Twenty years ago, my mother had a stroke. She died five months later. Over the course of that five-month period, I learned about hospitals, rehabilitation, home care and hospice, institutions and programs, all with which I had almost no prior experience. Suddenly I was making major decisions about another person’s life and care with only limited knowledge. I was trying to do the right thing without knowing what the right thing was. That experience changed the direction of my life.
Since then, I have earned a Master’s degree in Gerontology and worked in the elder care field as a case manager and court-appointed guardian. I have spoken to hundreds of people looking for help for themselves, a wife or husband, parents, partners and friends. Most of these people were like I was 20 years ago. They do not know much about healthcare or what care options are available or what the cost would be. They are pressured and scared and sometimes very frustrated. They have to make decisions about care for another person with little or no experience or knowledge to help them find and evaluate the options available. They often feel very isolated.
For several years, I have wanted to find a way to offer free, unbiased information to help people navigate the maze of long-term care and find the best care possible. That is what this site is all about. With the help of family and friends, www.eldercarehelper.com is up and running. I hope that the information and tools you find here help you in your search for long-term care.