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Senior Scene® | March Issue
Zon Beachside Assistd Luxury Living Laura Bierbaum Life Enrichment Director
It is an honor to be the Life Enrichment Director at Zon Beachside! Our philosophy encompasses the tenets of Intellectual, Physical, Social, Emotional, Spiritual and Community Wellness. With a comprehensive offering of regular activities from arts and crafts to Wii Sports and lots more in-between, there is sure to be something that appeals to everyone. Suggestions for new activities are always welcome at Zon, and actually encouraged at each “Listen & Learn” session!
There are plenty of group socials (we have the best parties in town), but I believe what sets Zon Beachside apart from other facilities is the integration of the local community and cultural events. Regular worship is offered for those of faith, both Protestant and Catholic. WE have been “adopted” by the Indian Harbour Beach Garden Club, the Satellite Beach High School Football Team and the Indian Harbour Beach Montessori. Each group plays a role interacting with our Residents, enhancing their lives in different ways.
Even more impressive to me as a Director, is the willingness of my Residents to help. There is a group that cuts coupons for the soldiers overseas. Others knit caps for premature babies. Some assist fellow Residents in Beacon Harbour, our Memory Care Unit. I am very blessed to have so many who love to help, especially when it comes to preparing for a large event. Because of the Resident’s involvement in so many aspects of the programming, we all share in its success!
Please come by for a tour and pick up a monthly newsletter and calendar – you will see at a glance what makes us stand out in the community!
Not All Senior Living Advisors or Assisted Living Referral / Placement Agencies Are Created Equal
Troy Denault, Soter LLC
In July of 2012, Florida Statute 429.195 was modified to allow Assisted Living Facilities to pay commissions to contracted referral services. This change created a new business concept within Healthcare known as Senior Living Advisors & Assisted Living Referral / Placement Agencies. These organizations are designed to help families find the right senior living solution for a loved one that can’t live at home alone anymore. These organizations market themselves as a “FREE COMMUNITY SERVICE” because they are contracted directly with facilities and are paid commissions when someone they refer moves in. At this point this business concept is loosely regulated, varies widely in how they are contracted and compensated by assisted living facilities, and locally put seniors and their families in the hands of people that have little to no experience working in Healthcare or the Senior Living Industry prior to becoming an “industry expert.”
When deciding which Senior Living Advisor or Agency to work with here in Brevard, ask 2 basic questions:
1. Are you contracted and paid more by guiding my family member into more expensive assisted living communities versus lesser expensive ones?
2. What are your credentials for this line of work? How many years did you work in assisted living or memory care prior to becoming a “Senior Living Advisor” or “Assisted Living Industry Expert”?
Understand that choosing the wrong Agency or Advisor for your family can be devastating! For more information, please feel free to call: 321-626-2232.
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