Sunday, April 30, 2017

One Family's Story: Heading West With Mom

I love telling stories.  True stories of families finding wonderful new homes for their loved ones.

Our company, Silver Age Housing & Care Referrals, matches seniors and their families with the best of retirement communities, assisted living communities or adult family homes.  Our service is free to families; we're paid by the communities on move-in.

For me, the best part of my job is the stories of heroic families wanting the very best for their loved ones, even if it means traveling across the country. 

Take Jane, 85.  Until a few months ago she lived in rural New York with little support except her younger brother.  One day, "Bam," he fell out of an apple tree, breaking his hip and ending his caregiver days. Jane's children were soon called into service.  They discovered her home was unsanitary and no longer safe.  They took her to their home in Washington State.  But this wasn't a long-term solution.

That's where Silver Age (and I) came in.  Jane didn't want to live in assisted living,  So we talked about what she did enjoy.  She loved baking wedding cakes and sewing wedding dresses.  She enjoyed playing the piano and listening to music.  And of course, there were the grandchildren, all here in Washington.

I also talked with her children separately about the Veterans Aid and Attendance which she likely would qualify for later as the widow of a veteran of World War II.

Jane's son and daughter-in-law visited a couple of assisted living communities and decided on one of them.  After several days of discussion and visits, Jane decided to move.

Several weeks later, Jane is doing well in her new home, minutes away from her family.  She is starting to make friends.  It's a great story; and I got to be a part of it!

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