If you've ever wondered how much a nursing home costs or what is involved in admitting a resident or even have had the desire to understand the difference between Medicare and Medicaid then you'll be pleased to know there is now one source available within the community to answer those and other questions about nursing homes and long-term care. That source is a new service called Ask the Administrator.
Ask the Administrator was developed by Sally Schutte. Schutte has been a Brazil resident for more than 25 years and is active in the community as acting president of the Rotary Club of Brazil and as a new Junior Achievement volunteer as well as having a long history of volunteering in both Clay and Vigo counties.
Schutte was first licensed as a Health Facility Administrator in 1987 and has worked as a nursing home administrator for more than 10 years.
Schutte retired from being an administrator in June of this year after having served at the helm of Holly Hill Healthcare for more than four years and decided to use her unique knowledge and expertise of nursing homes to help others understand more about long-term care.
"Knowledge is power," she said. "My goal is to empower consumers so they feel more comfortable with nursing homes, Medicare and Medicaid."
Schutte came up with the idea to offer this free service to the community due to her experience with family members and friends who had questions about placing a parent or grandparent in a nursing home and felt they had no where to go for answers to their questions. Often consumers fear if they contact a nursing home to ask questions they may be obligated to use that nursing home. Others fear they cannot afford the care, thus allowing a parent to remain in a living situation which may be dangerous for them. And the paperwork can be overwhelming.
Schutte sees her role as providing answers and alleviating fears surrounding nursing home care as well as being able to walk a nervous family through the admission process and ask questions the family may not know to address or are afraid to ask. Schutte is willing to tour nursing homes with families to help families determine which facility is best for them; however, she believes the decision about which nursing home to choose should be made by the family.
Schutte is clear to point out she is not employed by any nursing home and will work with consumers in Clay County as well as the surrounding counties and she is able to offer her knowledge as a free service because she is compensated by each nursing home as she completes the extensive paperwork involved in the admission of a resident.
The next time you hear of someone who needs answers to their questions about nursing homes and long-term care tell them to Ask the Administrator. Schutte can be reached by phoning 812-208-7450.