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Some Concerned Over Hawley Senior Living Prices Increasing

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A tense meeting in Hawley Minnesota Thursday. Some residents at Hawley Senior Living are concerned. After finding out come July 1st that some of them will be paying a lot more for the same services in their facility. Many of which who live on a fixed income.

Six years ago Mary Aydt brought her mom here to Hawley senior living calling a new place home. Recently they found out as of July 1st her mom will be paying 66% more. Every single month to live here. "Shock to be perfectly honest, I just have never seen anything raised like that, that amount," says Aydt, "Well over one thousand dollars per month."

Some residents won't see a change, but those paying privately are seeing huge increases. Randy Fossum, the Executive Director says health care is difficult. It's personal, and he understands why this increase is a hard pill to swallow.

"You put your faith in people that are caring for your elderly mother," says Aydt.

Fossum says for the company to operate successfully as a business they need to increase prices, to get in line with the rest of the market. He says they are just trying to play catch up.

"It really does boil down to money, when you are over 70, 80, or 90, when you lived on a fixed income, and you have been fiscally responsible, you have planned, and when my mom went in 6 years ago, that's what we mapped out, yeah it's very difficult," says Aydt.

Fossum says healthcare is changing, and people need to come to terms with the costs that come along with extra needs.

"I think more than anything, we just want to make sure she can afford to stay there, and it wouldn't be so significant in such a relatively short period of time," Aydt

No matter what direction residents family members, or management takes. The truth is the costs associated with elder care aren't showing any signs of relief.

While the spokesman from Hawley Senior Living says that this price increase is different than inflation costs. Studies show other care giving facilities nationwide are dealing with prices increases too. A national study found prices increase almost 5% every year.
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