Senior Living Facility Evicts 98-Year-Old Wisconsin Woman Over Excessive Physical Needs

Sharee B.

More than 2 million individuals are expected to retire this year and many of them will be receiving care in assisted living or senior living facilities. However, one elderly woman in Wisconsin was on the receiving end of what could feel like a pretty raw deal.

Elaine Benz, a 98-year-old retiree had spent the last decade living in one of the state's senior living facilities along with her late husband. The monthly cost associated with her care and expenses totaled $7,365 per month and has exhausted the woman's life savings, after being charged nearly $330,000 over time.

One day, she found herself at a rehabilitation center after a hospital stay following an injury, and her family was expecting her to return to ProHealth Regency Care Communities, the facility where she'd called home for 10 years. However, just before her scheduled release date, Elaine's daughter was notified that she was effectively being evicted from the facility.

A representative from the agency, run by a non-profit, ProHealth Care Inc. had sent a letter to let the family know that Mrs. Benz would need to find alternative living arrangements due to her condition and that she would be "turned away at the door". if she tried to return.

Eventually, new accommodation for the 98-year-old widow was secured, but not before being charged almost $6,000 for her room, while away from the residence receiving treatment, as well as the $7,500 in rehabilitation fees.

Currently, the woman is adjusting to her new environment, while trying to make ends meet on $2,100 in monthly Social Security checks, and her late husband's pension. However,m her family worries constantly about receiving the next eviction threat around the corner

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