Anna is an 80 year-old widow whose husband died two years ago. She has remained in the ranch home that her husband built for her 35 years ago. With the exception of hiring a gardener and a housekeeper to help tend to the outside and inside work in her home, Anna has remained independent, still driving, and able to tend to her needs. Everything was running smoothly until last month when Anna had a stroke which has left her partially paralyzed. Anna wants to remain in her home, but realizes that she must secure a number of services in order to do so.
Her son, Kevin, lives a few hours drive from her. He called the Elder Care Consultation & Referral Service and after a thorough assessment of his mother’s needs, the Elder Care Specialist provided information about four home health care services operating in Anna’s hometown. These agencies have staff members who can assist her with bathing, dressing, toileting, meal preparation, and transportation to her doctor’s appointments. Anna can choose which service will best meet her needs. Information was also provided on the local emergency response system and senior center, both of which Anna has followed-up with. In using the local emergency response system she is no longer alone or vulnerable in her home. And access to the neighborhood senior center, which provides door-to-door transportation, provides a chance to remain connected with others.