When to move to Supportive Living Facilities

Posted October 16, 2018
When to move to Supportive Living Facilities
Supportive Living Facilities (SLF) are basically assisted living communities that are subsidized by the State of Illinois. The Department of Healthcare and Family Services oversees the program which provides services that are usually not covered by Medicaid including personal care needs, medication reminders, laundry assistance, activities, transportation, three meals a day, and outings. When a senior has around $100,000 or less in total assets, and they need supportive services on a daily basis (bathing, dressing, etc),  this is a good time to think about Supportive Living as an option. SLF’s are typically around $4000 per month for all of the ...
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Choosing the Senior Living Option that’s Right for You

Posted November 20, 2015
Choosing the Senior Living Option that’s Right for You
As you grow older, it becomes increasingly necessary to consider your living options for the later years of your life. There are a number of factors to consider, including your risk for Alzheimer’s or dementia, health problems that might make care more difficult as the years go by, and even your financial options. Ultimately, you need to choose the option that’s right for you, but be prepared to change your choice based on your condition when the day comes that you’re no longer able to care for yourself well enough to remain at home without assistance. Here are some of ...
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2015 Cost of Assisted Living in Chicago Illinois

Posted November 13, 2015
2015 Cost of Assisted Living in Chicago Illinois
This is the number one question we get asked about assisted living every day. And if you are NOT asking this question and are assuming the government will pay for your parents stay at an assisted living, then we need to have a frank talk! Every year, Genworth Life publishes the average costs for senior care and elder care across the country.  These reports include the cost for not only assisted living but also nursing home care, home health aides & homemaker services as well as adult day care. On average across the country assisted living runs $43,200 a year. ...
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Free Seminar : Elder Planning 101 in Downers Grove

Posted August 11, 2015
Free Seminar : Elder Planning 101 in Downers Grove
Our advisor Kerry belongs to a group called the "Main Street Senior Resources" and they are hosting a FREE seminar on Tuesday Aug 18 about all things eldercare! Come and meet local experts as they present this seminar for seniors and their children to discuss everything you need to know about estate planning, protecting your assets from collection by medicaid or nursing homes, financial planning for your golden years, finding the right living situation and making the transition to an elder care facility. Where: Ballydoyle Irish Pub 5157 Main Street, Downers Grove When: Tuesday Aug 18th @ 7PM The group ...
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The Week: Why dementia costs the U.S. more than heart disease or cancer

Posted April 24, 2013
Here's an article worth sharing from The Week:  a look at the extensive costs of dementia... A new study says the U.S. could be spending $511 billion on dementia by 2040  By Keith Wagstaff | April 4, 2013  Dementia costs the United States $109 billion in direct care, according to a new study published by the New England Journal of Medicine. To put that in perspective, caring for heart disease costs about $102 billion and cancer $77 billion.   To continue reading their article click HERE  SOURCE
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Reminder: Local Event: Next Thursday, April 18th: Best Kept Eldercare Secrets

Posted April 9, 2013
Remember this post?  I wanted to follow up to reminder everyone that it's coming up soon and what a great resource this event will be to Caregivers!  This panel is full of senior care talent...   We'll have Signe Gleeson from Elder Care Solutions, Jeanie Smith from Remodel for Independance, our very own Kerry Quirin at Senior Living Experts and Attorney at Law Eileen Fitgerald.  These ladies bring in over 80 years of experience. Why should you come?  Come to learn how to promote independence!  Come to better understand the needs of you loved one!  Come to get help in ...
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AARP: Health Bulletin

Posted April 5, 2013
How do you guys feel about these new Take Care Clinics at Walgrens (available in the dark gray states)?  I think it's a good thing, but not everyone is so sure.  Would love to hear your thoughts!     image source Walgreens Becomes 1st Retail Chain To Diagnose, Treat Chronic Conditions By Julia Appleby, Kaiser Health News. This story was produced in collaboration with USA Today It’s not just sore throats and flu shots anymore. Walgreens today became the first retail store chain to expand its health care services to include diagnosing and treating patients for chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes and ...
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Mayo Clinic: Long term care: Early planning pays off

Posted April 1, 2013
Unsure of what type of environment would best suit your loved one?  The Mayo Clinic can help... It's best to talk about long term care early — before the need for medical or personal care is imminent. Here's help understanding, choosing and financing long term care. By Mayo Clinic staff Long term care is a general term used to describe various home and community-based services for adults who need help taking care of themselves. If you're considering long term care options for yourself, a parent or another loved one, start the research and discussions early. To continue reading the entire ...
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McKnight's: A Congress Update on Healthcare

Posted March 26, 2013
Here's a brief summary from McKnight's on the latest happenings with the healthcare/budget debate... Debate over healthcare spending continues as House, Senate pass budgets Both houses of Congress passed budgets late last week, setting up the next phase of the ongoing debate over healthcare spending. To continue reading the entire article click HERE SOURCE
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Local Event: Best Kept Eldercare Secrets: Thursday, April 18th

Posted March 12, 2013
One of our very own at Senior Living Experts, Kerry Quirin, is on this expert panel!  Are you still struggling with the best way to care for your loved one?  You are not alone and this event is here to help!  They will cover a wide range of topics including: Addressing Care Needs  Changing Living Arrangements Legal Issues and Documents  Managing the Current Situation Medicaid Rules For a larger view of the originial... Download Best Kept Secrets 2013 Flyer I'll plan to send out a reminder for this once we get closer.  Be sure to RSVP by April 15th!
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