Veterans’ senior-living benefits, Medicaid qualifiers

Belmont Village

I attended a delicious and informative lunch-and-learn event yesterday at the brand new Belmont Village Senior Living in Scottsdale. Don Smith, chartered financial consultant with Emerald Capital Preservation focused on the help that the VA offers war-time veterans who are no longer equipped to accomplish some of the activities of daily living.

Following the event I toured the assisted living and memory care facility with Millie Oakeson, community relations manager.

Don Smith specializes in assisted living financial planning, not only for veterans but for those who might qualify for Medicaid and anyone who needs to do estate planning and set up healthcare and financial powers of attorney. He’s a long-time member of the National Ethics Association.

He told us about the VA Aid and Attendance Program. Continue reading “Veterans’ senior-living benefits, Medicaid qualifiers”

RN Patient Advocate Says Be Your Own Advocate

I visited  Pacific Senior Living in Peoria yesterday,  where Mary Aime-Juedes RN, BSN, iRNPA, founder of RN Patient Advocates of Scottsdale spoke to a small local audience about patient advocacy. A delicious lunch was included at this free presentation.  Pacifica Senior Living offers memory care units at two local facilities (Peoria and Paradise Valley,) with a noted Rediscovery Program developed by Encore Senior Living. The locked grounds are spacious, with plenty of shade trees and roomy covered porches, so residents can walk or gather outside at will and in comfort and safety.

Aime-Juedes is an accomplished RN with 20 years experience in many fields including Workers Compensation and oncology.  A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, she learned to be a patient advocate at UofA’s College of Nursing, along with three other students. There are, however, only two practicing patient advocates in all of Arizona, and a little over 50 in the entire U.S.  Continue reading “RN Patient Advocate Says Be Your Own Advocate”

Senior-Living Lessons via AARP, Palos Verdes Sr Living

Ritch Steven, volunteer AARP Advocacy Network presenter and 30-year retirement-community veteran administrator, provided a wealth of excellent handouts and information on senior living options at yesterday’s lunch-time presentation. The venue was one-year-old Palos Verdes Senior Living, in Peoria. What a beautiful place! I toured the facility after the presentation with JoAnn Greeney, the center’s outreach coordinator. I was especially impressed with the wing designed for folks with Alzheimer’s and dementia issues. It was bright, warm, and cheery, with a lovely outdoor enclosed patio, and an indoor look that gave me the feel of a stroll through a 50’s-error smalltown community. At first glance, I could see myself or a loved one here.

Steven took the time before his presentation to hear from the audience about their specific concerns and questions.

Here are the myriad things we learned: Continue reading “Senior-Living Lessons via AARP, Palos Verdes Sr Living”

AARP Arizona Tips on Long Term Care, SNF, Assisted Living

I’m at the beautiful Palos Verdes Senior Living community in Peoria, where Ritch Steven, AARP Arizona Advocacy Volunteer, and member of AARP National Policy Council, is going to speak on important care issues for seniors.

He’ll be answering questions such as:

  • What is a Skilled Nursing facility and who qualifies for that care;
  • What is a long term care facility, and
  • What is an assisted living center.

After the presentation I’m going to take a tour with the facility’s outreach coordinator. Stay tuned. I’ll be sharing what I learned here, and tweeting it as @SeniorWellth.

Elder Law Seminar at Glencroft in Glendale

Glencroft Retirement Community in Glendale is hosting the first Elder Law Day seminar sponsored by AZ Department of Economic Security, Division of Aging and Adult Services. I just met Jennifer Ramirez, Legal Services Developer for the state office, who said this was their first time trying the event and whether it was repeated depended on turnout and feedback. Several vendors in an exhibit hall downstairs which hasn’t opened quite yet. Had I known I would have had a booth to share Medicare plans info, final expense coverage material and identity theft protection and restoration tips from LegalShield. Next year for sure, if this gets repeated.

Topics to be presented today:

Letters to Your Loved Ones, by Kenney Hegland, Uof A law professor

Taking the Boring out of Estate Planning, Family Caregiver Support, a Final Affairs talk by Tisha Diffie, owner of After the Fact.

Cathy Shiroda, chair of ElderFriends board of directors is going to talk about prevention of elder abuse, and AZ Attorney General’s Office community and outreach specialist Debra Boehlke will share the Top Consumer Scams with the audience. (and I will share them with you!)

Boehlke will also discuss senior abuse, as part of her role on the Attorney General’s Taskforce Against Senior Abuse.

There are door prizes galore today at this free seminar, that include a flat screen TV, a Kindle, golf for two at Sun City Country Club, a complimentary living trust, and a $50 gift card to Harkins Theaters..

Vendors include Benevilla Adult Day Program, Logalicy, Global Computer Tutor, Hospice of Arizona, Re/Max Professionals, Southwest Fair Housing Council, Society for Financial Awareness, WJ Bradley Home Mortgage LLC and several others.

I should mention that I learned about this event on Meetup, where the Senior Health Associates listed it as a group outing. Have you joined Meetup yet? You really should!

MORE HERE AS THE DAY GOES ON,. and follow my tweets @seniorwellth and @idguardgal, #elderlaw

AZ’s Long-Term-Care Score Card

In the fall of 2011 AARP completed a study of long-term care in every U.S. state with the help of the California-based non-profit The SCAN Foundation. The report ranked each state’s long-term-care services based on affordability, quality of life, support to caregivers and several other criteria. Among the states, Arizona’s overall rank was 15 – not bad at all.  Those that ranked at the top were Midwest or Northwest states such as Minnesota, Washington, Oregon and Colorado. The Southeast scored poorly, with the bottom three spots going to West Virginia, Alabama and Mississippi. To see the complete report, or view rankings state by state, visit LongTermScoreCard. Here’s the AZ overview:  Continue reading “AZ’s Long-Term-Care Score Card”