Wednesday, November 25, 2015
1012 C Street  •  Floresville, TX 78114  •  Phone: 830-216-4519  •  Fax: 830-393-3219  • 

WCN Site Search

Lost & Found

Found: Military dog tag at Wal-mart fuel station, name on tag is Perez Lilliana. If you are or know this person, call Felix 830-391-3003 to claim.
Lost: Small black male dog, white on chest, has Harley Davidson collar, answers to Spaz, last seen Nov. 10 on corner of Eagle Ridge/Hwy. 181. Call/text 210-723-5893.

VideoLost: Chocolate Lab, female, named Linda, from Abrego Lake Subdivision. Text/call if spotted or found, 916-508-6024.
More Lost & Found ads ›

Help Wanted

Billing and Shipping Rep. needed for local manufacturer in Elmendorf. Responsibilities: customer service, sales order entry, bills of lading, Internet sales and shipping, filing, and answering phones. Requirements: high school diploma or GED, packaging and shipping knowledge preferred with DOT and HAZMAT. Excellent benefits offered. Apply in person at 7124 Richter Road, Elmendorf, TX or fax resume to 210-635-7999.
The San Antonio River Authority is looking for highly qualified individuals for the Riparian Technician position. High School Diploma/GED required plus 1 year experience in operation and maintenance of landscape or agricultural equipment. We offer a great benefit package for employees. If interested, apply at for more information.
More Help Wanted ads ›

Featured Videos

Video Vault ›

Savvy Senior

Locating, comparing senior housing

E-Mail this Story to a Friend
Print this Story

Jim Miller is responsible for this content, which is not edited by the Wilson County News or
January 25, 2011 | 2,903 views | Post a comment

Dear Savvy Senior,

Can you explain the different types of senior housing options, and recommend some good resources for locating and choosing one? My 84-year-old mother took a nasty fall last month in her home and thinks it may be time to check out some senior facilities.

Need Some Help

Dear Need,

There’s a wide array of housing options available to seniors today, but what’s available to your mom will depend on her location, needs and finances. Here are some tips to help you get started.

Get Assessed

Your first step is to assess your mom’s financial and physical situation: What can she afford? How is her health and memory? Does she need help with daily living chores? A resource that can help you with this is the Care Interpreter (see, a free online tool that asks a few questions and matches her with the most suitable living situation.

If you feel you need some additional help, consider hiring a geriatric care professional (see ) who can give your mom a thorough evaluation for around $300 to $800, and recommend some appropriate housing options in the area. Here are her options.

Independent Living

If your mom is in relatively good health and is self-sufficient, try “independent living communities.” Typically available to people over age 55, this type of senior housing is usually apartments or town homes that are fully functional. In addition, many of these communities also offer amenities.

To locate independent living or retirement communities, contact your area agency on aging. Call 1-800-677-1116, or visit to get your local number. Most of these communities are private-pay only, and run anywhere from $1,000 to over $4,000 per month.

If that’s too steep, another option to check out is “senior apartments,” which are often subsidized by HUD for lower income seniors. You can also locate these through your local housing authority ( or call 1-800-955-2232) or search .

Needs Some Help

If your mom needs some help with daily living activities, you’ll need to look into “assisted living facilities.” These types of facilities provide personal care (bathing, dressing, eating, going to the bathroom) when needed, as well as meals, housekeeping, transportation, social activities and medication management. Some facilities also offer special care units for residents with dementia. Costs for this type of care is usually between $2,500 and $6,000 per month, and most facilities only accept private-pay or long-term care insurance.

Another similar, but less expensive option to inquire about is “board and care homes.” These offer many of the same services as assisted living facilities but in a much smaller home setting.

Your area aging agency is again your best resource for finding these facilities, or try online resources like After you locate a few, check them out by calling your local ombudsman -- the government official who investigates long-term care facilities -- and ask whether there have been complaints. See, or call 1-800-677-1116 for contact information.

Needs More Help

If your mom is in need of ongoing medical care, you may need to check out local “nursing homes” that provide skilled nursing care. To find one, Medicare offers a great Nursing Home Compare tool ( ) that lets you search and compare facilities in your area. If you want more information on a particular nursing home contact your local ombudsman, or for a fee you can purchase detailed reports through companies like and .

Combo Housing

Another form of senior housing you should know about is “continuing-care retirement communities” (CCRCs). This is a nice option because it provides all levels of senior housing, services and care in one convenient location, but CCRCs are expensive typically requiring a hefty buy-in or entrance fee along with on-going monthly service fees. For more information see .

Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC “Today” show and author of The Savvy Senior book. Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit .
‹ Previous Blog Entry

Your Opinions and Comments

Be the first to comment on this story!

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Not a subscriber?
Subscriber, but no password?
Forgot password?

Savvy Senior Archives

Resource Links savvy senior
Savvy Senior blog bio side
Drama KidsTriple R DC Expertsauto chooserVoncille Bielefeld homeAllstate & McBride RealtyClarity WellHeavenly Touch home

  Copyright © 2007-2015 Wilson County News. All rights reserved. Web development by Drewa Designs.