When mom began to have health problems and needed some assistance we were lost. I began to research to find out what was available in senior care. At that time I had no industry knowledge or experience.
The problem was that the more we searched the more confused we were! Everybody was trying to sell me on their service and convince me that what they were selling was the best thing for our family.
Then I called one of those "Free Advisors". They gave me a list of places and then gave my contact name out to 20 communities! I was looking in Cypress and they sent me stuff in Sugar Land! I was really feeling overwhelmed and I bet you are also.
"Trying to Navigate the Elder Care System By Yourself is Like Trying To Fly An Airplane When You Are Not A Pilot." ~ Kathryn Watson
It doesn't matter how smart you are, if you are not in this industry there is a lot you don't know.
If you do not have experience in the elder care industry you need to hire a professional. A poor decision could cost you and that special someone you care for to lose thousands of $$$$.
Save You Time
Researching care options and visiting facilities takes a lot of time. Each place you call will try to keep you on the phone for 30 to 60 minutes and then will call and email you constantly! Let us narrow the search for you so you don't waste precious time calling places that aren't a match for your situation.
Save You Money
Somebody has to pay those "Free Advisors" don't they? Ultimately it will be you! Fees that could have been negotiated have to be paid to pay the "free advisor" While all companies will not negotiate fees, many will and this could save you thousands!
Give You Peace of Mind
Knowing that someone who is familiar with the industry in the Greater Houston area is on your side will give you peace of mind when making those difficult decisions. As an Independent Advisor I get to know the companies and facilities. I know the good, the bad and the ugly.
"Our firm has used Kathryn many times over the years! The families have reported nothing but positive outcomes.
Susan, Sharon and Bob's daughter contacted me about her parent's dilemma. Bob was in his mid 70's and still in the early stages of Alzheimer's. They both knew that it was important to move closer to their children when the time came that Sharon needed more help caring for Bob.
We looked at the different options that were available in the Katy area so they would be close to Susan and other family members. We also took a hard look at finances to make sure the money was going to hold out for the duration of this illness and that there would be some left over for Sharon.
I gave them referrals to a couple of Elder Law Attorneys in the area and suggested they have a visit to make sure all of their ducks were in a row.
Because Bob was still doing pretty well but did need a little supervision we choose an independent living community. Bob and Sharon could have their own apartment with 3 meals a day, transportation and lots of activities. Both could be comfortable here. The community also offered an on site home care service that could help with issues that might arise. There was an extra fee for this service but because they had an office on site they could charge in 15 minute increments. This made the service very affordable.
Sharon wasn't ready to move into an assisted living and Bob was not needing memory care just yet. They wanted to live together. Independent living offered both what was needed at this time.
We also took a look at some memory care communities in the area for when it was time to cross that bridge.
Strategy and Planning Session
Other professionals may be consulted as needed such as a Elder Law Attorney or a Geriatric Care Manager
When you just need unbiased advice from someone familiar with the Houston area market who does not have any affiliation with any particular company.
30 to 45 minutes to discuss your concerns
I will give you the good, the bad and the ugly about any communities you are considering.
When are are not sure what services you need and who can help you.
We will meet in person or by phone for 45 minutes to 1 hour to assess your needs.
2 follow up calls / unlimited email
In February 2013, my wife and I were faced with the need to move her elderly parents from Indiana to Spring, TX. They were still somewhat independent but did not want to live with us or in their own home. We were perplexed as to what to do and we certainly did not have the knowledge concerning elder care. A friend of ours recommended that we call Kathryn to discuss our situation so that she could advise us. That initial call to Kathryn was the best decision that we made. Subsequently, after multiple discussions with Kathryn we have successfully moved my in-laws into a nearby assisted living facility, sold their Indiana house and re-enrolled them into a Texas Medicare Supplement plan. Kathryn is a consummate professional with a plethora of knowledge in her field. She always is available when I call to discuss elder care issues and her advise is always "spot on". I have recommended multiple colleagues to Kathryn and will continue to give her the highest recommendation for her knowledge, skill and expertise. I will also continue to personally utilize her advise and counsel as my wife and I move closer to our "golden years
"Kathryn is an expert on the subject of eldercare, and has written two very informative books on the subject. I will refer to the information in her books for years in the future, and I recommend Kathryn to anyone who needs assistance in these types of issues."
Follow Up Phone Calls and emails will help to answer any new questions that may arise.
Seriously, what are you waiting for? The situation is not likely to get better. It's time to get a plan together.
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The hospital social worker is great for helping you find the right place for rehabilitation and long term acute care. But when it comes to finding a long term solution for care the truth is they simply do not have enough time in the day to visit facilities and research service providers. Sometimes the facility where they work may require the social worker to refer to certain companies they have an arrangement with. This may or may not be in the seniors best interest.
First I would ask if a nursing home is your only and best option? If you are on medicaid or you have a tracheotomy that may be your only option. At this time I do not have enough information about various Houston nursing homes to help you. If however, you would like to explore other options and benefits you may be entitled to, then I could help.
I am familiar with Home Care & Home Health Companies, Hospice Agencies, Independent Living, Assisted Living both Type A and B, both large and small, Alzheimer's or Dementia Care facilities commonly referred to as Memory Care, Residential Care Homes, Personal Care Homes, Senior Move Managers, Geriatric Care Managers and Elder Law Attorneys.
I often work with families dealing with Alzheimer's and other types of dementia. There are a number of options that are available and some resources you may not be aware of.
I work with home care agencies to help you find caregivers that will match your needs. They do all of the background checks needed and also make sure the caregiver is properly trained. I do not refer to individual caregivers.