The Senior Sage Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I hire someone to help me ﬁnd a care facility?
It's a complicated and sometimes expensive learning process to find the right care facility for your loved one. Deposit fees can range from $1000 to $5,000 in Assisted Living and are non-refundable so it's important for you to choose wisely. Because I'm in the community I often know if a facility is experiencing difficulties or has had a high staff turnover. Often I'm called after a family finds that the facility they chose is less than ideal and doesn't meet their needs.
How much is this going to cost?
A modest retainer covers 5 hours of care, which in most cases allows me to create a caregiving plan and have your issues resolved.
How do you assist families in which one person from a distance doesn’t think that mom or dad need help?
Caregivers or physicians are usually the ones who recognize the need for help before others who don't see loved ones on a regular basis. All family members will compassionately be helped with information and support.
Can you help with providing information regarding mom or dad to siblings that aren't on the same page?
I'm very aware of family dynamics and may act as a liaison with concerns and coordination of care through telephone or written reports for multiple family members.
What happens after we initially make contact?
We’ll set up a convenient time and location to discuss your needs and concerns in a one hour complimentary consultation.
Can you help me get my dad to stop driving? He's had several accidents and says that none of them were his fault despite receiving two tickets.
Absolutely! I'll make sure that you are not the "bad guy" and will give you suggestions to find a solution that will work for your situation.
Are you an attorney?
No, there are several elder law attorneys I refer families to who need legal assistance. The same is true for financial or insurance needs. I only refer to top notch individuals and businesses, some that I have used for my own family members.
Do facilities or other professionals you refer to pay a referral fee?
No! If an organization or an individual's services are not up to standards that meet or exceed state licensing requirements, I won't refer to them. It's a matter of doing the right thing, not choosing a service based on a fee they may pay me.
For more questions or additional information, please contact me.