I am writing to respond to the letter that was sent out “Exploiting our elders must stop” by Bill and Marti Waters in Clear Lake. After reading the article, I felt like I needed to respond.
Full disclosure, I am the community relations coordinator at Country Meadow Place Assisted Living and Memory Care in Mason City. We work with residents every day with dementia/Alzheimer’s disease. We are well known for our memory care community in North Iowa. With that said, if your family is looking to make some changes to your current situation, I implore you to look at all options.
In the letter to the editor, it is unclear if your aunt is living in North Iowa or not. If she is living in North Iowa, there is a resource called North Iowa Sagelink that can point you in a bunch of directions that you may need for this situation.
When looking at service and available options, the cost that was indicated seems steep for a daily rate. Again, reach out to any one of the assisted living, memory care, or nursing home communities in the North Iowa area, especially one you feel comfortable with, they will be more than happy to point you in the right direction.
Tony Buhr, Mason City