Sweet Water at Largo Hosts Open House for Veterans and Spouses May 12

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A guest speaker will visit Sweet Water at Largo (http://www.SweetWaterAssistedLiving.com) as part of an "Open House" on May 12 to help answer questions about how veterans and their surviving spouses can qualify for additional monthly income from the VA to help pay assisted living and nursing home expenses.

Sweet Water at Largo (http://www.SweetWaterAssistedLiving.com) will host a special "Open House" program for veterans on Wednesday, May 12, from 2-4 p.m., in the activities room of its assisted living facility, 11290 Walsingham Rd, Largo, FL 33778.

The guest speaker will be Lori Gable, who works for Veterans Pension Resource, which describes itself as "a private company that helps wartime veterans and their surviving spouses to qualify for additional monthly income to help pay for expenses such as home health and assisted living facility care."

The topic is "VA Pension: Aid and Attendance." There is no charge to attend, organizers said. RSVP is preferred, but not required. Phone numbers are (727) 397-9597 and (813) 389-1045.

Sweet Water's Michael Stoeckle spoke highly of Gable. "She knows and understands the VA rules and the Medicaid rules to assist veterans and their surviving spouses receive benefits," he said.

Stoeckle and his wife, Kory, became involved in senior assisted living nearly a dozen years ago. They were looking for a special niche in terms of senior housing, something more personal than large corporate assisted living facilities but, at the same time, more refined than converted homes offered by "Mom and Pop" operations.

"We looked at large corporate type facilities that offered a lot of amenities but seemed cold, and offered a less personal experience for the residents and their families," Michael said.

But the smaller senior living alternatives they explored were often merely expanded homes that were personable, but sometimes poorly run.

The Stoeckles decided to develop their own special formula and eventually created what they call "Excellence in Senior Care" for their residents. The "Open House" program for veterans on Wednesday, May 12, is an example of that personalized approach.

Sweet Water at Largo is at 11290 Walsingham Rd., Largo, FL, 33778. It is licensed by the state of Florida Agency for Health Care Administration as an Assisted Living Facility. License # AL8175. For more information about Sweet Water's senior living offerings, call (727) 397-9597, (813) 389-1045 or visit http://www.SweetWaterAssistedLiving.com.

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