Wartburg Hosts Long-Term Care/Medicaid Planning Seminar


Mount Vernon, N.Y. (November 2017) – Wartburg hosted an interactive seminar “Long-Term Care/Medicaid Planning” on November 2, highlighting what long-term care is and how to plan for it financially. The event was held in the Gatz Conference Center located on Wartburg’s beautiful 34-acre historic campus in Mount Vernon, NY. The seminar was presented by Joseph Soricelli, AIFA®, CMPTM, SRES® of Aging Issues Info in partnership with Wartburg. Over 70 individuals were in attendance including health care professionals, community members, religious leaders, caregivers, residents, board members and staff.

“The rules governing benefits and entitlements can be confusing and the systems one must navigate are daunting,” said David J. Gentner, Wartburg President and CEO, who delivered the opening remarks. “It is my hope that this seminar will introduce individuals to the options that are available in long-term care as they plan for the future. I’d like to thank Mr. Joseph Soricelli for sharing his area of expertise with our attendees and our sponsors who made this event possible.”

“We plan our wedding, we plan for the birth of a child, we plan for our retirement. How many of us are planning for how to pay for our long-term care, when, not if, we will need it? With costs approaching $200,000 a year, planning for our long-term care maybe the most important plan we ever make to avoid financial ruin,” noted Joseph Soricelli.

The seminar explored several pertinent topics including the assembling of personal and financial data, defining what long-term care is, creating a long-term care plan, planning financially for long-term care and knowing firsthand the Medicaid benefits that are available. Mr. Soricelli discussed the options currently available to pay for long-term care–private pay, long-term care insurance and Medicaid. He presented an overall explanation of what Medicaid is, how an individual qualifies for it and what it covers.

“Wartburg is committed, today more than ever, to disseminate current health care information and resources to our community through our free Speaker Series Seminars,” said Angela Ciminello, Wartburg Vice President of Development and Marketing. “For over 150 years, Wartburg has been providing award-winning programs and services that allow individuals entrusted to our care, on our campus and in the community, the ability to live their best life possible with dignity and respect.”

Wartburg’s free Speaker Series Seminars are made possible by the generosity of our sponsors–New York-Presbyterian / Lawrence Hospital, PharmScript, Village Lutheran Church and The Chapel School, Westchester Ambulette Service Inc., PKF O’Connor Davies and United Lutheran Church at Wartburg.

About Wartburg

Wartburg, located in Westchester County, NY, offers integrated, comprehensive senior residential and healthcare services. Unlike conventional retirement communities, Wartburg provides a wide range of services to both residents living on their beautiful 34-acre campus and people in their own homes. From independent, assisted living and award-winning nursing home care to inpatient/outpatient rehabilitation, home care and adult day care services, their continuing care approach has earned them a trusted reputation in Westchester. Wartburg also provides caregiver support at every stage with an array of options to find the level of care that considers the whole family.

Most recently, Wartburg received the 2016 Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award from the American College of Health Care Administrators and the 2015 Legacy Award from the Westchester County Chapter of the Links. In addition, Wartburg was named one of the “Best Nursing Homes in New York State” by U.S. News & World Report for the seventh consecutive year in 2017.

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