Direction for All Circumstances
How do you convince your 90-year-old widowed mother, who has lived independently for many years, that she should no longer drive a car?
How do you advise her to move from a large house to a smaller apartment at an independent/assisted living facility?
When she breaks her hip, how do you find appropriate rehabilitation therapy to help her walk again? What do you do when a facility refuses dementia patients?
How do you deal with the myriad of medical and care arrangements as dementia progresses? How do you learn to relate to a loved one whose personality and reality are transformed by dementia?
These are but a few of the many difficult situations in which Alissa Schramm has assisted our family over the last several years. We feel blessed with Alissa’s professional and caring counseling, as we have dealt with the many, many issues of a loved one whose life transitioned from complete independence to total reliance in just a very short time.
The decisions you make are not always easy. You never have all of the information. You second guess yourself by asking, “Is this really the right thing to do?” Sometimes, you have to make immediate decisions. Most families do not have the familiarity with senior care to make well-informed decisions. Alissa has always been there to listen, evaluate and advise us through the many mazes of retirement and assisted living, hospital and rehabilitation centers, medical services and Medicare, senior transportation services, memory care facilities and all of the regulations, documentation and attention necessary to providing for loved ones who can no longer manage their own affairs.
Alissa has been by our side through many emergencies and calamities. We have relied on her guidance and assistance more times that I can remember. As a result, the crises have been navigated and our mother is now attended by a caring staff at a memory care facility. We know there will be new concerns and events in the future, but we can at least enjoy the good moments we have with our mother. Our family has the peace of mind that we have made sound decisions because we have relied on Alissa for her compassionate care and superior abilities as a geriatric care manager.