Although today's article appeared in the New York Times several years ago I've kept it just in case it came in handy as I enjoy sharing good information with others who may be looking for help these days. The article described methods families can use to challenge Assisted living Facilities when their ever increasing, ballooning monthly bills are standing in the way of a parent's ability to remain in an ALF. According to the article, the most frequent cost increase used to cover rising expenses are made when the resident moves to the next level of care. That can be as a result of the parent requiring supervision with medications or diabetic injections, bathing or dressing help, has incontinence issues, etc. But these costs can also soar due to arbitrary decision-making from internal policies and may be challenged. Using an elder care manager who has experience and reputation appealing these in-house assessments may help get some of these decisions reversed in favor of the many families struggling to keep mom or dad in a safe environment. I've taught the classes needed under state law for new Assisted Living Owners or Administrators and one thing I've learned is it is not whether or not mom or dad will have a rent increase, it is when they will have a rate increase.
Ask me if interested in help with a similar situation you may be having. I've reassessed some clients having successfully reversed some of these charges.
To read the actual article click on the following link: http://newoldage.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/12/07/when-the-assisted-living-bill-balloons/?src=tp&_r=0
Posted 8th February 2016 by Olga Brunner
Labels: Assisted living facilities, elder care manager, levels of care
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I Have worn many hats in my day: Nursing Home Assistant Admin and Activities Director, Assisted Living Admin, Case Management for the State-wide Medicaid Program, and Trainer for Dept of Elder Affairs.