Many families and individuals are surprised to learn about the high cost for long-term care, according to Dana Gargas, the Regional Long-Term Care Ombudsman for Kitsap County. In this podcast, she previews a discussion planned for the Bainbridge Island Senior Center on Monday, June 11 at 1 p.m.

In addition to cost, Gargas says people are not familiar with the range of options for ongoing care that exist and how they connect to each other—from at-home care to skilled nursing facilities and everything in between. She will present some of these options in more detail at the event at the Senior Center in June, and is happy to take questions directly at 360-337-5714 and 1-800-562-6418 or by email:

The ombudsman represents individuals and families in interactions with providers of long-term care. Dana coordinates a staff of 20 volunteers who can provide guidance on how to navigate long-term care options and respond to concerns about how people are being treated.

The Senior Center requests that people register in advance for the presentation. Do so by dropping in at 370 Brien Dr. SE or by calling 206-842-1616.

Credits: BCB host: Reed Price; audio editor and publisher: Diane Walker.