Agency assists with Sateri Home residents


By Brandon Klein

bklein@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

A relocation team is working to find new homes for 28 residents at one of the two locations of Sateri Homes Inc. in Boardman, which eventually will close.

The protocol for transferring residents is complicated, said Lisa Solley, chief of community relations of the Area Agency on Aging 11 Inc., which serves Mahoning Valley. It’s also the designated administrative agency for the Medicaid assisted-living waiver program for seniors who require more care than home services but do not require 24-hour skilled nursing care.

“They have a choice, but that choice is slim,” Solley said, referring to the residents’ options.

However, the area agency’s Long Term Care Ombudsman program is collaborating with the Sateri facility administrator, along with the residents and families, to make the transition smoother.

Solley said challenges include finding a certified facility for five of the residents on the waiver program.

So far, the ombudsman program identified another facility in the area that has only two vacancies, said John Saulitis, director of that program for the area agency.

“We should have some clear information in a day or two,” he said.

Cost is the main issue for the remaining residents, Solley said. For those residents, they were paying about $2,000 a month for their residency with Sateri but the base pay for others is around $3,200 monthly, she said.

The ombudsman program will work to expedite the process for the remaining residents to get on the waiver program, which would normally take up to three months, she said.

However, it depends on whether any assisted-living facility will accept them, she added.

Sateri Homes will close its locations at 102 Boardman-Canfield Road and 920 Boardman-Canfield Road on Dec. 3, Solley said.

Felix Savon, the owner of Sateri Homes, said the facility hasn’t been profitable for the last 10 years.

Saulitis said it ultimately comes down to the preferences of the residents and their families.

“It’s going to be very individual,” he said.

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