I strongly believe that seniors—especially those with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias—should never be alone in the emergency room. That’s why I am available around the clock to meet a senior at the hospital to calm and reassure the person; talk with the emergency department staff in their language about medical history, living arrangements and treatment wishes; advocate for the senior; and provide understandable reports and clear guidance to far-away family.

Alissa Schramm

When I am an old woman, I shall wear purple with a red hat that doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me….

But maybe I ought to practice a little now? So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised when suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.

From "Warning - When I Am an Old Woman I shall Wear Purple"by Jenny Joseph

Bessie liked to add new plants to her garden every year. After she died, someone gave me some tulip bulbs to add to the garden. I planted them and it made me happy. I know that they’ll be back next year.

Sarah L. DelanyAbout her sister who died at age 104 in "On My Own at 107, Reflections of Life Without Bessie" with Amy Hill Hearth

Elder Care Services

Compass can provide some or all of the following services for you and your loved one. We can tailor a plan that makes sense for your family. Start with a phone call to Compass, requesting a no-charge, half-hour consultation.

Planning Phase

  • Meet with loved one and family members about their concerns, wishes and goals.
  • Perform comprehensive evaluations.
  • Assess senior’s functioning and identify needs.
  • Gather and review medical records.
  • Consult with doctors and other health care providers.
  • Develop personalized, detailed short-term and long-term care plans.
  • Set care-need priorities.
  • Offer advice about best care options.
  • Recommend home care agencies or care communities, if necessary. (Compass does not accept placement, referral or finder’s fees, assuring unbiased guidance.)

Action Phase

  • Assist with home care considerations or care community tours and selection.
  • Provide education, guidance and support concerning care path.
  • Complete home care intake or care community admission paperwork.
  • Meet with home care agency for initial visit or arrange logistics for move to care community.
  • Move senior to care community, orient care staff and handle any difficulties.
  • Support senior throughout adjustment period.
  • Facilitate conversation about medical wishes.
  • Ensure senior accessing all financial benefits.
  • Confirm legal paperwork complete.
  • Suggest and coordinate ways to enhance loved one’s quality of life.

Monitoring Phase

  • Provide ongoing evaluation to avert or solve problems.
  • Monitor services for professionalism and effectiveness, and address any shortcomings.
  • Attend care conferences.
  • Accompany at doctor’s appointments and hospital emergency department visits.
  • Coordinate transportation, including qualifying senior for discount rides.
  • Help with multitude of tasks that affect senior’s daily life.
  • Arrange and oversee pet care.
  • Review medical invoices for accuracy and verify insurance payments.
  • Assess Medicare Part D drug plans during annual enrollment period.

Services Always Provided

  • Available in person for existing clients and their families 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including overnights, weekends and holidays.
  • Advocate for senior to achieve the highest possible quality of life.
  • Communicate with family members at desired frequency.

Call or email today to request a complimentary 30-minute no-obligation introductory consultation (one per family by phone or in person).

Medicare does not pay for geriatric care management. Services are private pay only. Some long-term care insurance policies may reimburse clients for care management services.

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