Advocate Stories

All she wanted was a little sun

By Tony Polk

Beautiful elderly happy coupleNot long ago, Michael, our advocate in Broward County, Florida, got a phone call from an assisted living facility he worked with. The manager wanted him to find a new home for one of its residents, a 99-year-old woman who they felt had memory loss and had started wandering out of the facility.As a former nursing home and assisted living manager who had run multiple facilities with up to 750 residents, Michael immediately understood the problem: Wanderers strike fear in the hearts of facilities managers. read more

Our Advocate leads a team revitalizing a woman’s life

By Tony Polk

Old couple at the restaurant and having a good timeCecil, our advocate in Tucson and Southern Arizona, recently got a phone call from a Tucson area Behavioral Health Center which needed help placing one of its patients.  Helen (not her real name) was 66-year-old woman who had been diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.Visiting a behavioral care center is not for the faint hearted.read more

 

Family Conflicts Make Death Worse

By Tony Polk
donna leggere sedutaEarlier in her career as a Senior Placement Advocate, Candy, our advocate in Palm Beach County, faced one of the most difficult aspects of senior placement — conflicts between family members regarding what’s best for their parents. Candy had worked with the family and the primary caregiver, a daughter who lived near her parents, to address the end-of-life issues faced by Mom and Dad who were still together after 70 years.  Dad’s health was in deep decline. His kidneys were failing. He was bipolar, increasingly subject to periods of searing depression.read more

 

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