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Episode 10: Challenging The Way We Find Residential Care with Beth Miller, CarePatrol

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“Senior living is changing at an astronomical rate. My job is to give you options and keep you educated so you can make the very best decision based on your unique situation.” 

Beth Miller, CSA, CarePatrol

Welcome to Mavericks for Senior Living: Challenging The Way We Age. We are two innovators and entrepreneurs who have huge hearts and passion for our older adults. And we see all kinds of opportunities to improve today’s system and create hope for the way we age.

In this episode we talk about challenging the way we search for residential care for our loved one. Most people go to online searches first and quickly get overwhelmed. There are better options!

We talk with Beth Miller of CarePatrol about how families can go about finding the right care when needed. CarePatrol is a company that helps families understand the options available in senior care communities and helps you find the right fit for your loved one and their situation. 

Beth tells us, “nine times out of ten, I get a call when someone is in an emergency situation. And that is never a good time to have to make a decision.” She recommends getting in touch with an expert such as herself before an emergency so you can understand the various choices and be better able to make good decisions down the road. 

She reminds us that it is very important to have a Power of Attorney in place. You can’t do a whole lot without that. Educate yourself on your family’s situation, your parent’s preferences for how and where they age, and understand their financial means so you can determine options such as a Medicaid spend-down without having to move your loved one.

Senior living is changing at an astronomical rate. Katherine’s advice is to use a local placement agency such as CarePatrol. They are free to families and they personally tour the local facilities, they know the incident reports of each community, they know the culture and capabilities, and they can help you reduce the stress, time and frustration of looking for just the right place for mom, dad, or your spouse. It’s not easy, but there is help. 

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Mavericks of Senior Living is produced by Serenity App, Inc. and Assured Assisted Living. This episode was produced by Katherine Wells and Francis LeGasse.   You can subscribe to Mavericks for Senior Living on Apple Podcasts, Google Play or Stitcher. You can also find us on TwitterFacebook, or via email at challenges@mavericksofseniorliving.

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