Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you offer full service, free assisted living guidance to your clients?
We get paid a marketing fee from the assisted living/ memory care facility or board and care homes. We have agreements with just about all of them in Northern Colorado. Our client does need to have a year of private pay before Medicaid to assure complete free assistance.
Wouldn’t you only take people to where you have placement contracts?
No. Again, we have agreements with most of them and truly want only the very best for your loved one. We are biased only towards who we know does the best job.
I’ve been looking and I’m confused. My dad has $75,000 and it seems like all the assisted livings are not medicaid certified. Where are they?
They are few and far between. So many of the assisted livings down the street from you are private pay only. If someone has 3 or more years of private pay funds it may be ok to move in for awhile. Most of the options for medicaid spend down are in the smaller board and care homes. We know where they are and which ones have compassionate owners and good care models.
Where are the small board and care assisted living homes in Northern Colorado?
A greater concentration of assisted living homes with 6-10 residences are south of Denver. Jefferson county has one of the best selections. Boulder county has hardly any and are full most all the time. North of Denver up into Weld and Larimer there are a few, but we need more.
What is all-inclusive assisted living pricing?
Monthly rent that includes all the care needed to take care of your loved one. They are not charged extra for care services i.e. medication administration, dressing, reminding, etc. Only a few small board and care homes offer this kind of pricing. Families trying to plan on one set price per month like this model. It is nice to know that even if you mom needs extra care she won’t be billed for it.
Will my dad be able to find a good home even with his behavioral problems?
There are real medical problems that can be helped, especially if there is a better doctor and oversight from case management skilled professionals. There are also some assisted living staffs who specialize in tougher cases. They work hard to get them in a better spot with good training and love.
My mom is reluctant to move and being stubborn. What can I do?
Talk early and often about your concern for her safety. You care enough to at least say something. Independence is tougher than the most protective child. You can still make the calls and get ready for options if there is a fall or tragedy that requires assisted living care. It’s scary for the elderly with financial worries and the need for someone else’s help. You try and stay one step ahead if you can, always advocating on their behalf.
Where are the memory care facilities in Boulder, Jefferson, Adams and Larimer Counties?
More and more Memory care facilities are being built in 2015 than ever. They are almost all private pay from $6000-$8000 a month. Morning Star is building a nice assisted living and memory care in Boulder. Green Ridge Memory care opened recently in Westminster. Bethesda opened and is already filled in Thornton. There are other planned developments we know about and will stay up to date on new openings.
Who are the best Geriatric Care Managers?
The best GCM’s have years of experience and training in senior health care. Hands on case management where advocacy is learned along the way. Each Geriatric Care Manager brings a different skill set, e.g., healthcare, financial, organizational, advocacy. They can do everything you do for your dad or mom now. Plus they are trained in specific ways to be a good set of extra eyes, overseeing good care. There are some good ones in Boulder County, Denver, and Larimer. Call for referrals.
What are activities of daily living?
Bathing, dressing, toileting, eating, mobility, and cognition. These are the non-medical areas that assisted living staff can help an older adult with. It’s important that the staff let their patient do as much as they can and want to do to remain as independent as possible. If their client wants to get stronger, every attempt should be made to exercise. Physical therapy should always be an option and most people don’t know you don’t have to go to the hospital to get Medicare home health benefits. They say you gotta keep moving!
My Mom is making very poor decisions. Is guardianship an option?
Dementia, driving, independence and people’s rights can be one big ugly mess.
Courts have to declare someone incompetent before guardianship is granted to family or the state. Doctors are reluctant to sign off and are often unaware of all the problems their patient is really having. What can be really difficult is when the behavior from the disease makes it hard for the person trying to help them the most. Adult protection in each city can give advice and steps to take. Talk to an elder care attorney if you’re really concerned.
Our family disagrees on the best care for Dad and Mom? What do we do?
The most important care is what is most important to your folks, within reason. Everyone has a family and sometimes the caring hearts or lack of information can break the family unit down. The siblings from out of state can mean well but have no idea what is really going on. Try bringing in a GoCare advisor or a Geriatric Care Manager to help mediate safety and dignity. A third party professional can help get the family on an agreed upon plan of care.
My Dad is a grumpy man and refuses any help. Any suggestions?
Dads are special in a lot of ways, however, they can get grumpy and independent and controlling and hard to deal with. Men also have fears of lack of purpose, lost independence, and a world that can be spiraling down. Some men have been grumpy their whole lives and nothing is really different. Others feel the pain and loss of control and it comes out in many ways. Empathize, remind him he has done well, and try to get some new meaning and hope in his life. A new men’s group, calls to old friends, and some new ways to give him purpose.
How much does it cost to move into assisted living?
Besides the monthly cost to lease the apartment or room monthly rent, there is usually a community fee. They may be called set up fee or other name but most have one. This is a one time fee due at the time of move in. They range in Colorado from $500 to $3500. Brookdale, Sunrise, and some of the other national companies allow you to move locations and not pay this cost again.
Will my mom require more care in an assisted living?
Possibly. Older adults, especially our elderly, can need extra care beyond what the staff can provide. Getting out of the E.R. or rehab are two examples. Sometimes mom may get confused with recent medication changes or a host of other reasons. Family should try their best to work with the A.L. staff to make sure she is safe. Extra night time care can be costly but worth it for awhile until she is doing better.

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