September 17, 2018 at 6:42 pm ·

Aid & Attendance for Assisted Living.

In preparation of moving my grandpa into Our House Assisted Living of Ogden (a sister company of Riverway Assisted Living and Memory Care of South Jordan) we knew there was some kind of benefit for veterans in assisted living but we didn’t understand the process or the details.  We did some research and found the US Department of Veterans Affairs website.  The Aid & Attendance for Assisted Living may be added to your monthly pension if you meet one of the following conditions:

– You require the aid of another person in order to perform personal functions required in everyday living, such as bathing, feeding, dressing, attending to wants of nature, adjusting prosthetic devices, or protecting yourself from the hazards of your daily environment.

-You are bedridden, in that your disability or disabilities requires that you remain in bed apart from any prescribed course of convalescence or treatment.

-You are a patient in a nursing home due to mental or physical incapacity.

-Your eyesight is limited to a corrected 5/200 visual acuity or less in both eyes; or concentric contraction of the visual field to 5 degrees or less

Eligibility which we found on Wikipedia included:

Someone is generally eligible for veteran’s pension if he or she

Was not discharged for dishonorable reasons; and,
Served 90 days of active military duty; and,
Served at least one day during wartime; and,
Had countable family income below a certain yearly limit; and,
Is age 65 years or older; or Regardless of age is permanently disabled, not due to willful misconduct.

My grandpa signed up for the army in 1942 at the age of 19 years old.  He left for basic training to Camp Roberts.  In December of 1943 he went South across the Equator to New Caledonia Island.  My grandpa was trained in wire and phone communications.  It was there that he received a telegram that his son Dale was born in January 1944.  It would be more than 2 years before he would be able to see his son for the first time.  He was then put on ship to New Zealand  and was assigned to the 43rd division.  On September 8, 1945 my grandpa was on a ship to Japan Main Land, but while the convoy moved North towards Japan the Air Force dropped the atomic bomb.  The Japanese surrendered.  How lucky he was.  He told me that sometimes he thinks about if the atomic bomb wasn’t dropped then he probably wouldn’t be alive. One September 13, 1945 my grandpa and his division were the first to go in after the Japanese surrendered.  My grandpa came home on October 18, 1945 to see his wife and son.

We also talked to the administration of Our House Assisted Living because we felt like my grandpa would qualify because he needed assistance with everyday activities. They suggested to call Utah Senior Planning.  They had us a gather few documents like discharge papers, marriage certificate, financial information.  Then Our House provided a service plan, nurse and doctor assessment, and the service agreement that included the monthly fee at the assisted living community.  Senior Planning told us that it could take a few months to receive the benefit.  After about 6 months we received notice that my grandpa would receive $1794.00 a month to pay for assisted living.

With my grandpa’s social security and Veteran’s benefit he can now cover the costs of living at Our House Assisted Living of Ogden without having to dip into his small savings account each month.  He has his own apartment with plenty of room, 3 meals a day, multiple activities throughout the day to attend to, new relationships with other residents and staff members.  My family and I can visit him anytime we like and he told me just a few weeks ago that he is happy.  Assisted Living has been great for my grandpa and our family.  At first he was hesitant and said that he didn’t want to move into a place with a lot of old people.  He was a young 92 years old when he moved in.  He is now 94 and we just celebrated Christmas with him.  Even though he have to shout at the top of your lungs for him to hear you we sure enjoy seeing him and we hope he is around for many years to come.

Nate Boswell

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January 22, 2018 at 4:26 pm ·

What you can do to prevent Alzheimer’s

At Riverway Assisted Living and Memory Care of South Jordan, we have 18 apartments that are dedicated to caring for residents with Alzheimer’s care.  Its a devastating disease and our caregivers are specially trained to care for our residents that suffer from Alzheimer’s.

You may have heard that Alzheimer’s is hereditary and there isn’t much we can do about it.  However, according to this TED Talk by Lisa Genova there are many things we can do to prevent Alzheimer’s.  Lisa is the author of “Still Alice“. Please take a few minutes to watch this video to find out what we can do to build an Alzheimer’s resistant brain.

Thank you

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February 1, 2017 at 7:07 pm ·

Signs of Dementia

Signs of Dementia

What are the early Signs of Dementia?  What can I do about it?  How can I help my loved?  These are questions that we get asked on a daily basis at Riverway Assisted Living and Memory Care in South Jordan Utah.  We want to be able to help your loved one before it gets to be to late.  Riverway Assisted Living and Memory Care has Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) that have been trained how to assist with those who are suffering from Dementia or Alzheimer’s.

The early signs of dementia are most often subtle and may not be obvious us.Signs of Dementia
  • Memory loss
  • Struggles of day-to-day function.
  • Difficulty performing familiar tasks.
  • Confusion about time and place.
  • Difficulty with language.
  • Problems with abstract thinking.
  • Poor or decreased judgment.
  • Start to consistently misplace things.

Signs of DementiaThere are a few treatments that you can talk to your doctor about to help slow down the progression of dementia. They have not found a cure for dementia yet.  Once you have been diagnosed with dementia or loved one has.  This is a good time to start looking at options and what can be done in the future.  This will give you the ability to look at multiple communities that offer assistance with dementia or Alzheimer’s in their Memory Care Communities.  This way you will be able to see what is offered and not feel like it has to be a rushed decision, or something that has to be done tomorrow.  You want to make sure you find something that works best for everyone.

Riverway Assisted Living and Memory Care has a variety of different apartments to accommodate every possible need.  We have studio’s, one bedrooms and shared apartments for you to chose from.  Our community is setup to allow for a home like and very open environment.  Giving each resident the comforts of home and the ability to keep as much independents as possible.

At Riverway Assisted Living and Memory Care we offer 3 meals a day with an always available menu for our residents.  We also have activities going on every hour to get those mental, physical and cognitive faculties working.

Take the time to look into what is offered to help your loved one and what can be done to help them and yourself

through this difficult disease.

Signs of Dementia

You can go to www.alz.org to read more about the options and treatments that may be available in your area.

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