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.

The First Steps of Geriatric Care Management

  • Talk with family members about their concerns and goals.
  • Meet with and assess senior’s functioning and identify needs.
  • Gather and review medical records.
  • Confer with doctors and other health care providers.
  • Develop short-term and long-term care plans.
  • Advise family members about best care options for elderly loved ones.
  • Recommend home health agencies or care facilities, if necessary. (Compass does not accept placement, referral or finder’s fees, assuring unbiased guidance.)

The Action Phase of Geriatric Care Management

  • Assist with home care choices or facility admission, move logistics and adjustment period.
  • Provide ongoing evaluation to anticipate and solve problems.
  • Monitor services for professionalism and effectiveness.
  • Communicate with family members on regular basis.
  • Accompany at doctor’s appointments and hospital emergency department visits.
  • Coordinate transportation, including qualifying seniors for discount passes.
  • Assess Medicare Part D drug plans during annual enrollment period.
  • Help with multitude of home tasks that affect seniors’ daily lives.
  • Arrange and oversee pet care.
  • Available for existing clients and their families 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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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