A Care Manager Provides a Family with Resources
Emma Alford moved her mother Annie Davis, also affectionately known as Ms. Daisy, from Mt. Vernon NY to care for her. For Emma, it was the best option after her father had passed away, especially with all of her siblings living outside of New York.
It was only nine months after Emma moved her mom into her home that Ms. Daisy wanted to live on her own and be as independent as possible. She then moved into an apartment building for senior citizens conveniently located just around the corner from her daughter.
In order to further enable her mother to continue living independently, Emma had also found a day care center that Ms. Daisy could attend 3-4 days a week. Emma remained her mother’s sole caregiver as she continued to frequently visit and check on her.
As time went on, however, Ms. Daisy’s health began to change and living on her own became a major challenge when she ultimately had a stroke. Emma proceeded to call her sister, a Geriatric Nursing Assistant, who moved her family to Maryland to assist in the care of Ms. Daisy. Her health continued to decline and Ms. Daisy was also diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
At what was an extremely difficult time, the family turned to Rosemary Allender, founder and owner of Family Eldercare Management, who offered her aid and assistance and provided Emma and her sister with helpful information regarding their mother’s care.
Over the course of the next few years, Rosemary provided her expertise as a care manager on invaluable resources, such as how the family could get additional health care assistance through though the Special Low Income Medicare Beneficiary Program. She also informed them of local support groups where they could find additional support and insight.
In August 2008, at age 88, Ms. Daisy’s Alzheimer’s progressed to the late/end stage. With the continued guidance of Rosemary, they were able to provide in-home Palliative/Hospice Care throughout the following year, when Ms. Daisy closed her eyes and peacefully transitioned.