FINDING Care and Community FOR SENIORS
By 2029, 20% of seniors will require physical assistance due to their health, but an estimated 8 million seniors won’t be able to afford their annual living costs. A senior who is healthy and independent today, with just enough income to meet expenses, may one day need the assistance and community that senior housing provides. But that senior’s cost of living will increase dramatically, and if the money runs out, what then? The burden falls on family and friends to either become that caregiver or provide financial assistance.
The burden, too, ultimately falls on our seniors, who deserve care and community. We must find a way to assist our seniors now to ensure they are safe and cared for without putting unnecessary strain on their loved ones.
Veterans housing assistance program
Senior veterans who served our country deserve respect and admiration – and affordable care and housing as they age. The Veterans Administration offers the Aid and Attendance pension program to qualifying veterans that can help reduce the burden of these costs, but the application process averages 60 days. This can delay care and cause seniors to miss opportunities for housing.
SHORE offers a two-month grant to eligible senior veterans that allows them to move into their new communities while their Aid and Attendance application is being processed. This ensures they can get the care they need and join the community they seek without fear of not having enough money to cover their expenses.
Veteran must be moving into, or already reside in, a senior housing community
• The senior housing community must verify the move-in date for the veteran.
• If the veteran does not have housing already, they can work with one of SHORE’s nonprofit allies that assist seniors in finding housing
Veteran must be working with an Aid and Attendance assistance organization that is allied with SHORE that will determine eligibility for these benefits
Additional income-related requirements must be met based on Aid and Attendance benefits qualifications.
Our partner organizations make applying for housing relief easier. Start the process of receiving help with the organizations below to ensure you meet all the qualifications of our veterans’ grant application.
Providing assistance to veterans in applying for VA Aid and Attendance benefits
Providing assistance to seniors in locating a senior community that meets their individual needs.
EVENTS and NEWS
Sue Farrow is the founder and owner of Integral Senior Living and the founder of Senior Housing Relief for Elders. Since she first set foot in a senior housing community at 25, she’s loved the senior housing industry, and her enthusiasm for it has only strengthened. Sue has helped grow several senior housing companies over the years, including her own that she started 20 years ago.
Her experiences led her to create SHORE as a way to give back to the industry that’s been so good for her. She understands how seniors’ lives can be positively impacted by living in a senior housing community and is focusing on making that more accessible to everyone through SHORE. Her dream is for all seniors to have access to quality housing and services, regardless of their income.
David Johanson serves as CEO of Senior Housing Relief for Elders. Seeing his mother struggle with isolation and lack of community during the COVID-19 pandemic cemented his focus and desire to help address housing issues for seniors. Because of this passion, he left his position as senior manager of Finance Product Technology at Robert Half, where he spent nearly 25 years supporting back office software, to join SHORE.
David believes that all seniors should have the opportunity to live in communities where they can thrive and have a sense of purpose.
Monica Carson serves as a director of SHORE. With more than 18 years of senior management experience, she brings a solid education foundation and passion for developing state-of-the-art processes that support partnership growth, new student recruitment, and overall positive student outcomes and success.
Monica’s professional experience spans more than 20 years of service in enrollment and student service operations for higher education. During her career, Monica has worked for the University of Phoenix, Grand Canyon University, Orbis Education and Dream Center Education Holding and most recently served at the chief growth officer at American College of Education. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University, and her master’s degree in adult and continuing education and teaching from the University of Phoenix.
Vicki Clark joins SHORE as a director with more than 38 years of experience in the senior housing industry and a passion to understand aging and dementia. She previously served as the president of Vintage Senior Living, where she managed 24 assisted living communities.
Vicki also served on the boards of nonprofits focused on addressing the needs of the senior population. She was board chair and director for the 50+ Housing Council and the California Assisted Living Assocation. Vicki was also a founding board member of More Than Shelter for Seniors and currently serves on the board of CHBA. In 2004, she received the Outstanding Women’s Leadership Award from Argentum and still works with their Women in Leadership program.
Polly Miller brings more than 30 years of experience to her role as a director for SHORE. She helped develop the sales and marketing initiatives for many senior housing companies, including Aegis Living, Integral Senior Living and Leisure Care. Polly is enthusiastic about collaborating to create programs that resonate and has been nationally recognized for her expertise in sales, company culture, customer service and community relations.
Polly has served on many boards: the National Association of Senior Living Industries, Northwest Assisted Living Federation, the California Assisted Living Association, Eastside Domestic Violence Prevention, The Pacific Science Center and Senior Services of King County. She is a former president and board member of the Alzheimer’s Assocation’s Western and Central Washington Chapter. Her bachelor’s degree is from the University of Washington.
For Polly, her favorite parts of her job are interacting with senior residents and helping families make the right decision for their loved ones.