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Senior Helpers

Non-Medical 1540 East Iron Eagle Drive, Eagle, Idaho, 83642

More than 90% of seniors wantto age in their own home with dignity but getting the right type of care canseem daunting. At Senior Helpers Boise Treasure Valley, we believe that gettingthe best care for your loved ones should not be complicated. We take in-home care seriously and make it a priority to providethe highest level of client service possible. Over the years we have built anexceptional team of care professionals, each committed to remaining at theforefront of the in-home care industry through our proprietary ongoing trainingand education programs. Like every other owner, Nick Magnusson is fullycommitted to the original goal of providing dependable and affordable in-homecare with well-trained caregivers, and Senior Helpers of North Idaho became isa valuable resource for seniors and families in our community. Making the decision to seek in-home care for a family member isnever an easy decision. Sherryl and her team at Senior Helpers will walk youthrough the steps, explain your options, provide relief to you and your family,and provide excellent communication with the aim of meeting the changing needsof your loved one.Senior Helpers of North Idaho is passionate about letting our senior community age in place with independence, grace, and dignity. We are committed to providing uncompromising levels of care to all clients and their families. Senior Helpers of North Idaho is passionate about letting our senior community age in place with independence, grace, and dignity. We are committed to providing uncompromising levels of care to all clients and their families.

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Grannie on the Move

Housing Placement & Resource Specialists 3587 E. Overland Road, Meridian, Idaho, 83642

Senior Care Advisors help seniors who can no longer live independently with all of the next steps.We start by doing an assessment to determine what level of care is appropriate for the client. Once the level of care is determined we then evaluate and identify the right assisted living, memory care, or nursing facility, based on physical, financial, and geographical needs.We will also coordinate the sale of the home with a licensed realtor, coordinate the liquidation of assets with estate sale professionals, and help facilitate the move.Not ready to leave home yet? No problem! We also do short-term care management, assisting you in finding all of the resources needed to help you or your loved one live safely in your own home.Visit our website for more info!How Can We Help?1.  Perform a comprehensive assessment that helps determine the level of care needed and any social needs and desires.2.  Consider the older adults budget and assess what benefits they may be elgible for.3. Determine what geographic area preference to ensure that we identify facilities that are not only appropriate but also convenient and affordable.Our goal is to help our clients find an independent living facility, assisted living, memory care communities, or other form of senior living community that meets their practical needs and provides a supportive, comfortable, and enjoyable environment.By taking the time to understand each individuals unique needs and preferences, we can help them make an informed decision that will help them live their best quality of life for this next chapter of their life, while providing peace of mind during the entire process.:

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St Luke's Home Health and Hospice

Hospice 3330 E Louise Suite 400, Meridian, Idaho, 83364

We enter this world surrounded by love and comfort and we deserve the same when we leave. Caring for a dying loved one at home can be enriching and rewarding, but its never easy. That's why St. Luke's Hospice offers a team of highly specialized professionals and volunteers trained to provide the care and support to help patients die peacefully, and live as fully as possible until the moment of death. The care provided by St. Luke's Hospice allows people to die with dignity in their own homes, in familiar surroundings, with those they love by their side. We provide expert medical care, pain and symptom management, and emotional and spiritual support offering stability and comfort when and where its needed most.

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The Pointe at Meridian-Assisted Living

Assisted Living South Titanium Avenue, Meridian, Idaho, 83642

Whether you or your loved one need minimal assistance, or a more thorough and comprehensive care plan.The Pointe will provide a formal fine dining experience for those looking to explore new cuisines, or old favorites. However, if you have plans and are on the go, we also offer quick snacks so you can grab something on your way out to wherever life takes you that day.Our medical assessments are done prior to admittance into our community and routinely thereafter to ensure we are providing the top notch care you expect. All care plans are determined with input by you or your representative, our staff, and your primary care physician; in concert, we believe we will be able to provide the care necessary to achieve optimal success while maintaining dignity and respect.The Pointe at Meridian is a retirement community where every element of true living comes together in one harmonious placeLife within our independent living community can truly be carefree.Our main building also features a private movie theater, spa, salon, fitness center, activity rooms and much more.The Pointe will provide a formal fine dining experience for those looking to explore new cuisines, or old favorites. However, if you have plans and are on the go, we also offer quick snacks so you can grab something on your way out to wherever life takes you that day.Assisted Living:Whether you or your loved one need minimal assistance, or a more thorough and comprehensive care plan.Services Include:Weekly Housekeeping Weekly Personal Laundry and Bed Linens 3 Meals Daily Plus Snacks Transportation to Local Medical Appointments & Scheduled Shopping Outings All Utilities  Cable TV & Internet A Vibrant Activity Calendar Our medical assessments are done prior to admittance into our community and routinely thereafter to ensure we are providing the top notch care you expect. All care plans are determined with input by you or your representative, our staff, and your primary care physician; in concert, we believe we will be able to provide the care necessary to achieve optimal success while maintaining dignity and respect.Memory Care Community for Our Residents That Need Extra Care Due to Dementia.All of our residents in this portion of the community will be provided customized service plans provided by our trained care staff, available 24 hours a day with licensed nurse oversight.The service provided will be available in a tranquil and compassionate environment, catere

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A Will or a Trust- Which One Is Bet For You?

A  Will or Trust: Which is Best for You?When it comes to deciding whether a will or trust is best for you, it is important to understand your options and which one is most appropriate for your situation.WillA testamentary will (simply referred to as a will) is a legal document used to transfer an estate to beneficiaries after the death of the testator (a male person making the will) or testatrix (a female person making the will). Within the will, the testator or testatrix usually names a personal representative (same as an executor) for the estate. For a will to be valid in Idaho, it must meet specific requirements under Idaho law. Revocable Living TrustsA person, during his or her lifetime, may create a revocable living trust whereby the grantor (the person making the trust), trustee (the person who has legal authority to manage the trust assets) and beneficiary (the person who makes use of the trust assets) are all the same person.  After the grantor dies, depending on the trust instructions, the trust assets may be distributed outright or held within the trust and distributed over time or upon the happening of a designated event. Revocable living trusts may be appropriate for persons who own real property in more than one state or have a blended family where spouses have children from prior relationships.Testamentary Trusts A testamentary trust is a trust within a will. A testamentary trust is created upon the death of a person as specified in his or her will. The testamentary trust holds assets within the trust instead of outright distribution to a beneficiary. A common scenario is when parents create a testamentary trust to hold assets for the support of minor children or for college education for children until they reach a specified age. A testamentary trust can also hold assets for the special needs of a disabled child who receives government benefits. Does Having a Revocable Living Trust Eliminate Probate?To avoid the probate process, all assets must be transferred into the name of the revocable living trust. A common misconception is that a list of assets attached to the trust document accomplishes a transfer to the trust. However, the correct way to transfer assets requires an actual change to the title of assets including a home, certificate of deposits, bank accounts and brokerage accounts. Upon death, any assets titled in the name of an individual, not the trust, will be subject to the probate process. For this reason, when a person creates a revocable living trust, it is best to also create a will, called a pour-over-will, as a safety net to assure that upon death any assets titled in the name of an individual are transferred to the trust and distributed accordingly. In Idaho, generally speaking, the probate process can be quite simple and relatively inexpensive.A New or Updated Estate PlanWhether a will or trust is appropriate for you depends on your circumstances. If you already have a will or trust, it should be reviewed periodically to make sure it reflects your current wishes and needs or upon any significant change in your life such as divorce or death of a spouse or beneficiary. Other important estate planning documents include a general durable power of attorney, living will and durable power of attorney for health care. This article was written by Donna A. Schuyler, Attorney, who practices in the areas of estate planning, probate, trust administration, elder law, and guardianship. Donna Schuyler Law, PLLC; www.elderlawboise.com; Phone 208-344-1947

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Will Medicare or Medicaid Pay for Long-Term Care Services

Will Medicare or Medicaid Pay for Long-Term Care Services? Many people need some sort of long-term care services and support later in life as their ability to care for themselves declines. These services, such as assistance with bathing or showering, dressing, eating, transferring, toileting or continence can be provided in a persons home or long-term care community. May people who need long-term care services are confused about how much these services cost and who will pay for them. Some people think Medicare pays the costs. Others think they merely have to apply for Medicaid to have the government pick up the costs. Neither is necessarily correct. Medicare and Medicaid are two completely different programs which cover different services. Medicare Medicare is a health insurance program run by an agency of the federal government. It is available to all United States citizens above the age of 65 regardless of their income, providing that he or she paid taxes into the Social Security fund. It is basically run the same everywhere in the United States. Patients pay part of the cost through deductibles for hospital and other medical services. Medicare only covers medically necessary care and focuses on medical acute care such as doctor visits, drugs and hospital stays. Medicare coverage also focuses on short-term services for conditions that are expected to improve such as a short stay in a rehabilitation facility, or physical/occupational therapy to help a patient regain function after a fall or stroke. Medicare does not cover long-term care services. Medicaid Medicaid is a joint federal and state government program that helps folks who have low income and minimum assets pay for non-medical long-term care services provided at home or long-term care community. Each individual state runs its own Medicaid program. Unlike Medicare, Medicaid pays for personal care assistance on a long-term basis even if there is no expectation that a persons condition will improve. Under the Federal Spousal Impoverishment Act, the government provides protection for married couples whereby a certain amount of the couple's combined assets and income are protected for the well spouse while the other spouse is qualified for Medicaid. For persons who do not meet the low income and asset criteria for Medicaid coverage, private paying from income and savings is the most common source to cover long-term care costs. Long term care insurance helps cover costs for those who purchased a policy earlier in life. Family members also play a large part by providing informal primary caregiving services to loved ones who need help. This article was written by Donna A. Schuyler, Attorney, who practices in the areas of estate planning, elder law, guardianship, and probate. Donna Schuyler Law, PLLC; elderlawboise.com. Phone 208-344-1947

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A Guardianship… To Help Our Loved Ones

A Guardianship To Help Our Loved Ones All of us have family or friends who need assistance, whether financially, physically or, in the case of this article, mentally. In caring for our loved ones, it is important to know some legal guidelines to best serve them. When a person loses the ability to think clearly, it affects his or her ability to participate in meaningful decision-making. If that individual is unable to make rational, clear-headed decisions about health care, finances or other aspects of life, guardianship and/or conservatorship may be the next step if the person does not have power of attorney documents in place or if there is disagreement among family members about these issues. To appoint a guardian, a court must declare a person to be incapacitated based on findings where: A person who, due to his or her mental, physical and emotional status, prevents him or her from taking care of his/her own basic needs; and As a result, that person is in danger of substantial harm; and There is no one already legally authorized to make substitute decisions for the person. If the criteria are met, the court transfers the responsibility of determining living arrangements and medical decisions to the guardian and the responsibility for managing assets and finances to the conservator. Guardians and conservators have a duty to act in the best interest of the incapacitated person and in the least restrictive manner. Regular reports must be submitted to the court regarding the status of the incapacitated person and his or her finances and assets. Guardians - A guardianship is a legal right and duty given to a person to be responsible for managing the food, health care, housing, and other necessities of a person deemed fully or partially incapable of managing these necessities for him or herself. Conservators - A conservatorship is a legal right and duty given to a person to be responsible for managing the assets and finances of a person deemed fully or partially incapable of managing them for him or herself. Keep in mind it is possible to avoid the necessity of a guardianship and/or conservatorship through a good estate plan that includes both a medical power of attorney and a general durable power of attorney which permit trusted individuals to make health care decisions and manage financial affairs in the event of incapacity. This article was written by Donna A. Schuyler, Attorney, who practices in the areas of estate planning, elder law, guardianship and probate. Donna Schuyler Law, PLLC; elderlawboise.com; Phone 208-344-1947

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Senior Real Estate Specialists - Agents who Understand Seniors Needs

The real estate market is always changing, and one of the largest recent shifts is the way in which homes are marketed! In the past, agents specialized in fairly small geographic areas, such as the Boise Bench or North End Boise exclusively. This was essential because there was no Internet, and new listing information came via the fax machine and weekly or biweekly paper copy updates. Today, listings are put on the local Intermountain Multiple Listing Service (IMLS) electronically with tons of information available to anyone with access. Millions of people can now view your listing! In the past, most sellers expected their listing agent to put ads in the local newspaper, host open houses & bring the buyer to their home. Today, an exceptional listing agent understands that although there are still great ways to market through print ads, statistically, OVER 90% of buyers look for homes online via their computer, smart phones, tablets, etc. Furthermore, 40% of buyers find the home by themselves online, compared to only 2% using print ads! Your agent must understand this statistic and market where buyers are looking!Preferably, the listing agent will have a Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES) designation as well. This designation means the agent understands the unique situations Seniors face in buying or selling their homes, including: loss of loved ones, trusts, 401Ks, IRAs, down-sizing or right-sizing, community requirements, emotional attachments to the home, etc.A great agent can also assist their clients in preparing their home for sale to maximize profits by helping the seller stage their home, make necessary repairs, take professional photos, create a website for the home, etc. A SRES agent understands that Seniors may want to buy in a community that features specific amenities that are most desirable to Seniors, and also may consider proximity to health care professionals. Being near a local hospital could mean the difference between life or death. Be sure your agent has the SRES designation and is FULL-time, and do not be afraid to ask how many homes they sell annually. Everyone knows someone who sells real estate, but having a professional & caring agent will make a huge difference.By Sean Taylor Boise SRES Realtor & Top Producer

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