How We Can Help

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  • We assess needs, preferences and resources in order to develop

    the best plan for care.

  • We advocate on behalf of our clients as they navigate complex health care services, housing situations, and an array of professionals and caregiving communities.

  • We ensure our clients have the highest quality of life so they can maintain as much independence as possible.

John and Betty

John was in the late stages of Parkinson’s disease, receiving hospice services while residing in a skilled nursing facility. His wife, Betty, has diabetes and was living independently in their home. John and Jim, their sons, lived on the east coast and were concerned about their father’s nursing care as well as how well their mother was managing her diabetes, the fact that she was still driving and her increasing forgetfulness.

After completing the assessment process and gaining input from family members and involved medical professionals, we created a plan. We gently added extra services for Betty and John was even able to return home with Betty and with hospice care so he could die peacefully at home.

Throughout the process, we had conversations and reported back to John and Jim who were able to be active participants in decisions and were supported along the way thru this difficult time. They now have peace of mind knowing their father was home in his final days, and their mother has an advocate at AgeWise Advocacy & Consulting.
Our assessment process evaluates a client’s needs and wishes based on their current capabilities in the following areas:

  • cognitive function
  • medical issues
  • emotional needs
  • social connections
  • financial/legal
  • spiritual values
  • physical ability
  • housing preferences
  • family relationships

The challenges and choices that come with growing older can be overwhelming. It is especially difficult if you live far away from a family member. We are here to help you or your loved one create a plan of care and successfully navigate the complexity of issues often faced.

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We are highly skilled in mediation and support families toward shared decision making where differences exist. Issues may include:

  • decision making authority
  • housing
  • communication
  • property
  • healthcare decisions

In addition, we serve as family liaison, a central contact for family members, care providers and other professionals to ensure consistent and effective communication.

Margaret and Stanley

Margaret and Stanley have five children, several of whom are medical professionals. Most family problems are addressed by argument and dissension. As they aged, Margaret began exhibiting symptoms of cognitive decline, and Stanley developed health problems. The children and Stanley found themselves arguing about how to go forward. This stress created so much turmoil for Margaret that she became highly anxious and required psychiatric hospitalization.

The family contacted us, desperate to find some agreement so they could plan for the future and create a nurturing environment for Margaret, to prevent further hospitalizations. We intervened and helped them successfully create a roadmap for decision making.

We will consult with you and your family to help you manage difficult conversations and work with you to develop solutions that are in the best interest of your loved one and your family as a whole.

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  • We assist clients by identifying potential needs as they age and develop action plans for the future.

  • We can help create a plan to age in place or a plan to safely transition.

  • Clients emerge from our process with a roadmap for the future and agreement about what changes in functioning will prompt plan implementation.

Looking to the future and deciding preferences and choosing from available options brings peace of mind to everyone involved and reduces the burden of making decisions when in crisis. Examples of changes that might trigger implementation of your personalized plan:

  • Initial diagnosis of dementia
  • Change in physical/cognitive function
  • A fall
  • A stroke
  • Hospitalization
  • Death of spouse
  • Decreasing vision and mobility
  • Increase in medical needs
  • Home maintenance is becoming overwhelming
  • Loss of driving
  • Depression/anxiety

Mark and Joan

Mark and Joan enjoy living a full and active life. They have lived in the same home for 40 years. Their daughter, Carol, lives on the West coast and has her own business and is supportive, but not easily available. Mark and Joan have a general idea about how they want to live as they age and realize the importance of having a local advocate.

We met with them, collected important information and helped them discuss sensitive topics they have been avoiding which culminated in the creation of a detailed plan for the future. This couple now has a good roadmap and a professional who can advocate on their behalf and be a steadfast resource.

If you find yourself in a situation similar to Mark and Joan, we can assist you in planning for your future so you can have peace of mind and confidence in the knowledge you have communicated your wishes and now have advocates who can see your plans and wishes are carried out.

Each family has unique circumstances, not the least among those are finances. Our passion is to support individuals and families with resources that meet their specific requirements. Our business is structured in a way that allows for a wide range of financial conditions, whether you have a one-time question or desire a comprehensive array of services. We want to help you wherever you are in the journey.

  • We offer a brief, focused consultation for questions or circumstances that can be easily handled in 30 to 60 minutes.
  • A comprehensive assessment can provide a very complete and detailed picture of the senior and circumstance, critical to creating the best plan for moving forward.