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Dear Savvy Senior,
I’ve heard that the Social Security Administration has closed all their offices because of the coronavirus pandemic. How are they accommodating people while they’re closed down?
Yes, that’s correct. The Social Security Administration has closed its 1,200 field offices throughout the country to protect benefit recipients and workers from the coronavirus pandemic. Their offices have been closed since March 17. How long they will be closed is unclear. It will depend on the course of the pandemic.
In the meantime, services will continue to be available online at the Social
Security.gov website, and over the phone. You can also rest assured that monthly payments to the more than 69 million Social Security beneficiaries will not be affected in any way.
Here’s a rundown of how you can get help and get answers to your Social Security questions, while their offices are shut down.
For any Social Security business you need to conduct, go to SSA.gov/onlineservices. There you can view your latest statement and earnings history, apply for retirement, disability, and Medicare benefits online, check the status of an application or appeal, request a replacement Social Security card (in most areas), print a benefit verification letter, and much more – from anywhere and from any of your devices.
Their website also has a wealth of information to answer most of your Social Security questions without having to speak with a representative. For answers to your Social Security questions see their frequently asked questions page at SSA.gov/ask.
If you can’t conduct your Social Security business online, check the SSA online field office locator (see SSA.gov/locator) for specific information about how to directly contact your local office. Your local office will be able to provide critical services to help you apply for benefits, answer your questions, and provide other services over the phone.
Or, you can also call the Social Security national toll-free number at 800-772-1213 (TTY 800-325-0778). This number has many automated service options you can use without waiting to speak with a telephone representative.
If you already have an in-office appointment scheduled, Social Security will call you to handle your appointment over the phone instead. The call may come from a private number and not from a federal line.
Beware of Scams
Be aware that Social Security telephone impersonation scams are growing. These scammers may falsely tell you that there is a problem with your account, that your Social Security number has been suspended because of suspected illegal activity, that you’re owed a cost-of-living benefit increase, or that your monthly benefits will stop because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The caller may also threaten your benefits, suggest you’ll face legal action if you don’t provide information, or pressure you to send money via wire transfers, cash or gift cards. They may even “spoof” your caller ID to make it look like Social Security is actually calling.
If you receive one of these calls, hang up. Social Security rarely contacts anyone by phone unless you have ongoing business with them, and they never threaten you or ask for any form of payment.
For more information on how to get help with Social Security during the corona
virus shutdown, visit SSA.gov/coronavirus.
Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit SavvySenior.org. Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of “The Savvy Senior” book.
I’m concerned about my 80-year-old mother who’s at high risk for coronavirus. She lives on her own about 100 miles from me, and I’ve been keeping close tabs on her since this whole pandemic started. What tips can you offer long-distance family members?
Because the elderly and people with chronic medical conditions are the most vulnerable to the new coronavirus, following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guideline of social distancing and staying home is critically important.
Here are some additional tips and recommendations from the CDC and public health specialists that can help keep your elderly mother safe and healthy while she’s hunkering down at home until the pandemic passes.
Know and follow the other CDC recommendations:
Make sure you and your mom know and practice the CDC recommendations for older adults and those with compromised health conditions. Some of their guidelines – like washing your hands and avoid touching your face – you’re probably already familiar with, but there are many other recommendations and they’re constantly changing. For the complete list visit Coronavirus.gov – click on “Older Adults & Medical Conditions.”
Have supplies on hand: Start by contacting your mom’s healthcare provider to ask about obtaining extra necessary medications to have on hand for a prolonged period of time. If she cannot get extra medications, consider using mail-order for medications so she can avoid going into a pharmacy. Also be sure you have over-the-counter medicines and medical supplies to treat fever and other symptoms.
She should also have enough groceries and household items on hand so that she can stay at home for an extended period of time. If she needs to restock supplies, there’s online grocery delivery options like Amazon Fresh, Instacart, Peapod, Target and Walmart, and a growing number of stores including Walmart, Target, Whole Foods, Dollar General and many other that are offering early dedicated shopping times to vulnerable seniors to reduce their risk of being exposed to the virus.
There are also home delivery meal programs that can help home-bound seniors – see MealsOnWheelsAmerica.org to locate one in your mom’s area. Or, check out companies like Silver Cuisine (SilverCuisine.com) or Mom’s Meals (MomsMeals.com) that deliver nutritious pre-cooked meals to seniors that can be heated up in the microwave.
Use technology: For many seniors, social distancing can also lead to social isolation and loneliness, which is a common problem in the older population. If your mom has a computer, tablet or smartphone, she can stay connected to friends and relatives via videocalls through Skype, Zoom or FaceTime, which is a safe alternative.
If your mom isn’t familiar or comfortable with mainstream technology there are other solutions like the GrandPad (GrandPad.net), which is a simplified 4G tablet designed for seniors 75 and older that allows one-touch videocalls, email and much more.
And for peace of mind, there are also check-in services like Snug (SnugSafe.com) that send free daily check-ins to your mom’s phone to confirm she’s OK. And, will let you know if she doesn’t respond.
Skip nonessential doctor’s appointments: Most public health experts are also recommending that seniors at risk cancel nonessential doctor’s appointments. If your mom has a condition that she feels should not be put off, see if a telemedicine session, which is now covered by Medicare would be an option.
Talk to caregivers: If your mom uses a home health or home care service, that means a number of different aides may be coming through her door.
Be sure you talk to the agency she uses or her aides about hygiene. They should all be reminded to wash their hands or use hand gel sanitizer frequently. And any equipment they bring into your mom’s home should be wiped down with disinfectant.
Is Medicare covering testing for the coronavirus? My husband and I are very nervous about this virus and would like to find out if or when we should get tested, and how Medicare manages it.
Yes! Medicare is indeed covering the cost of testing for the coronavirus, or COVID-19. But be aware that getting a test isn’t as simple as going to your local pharmacy or doctor’s office and asking for one. Here’s a breakdown of what Medicare is covering, along with how to get tested if you think you may have symptoms.
Medicare (Part B) will cover the lab test to see if you have coronavirus, but only when your doctor or other health care provider orders it. You will pay no out-of-pocket costs for these tests.
In addition, Medicare also covers all medically necessary hospitalizations. This includes if you’re diagnosed with COVID-19 and might otherwise have been discharged from the hospital after an inpatient stay, but instead you need to stay in the hospital under quarantine.
And while there’s currently no vaccine yet to protect against COVID-19, when one becomes available next year, it too will be covered by all Medicare prescription drug plans (Part D).
If you happen to get your Medicare benefits through a private Medicare Advantage plan, you will have access to these same benefits. In addition, many Advantage plans are also expanding coverage of telemedicine, which allows beneficiaries to consult with medical professionals without having to go to a doctor’s office. Check with your plan for coverage details.
When to Call Your Doctor
Older adults, age 60 and older (especially those in their 70s and 80s), and people with chronic medical conditions like diabetes, heart, lung or kidney disease are at a higher risk of serious illness if they contract the coronavirus. So, everyone in these categories need to be vigilant.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Severe cases can lead to pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and death.
If you develop any symptoms that are concerning, you should contact your primary-care provider by phone for guidance. If your doctor believes you need testing, he or she will instruct you on what to do. Unfortunately, there have been reports of test shortages across the country, so depending on where you live you may have to wait a few days.
To help you steer clear of COVID-19 the CDC recommends that you avoid close contact with anyone who is sick. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after being out in public, blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water isn’t available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
To the extent possible, try to avoid touching your face, nose, and eyes. And avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places, like elevator buttons, door handles, handrails, and handshaking with people. Use a tissue or your sleeve to cover your hand or finger if you must touch something.
Also, clean and disinfect your home to remove germs: Practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces – tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks and cell phones.
You should also avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated spaces. Your risk of exposure to respiratory viruses like COVID-19 may increase in crowded, closed-in settings with little air circulation if there are people in the crowd who are sick.
The CDC also recommends that seniors and high-risk individuals stock up on supplies, such as extra medications and groceries. And, if there is an outbreak in your community, remain at home as much as possible. They also discourage non-essential travel.
For more information on the COVID-19, visit Coronavirus.gov.
Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit SavvySenior.org. Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of “The Savvy Senior” book.
Relationships come in many forms. There are family relationships, friendships, collegial relationships and romantic attachments. The closer we are to someone, the more vulnerable we become. Once we open ourselves to another person, we become more susceptible to rejection and abandonment which fuels our deepest insecurities. Those who have experienced adverse child experiences and trauma or acute dysfunction and instability in their family of origin experience insecurities that can lead to self-sabotaging behavior.
I recently experienced this with a close friend. He had a hard life being traumatized by an angry, even violent, father. He experienced emotional and physical abuse at the hands of a young father who probably experienced anger and rage from his father. Even though his mother divorced, the effects of childhood trauma was already present. Years ago, we did not know much about the effects of this abuse on adolescent brain architecture and behavior.
In high school he experimented with substances and other risk behaviors. Fast forward into his adulthood, he also experienced a painful divorce, rejected by the love of his life. He never remarried and experienced addictions, homelessness and continued his risky behaviors. After two motorcycle accidents, he decided to get some help. Soon after he relapsed into addictions with opioids claiming that he was in constant pain from all his injuries.
Just last month his younger brother told family members they needed to do an intervention. They went to my friend’s apartment and found him living in squalor unable to walk, crawling to the bathroom and crying out in pain. He was a hot mess. He was in a borderline diabetic coma, sweaty and clammy and was lashing out.
Getting him to the hospital, his family learned he had a ruptured lumbar disc which made him unable to walk. He had surgery and was doing better. Once thankful to his siblings for surrounding him with care and taking charge of his health, he started lashing out asking to be left alone. I explained to the family that he needed some understanding and grace as he is sabotaging his closest relationships because he does not feel like he deserves to be cared for and loved well.
Researchers describe this phenomenon as a trigger point. We may not recall early experiences in life, but our emotional memory triggers a deep sense of hurt and pain. Him lashing out, which may seem like an overreaction to others, is his way of dealing with his insecurities and lack of self-worth.
This sounds dire and depressing. Fortunately, even if we have experienced adverse childhood experiences, we have a choice. We can allow ourselves to become victims of the pain of the past or we can surround ourselves with healthy relationships and supportive connections so that we do not engage in self-sabotaging behaviors. Healthy close connections give us opportunities to heal from our past and work on ourselves, learning that we are enough, have self-worth and deserve to be cared for and loved well. Next week’s article will outline how to not sabotage your happiness and your relationships. firstname.lastname@example.org; www.myrelationship
Do kidney problems run in families? My mother died from kidney failure 10 years ago at age 74 but didn’t know she had a kidney problem until it was too late.
Just Turned 60
Anyone who has a family history of kidney disease, or who has high blood pressure or diabetes is at increased risk and needs to have their kidneys tested.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, around 37 million U.S adults have chronic kidney disease (when the kidneys can’t properly do their job of cleaning toxins and wastes from the blood), and millions more are at risk of developing it, yet most people don’t realize it. That’s because kidney disease develops very slowly over many years before any symptoms arise. But left untreated, the disease can eventually require people to spend hours hooked up to a dialysis machine or get a kidney transplant. Even mild kidney problems can double a person’s risk of heart attack and stroke, as well as causeanemia and bone disease.
The reason kidney disease has become so widespread today is because of the rise of obesity, type-2 diabetes and high blood pressure which all strain the kidneys.
Another factor is the increasing number of people who take multiple medications, which can overtax the organs. People over age 60 are especially vulnerable both because they tend to take more drugs, and because kidney function normally declines somewhat with age.
Because kidney disease has no early symptoms, the only way to catch it before it advances is to have a simple blood and urine test by your doctor. So, anyone that has diabetes, high blood pressure or heart disease, a family history of kidney disease, or is age 60 or older needs to get tested. African, Hispanic, Asian and Indian Americans along with Pacific Islanders are also at increased risk.
If you’re diagnosed with kidney disease you need to know that there’s no cure, but there are steps you can taketo help contain the damage, including:
Control your blood pressure: If you have high blood pressure, get it under 130/80. If you need medication to do it, ACE inhibitors and ARBs are good choices because of their proven ability to protect the kidneys.
Control your diabetes: If you have diabetes, keep your blood sugar as close to normal as possible.
Change your diet: This usually means reducing the amount of protein and phosphorus you eat and cutting back on sodium and possibly potassium. Your doctor can help you determine an appropriate eating plan, or you may want to talk to a dietitian.
Watch your meds: Dozens of commonly used drugs can damage the kidneys, especially when taken in high doses over long periods – most notably NSAIDs like ibuprofen and naproxen. Herbal supplements can also be very dangerous. Talk to your doctor about all the prescription, over the counter and herbal products you take to identify potential problems and find alternatives.
Exercise and lose weight: If you’re overweight and inactive, start an aerobic fitness routine (walk, swim, cycle, etc.) that gets your heart pumping. This will help lower blood pressure, control diabetes and help you lose excess weight all of which will help your kidneys.
Quit smoking: If you smoke, quit. Heart disease becomes a much greater risk to the kidneys if your smoke. Smoking also doubles the rate of progression to end-stage renal failure.
Limit alcohol intake: Drinking too much alcohol can worsen kidney disease too, so talk to your doctor to see if it’s safe for you to drink, and if so, limit yourself to no more than one drink per day.
What is on your “Bucket List” regarding the health of your relationships? You might say, I want more respect or romance, more meaningful communication and less conflict. These are common requests.
To grow in relationship, one needs to know what skills it takes to do so. Let’s start with the whole of who we are. We are just not physical beings. We are physical, of course, but also, intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual, and financial beings capable of gathering resources to improve the quality of our lives. Here is a relationship enhancing activity. Gather 6 buckets. You could use big buckets or solo cups. Label each bucket with one of these categories; PHYSICAL, INTELLECTUAL, EMOTIONAL, SOCIAL, SPIRITUAL, FINANCIAL.
Ask for what you need in each one of these buckets. In the Physical bucket, you could ask for hugs, meaningful, comforting touches, holding hands, pats on the back, massages, tender caresses, dancing or touching one’s face. The Intellectual bucket requests could be about learning new things together, creating a space for intellectual curiosity, exploration or discovery, reading a book together, discussing themes in a play, outlining the takeaways from a movie, enrolling in a class together and helping each other study. The Emotional bucket could be filled with creating safety to explore feelings which are not right or wrong. Feelings are feelings. No one has the right to apply motives to someone’s feelings or tell them they should feel a certain way. Sharing hopes and dreams, secrets, past hurts, fears, and being vulnerable certainly builds trust and closeness. The Social bucket could be filled by honoring one another’s personality. If someone is introverted, extroverted, detailed, compassionate, tender, bossy, talkative, friendly, resourceful or whatever, it is likely they fit into a certain personality category. At the Center for Relationship Education we utilize the Lion, Otter, Golden Retriever, and Beaver, personality profile. The take away from this assessment is discovering your personality and that of others. The goal is not trying to change others, but honoring how they do life. This creates safety and acceptance. The Social bucket can also mean that you have similar friends, enjoy similar social events like golf, theater, or travel. Filling one’s Spiritual bucket can be about having a similar faith walk, meditation, mindfulness, yoga, prayer, appreciation for creation and nature. Finally, filling up the Financial bucket is how each person in the relationship spends, saves or donates money. Do you live with an attitude of abundance or of scarcity? Also working together for the same financial goals builds financial intimacy. Even hosting a fund raiser for a charity, you both can enhance financial connectedness. Learning the language of building connectedness in these six categories will certainly create a new way to think about and express your “Bucket List” and letting your partner know how to fill your bucket when it is empty. For more information: email@example.com; www.myrelationshipcenter.org
SUBMITTED BY RENEW SADDLE ROCK MEMORY CARE
With the fear of pandemic, never has it been truer that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. Renew Saddle Rock Memory Care has continuously demonstrated its leadership and innovation in the delivery of senior care and quality of life to its residents. We want our families and staff to be assured that we have systematically and deliberately created a comprehensive response plan to this virus in an effort to keep everyone safe (copies are available from the wellness department). We are not waiting for this health crisis to visit us, we have created a solid plan using the most informed sources to target stopping this virus in its tracks.
As the Coronavirus continues to spread across the globe, scientists are learning more about its effects on people. Not all patients with COVID-19 will require medical supportive care. According to recent findings the CDC reports that 80% of the people who become infected with the virus will only experience mild to moderately ill effects and can safely be treated as you would from the flu or influenza by staying at home, getting plenty of rest and pushing fluids. Approximately 15% will become severely ill and while still able to remain isolated at home may experience more significant symptoms such as shortage of breath while the virus runs its course. The remaining 5% of the victims can become critically ill and will require hospitalization and may develop pneumonia in both lungs, experience multi-organ failure, and in some cases death. Clinical management for hospitalized patients with COVID-19 is focused on supportive care of complications, including advanced organ support for respiratory failure, septic shock, and multi-organ failure. While most people recover from this virus, the fatality rate is now estimated at between 2.8 – 3.4 percent for the overall population but rises to 8% in patients between the ages of 70-79 and 14.8% in patients over 80.
The available data is currently insufficient to identify risk factors for severe clinical outcomes. From the limited data that is available for COVID-19 infected patients, and for data from related coronaviruses such as SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV, it is possible that older adults, and persons who have underlying chronic medical conditions, such as immunocompromising conditions, may be at risk for more severe outcomes.
Given the highly transmissible nature of the coronavirus and the limited treatment options available in severe cases, prevention will be our senior living community’s first line of defense. While we cannot guarantee that COVID-19 will not enter the community, planning for a potential emerging infectious disease pandemic, like COVID-19, is critical to protecting the health and welfare of our residents who are most vulnerable to the effects it can cause. Renew has taken a leadership role in creating innovative barriers to protect our residents and staff from this risk. Our communicable disease response plan was designed with the involvement of public health officials, our medical director and nursing clinicians to apply educational, clinical, operational and preventive measures to assure the safety of our residents and the staff who serve them to the highest clinical certainty possible. Our comprehensive plan was also adapted from HHS Pandemic Influenza Planning resources, recommendations of the Center for Disease control for healthcare facilities and the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR).
The Renew plan is specific to our assisted living and memory care buildings and identifies preventative activities that we can do now to prepare for, respond to and be resilient in the face of COVID-19. We have incorporated elements to assure continuation of essential services such as pharmacy, food services, maintenance, housekeeping and wellness. We have determined likely resource shortages and identified relevant vendors, cache and options for managing shortages. We have already contacted vendors to determine their emergency plans for inventory acquisition, substitutes and delivery.
The Renew plan outlines specific steps that we are talking to educate our staff and families, creating communication protocols and involving public health officials in the event of an outbreak within our buildings. We have also developed plans for implementing building security and controlled access (which may be phased) during peak pandemic weeks to assure controlled ingress and egress and monitoring. We also have a plan in the event public health officials close schools and what impact this may have on our staffing. We are concurrently evaluating the list of applicants that we do have and creating a process for rapid credentialing for them and non-facility staff to supplement our health care staff. We have also developed as part of our response plan procedures for reporting resident/staff who are symptomatic to our physicians and the hospital. We have also designated a point of contact for health officials. Employees who have symptoms will seek medical care and be allowed to return to work only with a note stating that they are able to work and they are not contagious.
Education and training of staff, residents, visitors, and volunteers is essential. We have organized a plan for providing just-in-time staff education via electronic and other non-classroom means including information about COVID-19, transmission, infection prevention measures, usual clinical symptoms and course, risk factors, and complications. Among the topics discussed, and best practices implemented, are:
Hand hygiene (frequent washing, use of gloves, and use of hand sanitizers); respiratory hygiene / cough and sneeze etiquette (use of disposable tissues, or elbow when tissues unavailable, use of facemasks); environmental cleaning (wiping down surfaces with antibacterial / virucide cleansers; monitoring waste disposal best practices (e.g. touchless, lined wastebaskets). All points of entry for our buildings have been equipped with mandatory sanitation resources for staff and visitors to utilize upon each entry.
Trainings of staff and volunteers are covering the following: sources of exposure, prevention, recognition of symptoms, response when an outbreak has been identified, communication protocols, education of residents and visitors about prevention practices, response, and precautions which have been implemented at the community. As the virus may spread we may also consider implementing protocols for staff travel (leisure or work-related), including international travel to countries with confirmed cases of the coronavirus.
In addition to our COVID-19 response plan, Renew Saddle Rock Memory Care routinely exercises precautions against the spread of infectious diseases that are rigorously observed, even if there is no suspicion of the coronavirus being present. For example, employees who are not feeling well are instructed to stay at home and not potentially expose residents and coworkers to infection. Similarly, some of our residents contract with hospice and home health providers for private duty aid assistance, our plan includes inquiring about the precautions and protocols that these agencies have regarding vetting individuals for contamination and education on self-assessing and reporting symptoms.
At this point, there is no reliable way to distinguish coronavirus symptoms from symptoms caused by the common flu, as both diseases can cause fever, coughs, and pneumonia. One of the greatest difficulties with this disease is that an individual may have been exposed to it and not exhibit any outward symptoms for a period of up to approximately 2 weeks. It therefore is difficult to identify a person who may be a carrier of the coronavirus by mere observation alone, so prevention is the best medicine.
The CDC has advised us again yesterday that the overall risk to Americans to contracting this disease remains low and we should take care to not over-attribute symptoms shared with the flu to the coronavirus with at least 15 million flu cases reported this season that are unrelated to the COVID-19 strain.
Should you have any questions or would like to come in and take a tour, please contact us at (720) 664-4949 or visit us at www.renewsenior.com.
BY FREDA MIKLINGOVERNMENTAL REPORTER
The guiding philosophy of Atria Senior Living, now open in a sparkling newly built facility in Englewood at 3555 South Clarkson Street, is based on the whole-person approach to greater well-being. Atria is designed around the research that says that 70 percent of how we age is determined by our lifestyle choices. “Human connections are what help people age with a sense of who they are and a purpose,” Marta Burton, Community Sales Director of Atria Englewood told us.
Staff at Atria is focused on providing a personalized experience for residents and supporting them in becoming connected to their neighbors and their surroundings in their new home. Their philosophy is that “people who are part of a caring community live longer and have less stress than those who are isolated and lonely.” Atria “provides a physically connected environment and daily social opportunities, that help residents build and maintain close relationships.”
The building is designed around inviting, social spaces. To make sure there is always adequate natural light, every hallway has large windows at each end. Each floor has an individual color scheme to make it easier to remember where things are. Apartments are designed to be easy to maneuver and bathrooms are oversized with room for a caregiver to assist a resident if necessary. Some units are designed specifically for those who are wheelchair bound.
When residents move in, staff takes the time to get to know each person’s hobbies, interests, favorite activities, and even subjects about which they’ve always wanted to learn. The facility is pet-friendly so residents can have their furry friends accompany them or families can bring them to visit. There are outdoor spaces including a courtyard and a restaurant called “The 14er” on the top floor that offers a breathtaking view of the Colorado mountains. A bistro offers all day dining from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., so residents can eat when they feel hungry. Among the amenities in the building are a fitness center, a movie theater, a club room, and a salon. Activities are offered to suit many interests, including a demonstration kitchen where the building’s chef explains how favorite dishes are prepared. Some other activities are Tai Chi and Chai Tea, Laughter Yoga, Art Class: Crafts and Cocktails, Brain Challenges-iPad, and Fitbit Challenge: Setup and Q&A.
An involved member of the Englewood community already, Atria is the first principal sponsor of the Englewood Art Series, as well as the Englewood Chamber and the Downtown Matters group that is working to revitalize the city’s downtown area. Atria has partnered with Swedish Hospital, just across the street, hosting public talks on current health topics by doctors. The facility will be hosting a pre-concert event for the Arapahoe Philharmonic, who will provide concert tickets to Atria residents.
All meals, transportation, and over 200 monthly activities and outside offerings are provided at or through Atria on a regularly published, color-coded monthly schedule. Rents vary depending on the size of one’s apartment and whether residents need assistance or are fully independent. Monthly rents, which include all meals, start at $3495 per month, and can be found on www.atriaseniorliving.com. The facility offers tours for interested families and can be reached at 720-892-5600.
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