We understand the range of dementias and memory issues.
Our clients, their spouses, their adult children and other family members often come to us because of signs of dementia and memory issues. The client may have difficulty with word retrieval, remembering important details, managing their personal care, managing mail and bill paying, driving, house-keeping, laundry, home maintenance, and business decisions.
They are concerned and need help to get a diagnosis, to find the right support, and to talk to their loved one about the problems they are seeing.
Sometimes the initial symptoms of dementia and memory issues are inconsistent and confusing. It takes a while for the pattern of cognitive issues to clearly emerge.
Individuals and families are changed forever when someone develops Alzheimer’s Disease or some other dementia. Strokes and vascular dementia impair physical and cognitive function.
These conditions are even more challenging for those who are senior “orphans” without family and friends to provide care and concern. Many businesses have been destroyed and financial stability eroded because someone lost their executive function (reasoning, problem solving, planning, decision making, self-control) from frontal temporal lobe dementia.
Cognitive decline can be masked by great social skills, self-confidence, and a lack of awareness and therefore not obvious until it is too late.
We help you know where to start and the steps to follow.
When adult children want to help, they often don’t know where to start. They have full time jobs and family responsibilities. Intergenerational history may not have prepared the family for the children to be involved in the intimate details of their parents’ lives.
As certified care managers, we are professionals that clients often welcome as their advocate when clients have hidden their problems and avoided asking for or accepting help from their children. We learn about every aspect related to the client’s well-being, determine their needs, consider their preferences, and create a plan.
We develop a customized plan.
We take into consideration the short term needs and plan with an eye to the long-term. We start with the client’s immediate concerns and provide comprehensive recommendations. We develop trust, provide decision support, initiate access to services and senior care communities based on experience, provide navigation within the healthcare system and insurances, and provide continuity and customized care.
Once there is a plan for managing dementia and other memory issues, some people implement it themselves and have regular check-up calls. Others want their care manager to accompany them to medical appointments, manage their medications, coordinate the in-home care or senior living community care, recognize emerging needs to prevent a crisis, and meet them at the emergency room when needed.
Each situation that involves dementia and memory care is different. That is why we customize your care, identify solutions, deal with new needs as they emerge, and offer peace of mind.