SunPorch of Smith County Project on Schedule; Community’s Help Sought

SunPorch of Smith County Project on Schedule; Community’s Help Sought

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The construction of SunPorch of Smith County has reached the half-way mark, with completion expected this spring.“The project is moving right along but we still need the community’s help for the finishing touches,” said Tammy Pettijohn, SunPorch administrator. “We have had many successes with our fundraising campaign but are still shy of our goal.”Dr. Joe Barnes is chairman of the fundraising committee, which is meeting with individuals and businesses about potential donations. So far, $1 million has been donated but another $300,000 is needed for the non-profit, long-term-care entity located south of the new Smith County Memorial Hospital (SCMH).Donated funds are earmarked for nursing and kitchen equipment, and all furniture and fixtures.Other funding sources have included United States Department of Agriculture loans and tax credits.“These loans and credits have provided…
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Small, intimate and friendly

Small, intimate and friendly

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Today I spent time with a group of planners, designers and forward thinking individuals discussing the design of a new building for elder care. Our group focused on The Green House model and all of the positive implications for quality of life it provides. Every detail of this model has been studied and now over 200 Green House-style elder care facilities have been built across the nation. Our guide, a Green House Project leader shared that the two components of direct light and line of site have emerged as the key elements of a successful Green House design. Living with nine other elders in a home, with a private bedroom and bath, has proven that small can be better....the outcomes of lower usage of medications, higher resident and family satisfaction…
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Who will need long term care services in the future? 52% of elderly

Who will need long term care services in the future? 52% of elderly

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A report LONG-TERM SERVICES AND SUPPORTS FOR OLDER AMERICANS: RISKS AND FINANCING by the office of HHS OFFICE OF THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR PLANNING AND EVALUATION OFFICE OF DISABILITY, AGING AND LONG-TERM CARE POLICY date February 2016 states: Most Americans underestimate the risk of developing a disability and needing long-term services and supports (LTSS). Using microsimulation modeling, we estimate that about half (52%) of Americans turning 65 today will develop a disability serious enough to require LTSS, although most will need assistance for less than two years. About one in seven adults, however, will have a disability for more than five years. On average, an American turning 65 today will incur $138,000 in future LTSS costs, which could be financed by setting aside $70,000 today. Families will pay about half of the costs themselves…
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