TA DA!! We created a comfy home in ONE DAY!!
It is estimated by 2025, 7.1 million American seniors over the age of 65 will have dementia. This will be a 40% increase in the next 10 years. Having a family connection to this disease allows me to see the toll in takes on caregivers. At some point, these seniors will require round the clock care which is why many senior communities are adding memory care residences.
We were approached by Brenda Martinson, owner of San Diego Personal Business Services, a Financial Organizing/Business Consulting company to implement a move for her senior client from Carlsbad by the Sea to a memory care residence. (Learn more about Brenda by clicking here to visit her website.)
Brenda's client, affected with dementia, was unable to make decisions so Brenda reached out to the family and hired us to handle the move provided we could do it in one day as it would be the least traumatic approach for the client.
Brenda treated her client like family and wanted what was in the her client's best interest so putting her reputation at stake to work with us was a BIG DEAL!!
Prior to the move, we worked with Brenda and identified what resources and strategic partners would be necessary to implement the move. On moving day, we were able to pack and unpack while the family kept our client at the beach enjoying San Diego. In addition to packing and unpacking, our team carefully put together pictures and displayed mementoes from her life so she would have familiarity with her new environment. By packing and unpacking, we were able to get to know the client and create a space close to the one she was leaving.
Here are a few pictures of what our team did to make her room feel like "home".
For the client, the day started like any other. Sleeping in her own bed, getting ready for the day and leaving everything just as it was. While she spent the day at the beach visiting family, we packed up her home, worked with the movers.
At the end of the day, she came home to a freshly made bed, toothbrush by the sink and her belongings put away and decorated. We even laid her blanket out the way she liked it and kept her bed in the same position. One of my favorite touches was a butterfly pin that we hung on her headboard to cover a stain.
The client was able to get ready for her day just as she would on a normal day out. We took pictures and did our best to keep the things out on the counter the way she was used to.
We organized all the clients toiletries and created a nice neat environment (although the new bathroom was MUCH smaller with significantly less space and the client went from two bathrooms down to one.
"Just so very pleased with what you and your team did for my client...you took a small drab room and turned it into a delightful home...well decorated with thoughtful touches.
Thank you for making the process so smooth."
San Diego Personal Business Services
Jami Shapiro is President of Silver Linings Transitions. As a cancer survivor, she embraces aging and the challenges it presents.