Ed Nava, Executive Director

Ed Nava, Executive Director

Current Trends Toward Elderly Care

Several options are available to the elderly who require assistance in daily care needs. Those who seek assistance in basic care such as showering, meal preparation, medication administration, toileting, laundry care and Dementia, may choose an array of various assisted living facilities and assisted living residential care homes.  More pronounced mental and physical challenges such as Alzheimer’s, COPD, Incontinence, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis and other neurological and physical disorders, an assortment of nursing home facilities offer more specialized, skill care to those who require it.  But, elderly care comes with a high cost.

Most nursing home residents are Medicaid recipients, benefiting from government entitlement programs. Many assisted living facilities receive both Medicaid and private pay, while the majority of assisted living residential care homes are private pay only. Oftentimes, Social Security, Medicaid, Long-Term Care Insurance and/or Veteran’s Insurance won’t cover all needed expenses such as medications, rehabilitation therapy, surgery and hospital costs.  According to recent research by the Bupa Care Hospice, most haven’t saved enough money for retirement and elder care for themselves. Research has revealed that to help offset costs for many elderly and the growing Baby Boomer population entering retirement age, various non-profit programs such as the Aging Services Foundation of Boulder County, Colorado, offer services through their Foundation funding program for those elderly who wish to remain in their homes for care. Care needs may include rental assistance, transportation, assistance with household chores, home-delivered meals, short-term respite breaks for family caregivers, dental care, eyeglass care and home appliance maintenance.

For those who find themselves in either nursing home, or assisted living environments that provide good quality care, but have depleted their financial resources to remain in those locations, there are no known programs to keep those residents in those facilities.Therefore, other arrangements must be made to continue care for the elderly to include family members homes cared by family members, or by less desirable conditions that may affect both mental, emotional and physical health.

The non-profit, In The Master’s Steps, meets the challenge by offering and providing relief through financial support for existing residents at Safe Harbor Assisted Living.  Welcome to, in The Master’s Steps, an outreach program to serve the elderly.