Ask the Experts: Seniors & Aging
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How do you ensure a smooth transition from home to
community based living, especially for individuals who
need memory care?
Right from the start we offer a very supportive environment that ensures a safe and successful transition for our new
residents—and their loved ones. Our experienced team begins
by learning the stories and details of our residents’ lives to
design a customized plan of assistance for each. We partner our
designated care managers with residents to develop a trusting
bond that extends to their families. Great communication is also
essential and our leadership team is in regular contact with
families. We encourage bringing familiar, treasured objects from
home to personalize private spaces. Combined with our warm,
inviting common areas, this creates a welcoming retreat to help
minimize anxiety. We know that every resident is unique and
make certain the transition plan reflects this.
Jennie Feldmann, Director of
Sunrise at Fox Hill
8300 Burdette Road
Bethesda, MD 20817
How can an Aging Life Care Manager™ help me
when my siblings and I are at odds regarding care
decisions for our parents?
Families often find making decisions about care for aging
parents to be a stressful and emotionally fraught process.
Each sibling has their own relationship with their parents, and
their perspective on and perceptions of the situation can vary
greatly. Add into the mix the complexities of the financial costs
of providing care and it can be very challenging to agree on an
arrangement that satisfies everyone, including the parents. As
Aging Life Care Managers, we have a comprehensive assessment process and multi-disciplinary team approach. We make
recommendations about the care needs identified and then
help families understand the various options that are available
to meet those needs, whether it is a move or remaining at
home. We are the neutral and objective voice in the discussion,
sensitively facilitating a solution that feels right to all parties.
Susy Elder Murphy, Owner
Debra Levy Eldercare Associates
11120 New Hampshire Ave., Suite 505
Silver Spring, MD 20904
From left to right: Kim Picca, RN, Director of Nursing;
Susy Elder Murphy, Owner; Susan Blum, LCSW-C,
Director of Care Management.