An Elderly Loved One Needs a Plan for Healing and Long-Term Support

Mary, a lovely, independent, woman was aging in place in a supported independent retirement community. Over time, her 5 children realized that cognitive impairment, which she had successfully hidden for a long time, was negatively affecting her life.

When Mary required surgery and then had a cancer scare, her nearby adult daughter became overwhelmed with the intensity of the support she needed. The rest of her children lived in other states.

Her brother Rob came to help his sister find solutions for their mom. He found Golden Pond Elder Care Strategies.

Mary needed support while she healed from a fractured hip. She also needed support for her memory and executive function deficits. She returned home from rehabilitation with private duty care givers around the clock.

Golden Pond provided medication management, accompanied her to doctors’ appointments, and kept the family fully informed so that they could help her make decisions. Over time, the hip healed but her dependence on care givers to help her with her daily routine remained.

Mary needed ongoing 24-hour assistance. Eventually she moved to be near other family members who said it was their turn to have her live close.

Here is how her son Rob describes the elder care management services the family received:

“Words don’t do justice to convey how much I have appreciated your counsel and encouragement. Patti and I were swimming in a swirl of options. Elder care is a tricky business wedging one between wanting to do the right thing, sorting through the many options, and deciphering the healthcare vernacular. You made it make sense.

First you offered Patti calm assurances that it will work out. That first conversation made a huge difference to us. We knew then we would be able to figure it out and had an ally.

Next, with exceptional insight and empathy, you quickly assessed what mom needed and set us on that path picking up the management of the details. And then as we weighed the long term, you guided us through the assisted living options.

Maybe this is all in a day’s work for you. But for the layman and loved one in the grip of pressing decisions that need to be made, your expertise is next to magic. You always seemed to know what exactly was needed. You provided peace of mind and confidence in a very trying time.

You have made a real difference.”