Scott Smith and his sister JerryAnn Nellestein faced a tough battle convincing their mom, Betty, that she needed assistance with daily activities. Betty didn’t want to consider a retirement home. She was afraid of being placed in a county nursing facility due to rumors she had heard.
As time went on, however, it became apparent that Betty was no longer able to safely live at home.
“She’d get lost while going out somewhere or make repetitive phone calls and not remember,” Scott said. “It was God’s perfect planning that a bed opened up in Lititz House, specially designed for those with memory loss.”
Betty became a resident in Lititz House in October 2005. After the first few years, Scott knew he would have to apply for financial assistance for Betty.
“One of the retirement communities in the area told us, in a tactful way, that if my mother ran out of finances, she would have to move. We didn’t want that for Mom. We were so thankful that Landis Homes was different. After several years of private pay, I applied for Medicaid for mom. The paperwork was a nightmare, but I was so thankful for Doris Witmer, in finance, who walked me through the application process. What was equally reassuring was knowing that mom’s care did not change regardless of her ability to pay, and that staff would continue to take loving care of mom since my sister and I both lived in other states.”
Your gifts to the Caring Fund for the past 25 years have made it possible for residents, like Betty, to continue receiving care even after their finances have been depleted. In the past year, your kindness and generosity helped 70 residents.
But there is still a need.
One of the ways you can help a resident, like Betty, is through the Fill the Gap portion of the annual benefit auction. Instead of competing bids, participants bid to make contributions. Started in 2011, Fill the Gap has grown from providing 31 days of care to providing 325 days of care in 2018.
This year, a $171 average gap per day exists between what Medicaid covers and what eligible residents can afford to pay. You can be a part of the community’s response to this need by donating half a day, a day, several days or one entire week of care.
Your gifts to Fill the Gap not only alleviate financial stress but give comfort to caregivers as well. If you are unable to attend the Benefit Auction, you can still donate online HERE or by contacting Advancement at (717) 509-5490 or firstname.lastname@example.org.