a few.
Give us a call, or drop us a line. We will be happy to help.
Someone asked the other day, “How long does it usually take to help a family find the right community?” We had just finished discussing a situation where Michele took a call on a Sunday afternoon and had arrangements made for a Monday transfer between communities. That is a record that will stand for quite some time! Certainly, this is a unique case and one that is far outside the “usual;” but, it does illustrate the value of working with someone, person to person, who has a detailed knowledge of the market and the connections to make something like that happen.
To get back to the question, placements can be broken down in three broad categories:
Long-term plan in place
We will talk about each of these in future posts, but here is an overview of each:
Emergency placements usually occur if the senior does not have family members locally to help, or there is a drastic change in their situation (like an imminent discharge or their care level exceeds the ability of their current caregivers). These have been done in under one week – without seriously compromising the level of service.
Normal discharges or transitions, generally, take place over a few weeks. The family is working toward a scheduled discharge, lease termination or some known, future target date. That time gives us the opportunity to better know the family’s needs and tour communities.
In the case of carrying out a long-term plan, the family’s health status and financial planning have laid the ground work for a well thought out transition. We could be working with a family, off and on, over a period of months.
So, the “usual” means around three to four weeks, but the range is one day to nine months!
Facility licensed by the state that provides 24-hour nursing care, room and board, and activities for convalescent residents and those with chronic and/or long-term care illnesses. One step below hospital acute care. Regular medical supervision and rehabilitation therapy are mandated to be available, and nursing homes are eligible to participate in the Medicaid program. May be referred to as skilled nursing facility.
Much like with families, our referral partners can find themselves on either end of the urgency spectrum.
On the long-term/planning side, we can help estate and elder law attorneys, financial planners and forward thinkers with the information they need to help families well before a transition to senior housing is needed. Whenever possible, it is best to have a plan and resources in place.
On the more immediate side, we can help social workers, discharge planners, and even other assisted living communities find the right community for their patient – and can do so on very short notice.
Sometimes change renders a good plan ineffective or provides an immediate challenge. It’s good to know there are resources out there that can help, no matter the scenario.