Sunday, December 2, 2018
It has been said that Sierra Made is a good place to lose your mind, and a few weeks back the City Council decided it was high time they finally made that official. After all, why wouldn't they? Most of them likely owe their seats of great civic consequence at the community dais to this situation.
The above article ran in the Mountain Views News in November, and it typifies press release journalism in its most palpable form. That plus the kinds of fawning exposure businesses advertising heavily with this paper are likely to receive.
While this is just more of the heartwarming humbug Sierra Madre has always doted upon, it can also serve as quite an example of the bizarre state of health care in this country. Let's face it, The Kensington is getting a very healthy return on its community outreach.
Look, it is all well and good to advocate for the rights of those who suffer from a disability. The affirmative juxtaposition of medical misfortune and civil rights in this country is well established, and in most cases rightly so. But what if those rights only come at an extremely high financial cost? And without that dough, out you go?
The following numbers come to us from a website called AssistedLiving.com (link). This first set deals with the cost of the monthly rent at The Kensington.
The next one identifies the fees you might incur while residing in one of those spaces.
Based on the figures AssistedLiving.com has provided, a resident at The Kensington with a single room and "high care needs fees" (such as those a full blown dementia patient might be required to pay), could be looking at costs in excess of $120,000 dollars a year.
Perhaps if The Kensington really wanted to show that they're fighting for the rights and needs of those suffering from dementia, it would open its doors to all who suffer. And not just those having families with extraordinary amounts of money to spend.
Posted by The Moderator at 5:00 AM