SARASOTA, FL- A 94-year-old Lake County Woman spent most of this week in jail, accused of trespassing after being evicted from an independent living facility.
Eustis Police say Juanita Fitzgerald refused to pay rent for three months.
She had to be forcibly removed Tuesday.
The living facility did reach out to several agencies to help Fitzgerald but she refused to take it.
There's a place in Tampa Bay called Pines of Sarasota that will never turn a senior away because of lack of income, no matter the reason.
“It’s heartbreaking to hear someone say they’ve lived too long,” says Janet Ginn, interim president of Pines of Sarasota Foundation.
Ginn says many seniors struggle with not having enough money to last them through their final years.
“We're largely supported through government Medicare and Medicaid programs, and when those are not sufficient to offset those expenses, we rely on our generous donors to help support,” says Mike Ward, president and CEO of Pines of Sarasota.
Their care options include:
- Rehabilitation services
- Skilled nursing
- Assisted living
- Memory care
Over 50 percent of residents at Pines of Sarasota have outlived their financial means.
That means most are on Medicare and Medicaid or rely on donor funding.
Those generous donations make it possible for Pines to continue helping seniors that no longer have financial income.
Whenever there’s a tax cut or reimbursement reduction, Ward says, it greatly affects them, but have been able to continue helping seniors, with donor funding.
“The expected reduction to our Medicare revenue over the next couple of years will be at tune of 2 million dollars per year,” says Ward.
But Ward isn't worried about that those cuts will affect them in their mission to serve our seniors.
Donors that contribute to Pines of Sarasota range from Multi-Millionaires to people giving just $10 a month.
If you would like to be a volunteer, visit the Pines of Sarasota website.