The Essential Guide to
Understanding and Funding Senior Care
About The Co - Authors
Growing up in a convalescent home owned by my parents is what prompted my journey of caring deeply for our elderly. My experiences have included more than 20 years of caregiving through resident care, hospice, and many Alzheimer's and Dementia communities.
As a Senior Transition Specialist, I help seniors and their families navigate the transition into long-term care. Working with seniors to sell their homes and seeing them comfortable, safe, and smiling in their new environment is a very gratifying feeling. With Transitions in Senior Care, my mission is to be a trusted resource for our seniors when it comes to supporting them through, what can be, an emotional transition for themselves and their loved ones. My mission is humbly fulfilled by doing this, one family at a time.
I wanted to partner with the Paying For Long-Term Care initiative to help families that are struggling with the daunting responsibility of finding a long-term care arrangement for their loved ones. It is common to feel unsure of where to begin the process and I want to help put families at ease and empower them to take one step at a time from selling their family home to finding the care community that their senior deserves.
My hope is to always ease any stress on the family by guiding them along their journey and helping them make the connections that they need in the senior industry in order to feel supported during their loved one’s transition into long-term care.
Ben Rao is an author, serial entrepreneur, business coach, philanthropist and senior care advocate who lives in Lee’s Summit, Missouri (outside Kansas City, MO).
Ben experienced first-hand the emotional and financial struggle that families face when he was unexpectedly confronted with the reality of transitioning his own father into senior care. He was challenged by the lack of direction and resources available for a process that nearly all of us will eventually need to go through. That experience inspired Ben to use his personal and professional experience in the long-term care industry to help families transition their loved ones into senior care.
Ben enjoys traveling, biking, hiking, and outdoor adventures – he tries to visit at least two national parks every year. He lives with his wife, Rhonda, and their two children, Maddy and Charlie, in a renovated historic building that was once the Lee’s Summit Hospital and the Dayton Hotel in Downtown Lee’s Summit. He also developed Lee’s Summit’s first entrepreneurial incubator and shared office space in a formerly vacant post office. Ben works there alongside his trusty sidekick, Charlie dog, a border collie who has gone to the office with him every day for the last 10 years.