The Essential Guide to
Understanding and Funding Senior Care
About the Co-Authors
I served my father and mother in the last years of their life through some difficult, uncharted waters. Experience is the best teacher. I learned a lot about the challenges seniors and their families face and have dedicated myself to educating and helping others successfully navigate through their circumstances.
In times like this you need a reliable professional to help you plan for the efficient execution of the loved one’s wishes, communicate clearly with all parties involved, give perspective on what might be required from third parties and direct you to a team of experienced professionals competent in their respective fields of practice.
If you then decide you need that team to execute the plan, experience counts.
In over 25 years as a licensed real estate professional I have managed the marketing and sale of over 548 single family residences and the sale or lease of more than 105 commercial properties and land. I hold a designation as a Senior Real Estate Services (SRES) professional from the National Association of Realtors and am a Certified Senior Transition Specialist with Mom’s House.
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.
Disclosure: Jim Freeman is a licensed real estate managing broker with Coldwell Banker Park Shore, WA License #17777.