“The only rock I know that stays steady, the only institution I know that works is the family.” ~Lee Iacocca
“Families are like fudge – mostly sweet with a few nuts.” ~Author Unknown
Over the course of her career, Laurie has worked with many different families: the families who are close and agree what needs to be done for a relative with dementia, to those family members who have had many years of geographic and emotional distance between them. Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia can challenge the closest of families as well as bring estranged families together.
IT STARTS WITH A PHONE CALL
“I am not sure where to begin, but I was referred to you for help.”
“My mother has Alzheimer’s and we are at the point that we need some assistance”.
“My dad refuses the care that my brother and I think he needs. What can we do?”
“My parents are 82 and 83 and living in their own home. My mother has fairly considerable cognitive impairment, accompanied by frequent agitation, combativeness, and lack of cooperation. My father has successfully coped with this for more than a year, but he cannot go on without jeopardizing his own health”.
“My brother and I both agree that my mother needs more help in caring for our dad, but we disagree on what kind and how much help.”
Whatever the reason for the call, Laurie knows how to help. After nearly 30 years of helping families, Laurie knows the best way to begin is to LISTEN. After a few minutes, callers know they are in capable hands.
A SINGLE CONSULTATION gets you started.
- A thorough assessment evaluates your situation and identifies needs for the person with memory loss and the caregiver.
CARE SOLUTIONS and recommendations help you manage your loved one’s current care and plan for future needs.
- A summary report of every visit and interaction with clients, doctors and other health care professionals is written. This report, which answers your questions and concerns is shared with others, only as directed by you.
SUPPORT and education helps families accept, cope, and respond to a relative’s changing abilities.
- Email, phone, and of course, in person consultations.
- Referrals to doctors, financial and legal services, in-home agencies, community programs and residential care homes.
- Monitoring, coordinating, and advocating for quality care.
- Caregiver counseling and facilitating family meetings to help family members talk openly about their situations, what they can do and expect, and plan for the future.
- Assisting families with transitions, from accepting help in the home to moving a relative to residential care.
CHOOSE THE PLAN THAT IS RIGHT FOR YOU
Knowing that the needs and resources vary in each family, Laurie offers the following services:
A ONE TIME CONSULTATION. Laurie helps families think through a current challenge or situation. After having Laurie’s support and expertise, some families are able to take the first steps and make the changes by themselves.
AS NEEDED SUPPORT. After the initial consultation, Laurie is available to help families as needed. When an unexpected change occurs and the family needs additional support and guidance, Laurie can resume her work with families.
SHORT TERM OR LONG TERM CARE MANAGEMENT. Laurie provides on-going support, oversight and guidance as a geriatric care manager. This helps families who live nearby or far away from their relative
“In the midst of total chaos, we were referred to Laurie. It was in a state of near desperation that my husband made his first call to Laurie. With no hesitation, Laurie began the challenging process of accessing the situation, identifying my mother-in-law’s needs, prioritizing issues and developing a plan. Laurie’s expertise with dementia, combined with her professionalism, compassion and commitment (to both patient and family) have rendered her invaluable. Thank you Laurie!” Julie, daughter-in-law
“My advice for anyone having to make decisions for an elderly parent is to seek a care manager, listen to them, learn from them, and if you are lucky enough to have Laurie White as that caregiver manager, then you have an Angel on your side too. I am one very lucky daughter to have found Laurie.” Jane Penley, a long distance daughter living in Colorado
“Not only do my families learn from Laurie, but they feel such warmth and care as soon as they meet her.” Wendy Taylor, Director of Caring Ministries, First Presbyterian Church, Santa Rosa
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