What is the Circle of Support?
Gina and I have learned that taking care of parents is a lot more than just focusing on home care and/or personal health. Caring for a loved one at home by themselves can require the help of a number of service providers that are experts in their fields.
Here’s a real life example of caring for our own parents remotely. One minute the issue is a leak in the roof that needs immediate repair. Who do you call? The next minute its help making payments on bills and paying penalties because they are overdue.
Then just when you think it couldn’t get any worse you get a call from your brother. Turns out Mom hurt herself due to a fall. She didn’t tell you about because she didn’t want you to feel bad because you are doing so much.
You knew the house could use a major reorganization and a good safety check but you didn’t have time to get around to it to discuss with Mom nor did you know somebody that can help.
Your challenge is you have a full-time job and you live far away from Mom and there’s no immediate family nearby to help. What do you do? Who can you turn to for advice and help?
It takes a Village - The Circle of Support
There are great people and companies that can help. Your loved ones are at the center of the circle of support. It’s about creating an excellent support network of resources that provide a critical component (spoke) in the total care solution for seniors.
Aware Senior Care Circle of Support
The Circle of Support (below) is about community resources that are there to help in their particular area of expertise:
All of these services help with the preferred at-home living solution for Mom and/or Dad. Again staying at home is more than companion and/or personal care. The objective is to not only live safely and well at home but to thrive.
Gina and I have met with the leaders of companies/services for each of these areas and we feel they provide very good solution options for you in their particular areas of expertise. In the end though the decision is yours to choose to get help from the circle of support.
Care Management and Advocacy:
HealthCLEAR For You
NAVIGATE NC offers professional advocacy and care management services for seniors and their families. Advocates serve as your 'Professional Relative', local eyes and ears who can step in when you cannot be there. We work in direct service to individuals and their family, not the hospital, not the insurance company. You.Visit Website
Ellen Beechhold As a certified Geriatric Care Manager my mission is to help clients:
·Create a safe environment whether at home or in a community with solution to meet short and long term goals.
·Identify and manage available services, supports and care solutions.
·Be an Advocates for the family who has limited time or expertise in managing their loved one’s daily needs.
Oasis Senior Advisors
Free referral/placement service for seniors who want to fully and quickly determine their best options for assisted living.Visit Website
Raleigh Geriatric Care Management
Lauren Watral, MSW, CMC
Care Management services are provided by Lauren Watral, a graduate of Duke University with a Bachelor of Arts degree (BA). Lauren earned her Masters in Social Work (MSW) from the University of South Carolina. She also holds a certificate in Geriatric Care Management from Louis and Clarke University and earned her CMC(Care Manager Certified) designation in 2014. While beginning her professional career in social work in 1986, Lauren progressed into various positions encompassing mental health, substance abuse counseling, and older adult care programming. She joined a geriatric care management company in 2003 and was instrumental in the design of services, training of care managers, and client management. In 2009, Raleigh Geriatric Care Management was established.
Raleigh Geriatric Care also runs a support group for caregivers. Find more information here.Visit Website
Home Health and Hospice:
Transitions LifeCare provides a comprehensive circle of expert care and support. What's more, Transitions LifeCare offers education as well as emotional and spiritual support for the patient's entire family. Our services are tailored to meet the exact needs, wishes and goals of each patient and family member.Visit Website
As America’s home health and hospice leader, the Gentiva family of companies has been bringing great healthcare home for four decades. Our care is defined by our clinical expertise and the compassion we deliver to 80,000 patients a day – one patient at a time.Visit Website
Heartland Hospice is part of the HCR Manor Care family, a leading provider of home health care, hospice care, skilled nursing, memory care and post-acute care.
We deliver care in 24 states and are the third largest hospice provider in the nation. At Heartland, we proudly provide hospice care wherever you call home: the house you've lived in for decades, a skilled nursing center, an assisted living facility or anywhere else you find the greatest comfort.Visit Website
Home Renovations, Organization, Monitoring Technology, Pharmacy Delivery:
Your Next Move
Your Next Move is a highly qualified team of senior relocation specialists providing individualized attention and care for families and individuals moving from their home into senior housing. We conduct a detailed needs assessment with the family to determine best housing options and provide details on the available senior communities that would be the best fit. We also have a team of Realtors who specialize in working with seniors and we are your project manager through every step of the home sale from working with contractors and movers, to staging your home and planning estate sales, to ensure a smooth, respectful and successful transition.Visit Website
Smart Homes and Business
Health Park Pharmacy
Steve Adkins One of the most important ways you can manage your health is by taking your medicine as directed. Health Park Pharmacy is a full service pharmacy that simplifies this process for you. We also offer immunizations, home delivery and Medicare Part D Plan Comparisons.
8300 Health Park
Raleigh, NC, 27615
Hayes Barton Pharmacy
“At Hayes Barton Pharmacy, our primary concern is our patient’s health. Through education and personal care, we have proudly served our community for more than 75 years. We understand how important medications are to maintaining independence and how incredibly difficult that can become. Our programs today are designed to make managing your medications much easier. Our synchronization program allows patients to receive all of their medications once per month. We also offer medication packaging for those who need help organizing their own medications. These products and others are complimented by our FREE delivery with the goal of keeping you healthy and independent.”
Hayes Barton Pharmacy
Brent Talley, Pharmacy Manager
2000 Fairview Rd.
Raleigh, NC 27608
Financial Planning, Bill Pay and Estate Sales:
Fourie Group is a full service insurance agency specializing in health insurance for all ages as well as supplemental plans such as life, hospital indemnity, long term care and Medicare Supplements.Visit Website
Blue Moon Estate Sales
Blue Moon Estate Sales was originally founded in Raleigh North Carolina in 2009. With multiple locations serving every major city in North Carolina, our specialists are committed to consistently meeting our customer’s needs. Blue Moon provides residential, commercial, and moving liquidation services with your preferences and needs in mind. With our dedication to high standards and excellence of service, we ensure our clients are always satisfied. We help hundreds of families a year, let us help yours.
Phone: (844) 425-8387Visit Website
Estate Planning, Elder Law and Veterans Assistance:
Carolina Family Estate Planning
At Carolina Family Estate Planning, we understand that creating an estate plan is not the easiest topic to discuss. Perhaps the discussion started after a major life change, like a birth in the family or a loved one's move to a nursing home. Regardless of the reason, rest assured that our firm is dedicated to providing members of the communities of North Carolina with extensive resources to help you make the best decision for you and your family.
51 Kilmayne Dr., Suite 203
Cary, NC 27511
Glass Law Group, LLC
F. Stephen Glass
The Law Offices of Amy Whinery Osborne
Amy Whinery Osborne
Enrichment, Education, Health and Nutrition:
Every Story Media
We have a passion for telling stories, your story, every story. We are award-winning media, broadcasting, and corporate communications professionals, journalists and producers trained to make the interview process easy and comfortable, uncover the best stories, and present them in an engaging way. We have devoted our careers to helping people tell their stories. We understand and appreciate the importance of preserving family, business and other legacies. We’re fun to work with, love what we do, and always make sure you do too!Visit Website
Cary Senior Center
Cary Senior Center, located within Fred G. Bond Metro Park, provides opportunities for ages 55+ to Create Active Retirement Years! You will enjoy a variety of fitness classes, recreation activities, arts, information & referral, volunteer opportunities, clubs and many other events. The center is available for you to rent for your private event. It's within walking distance of Bond Park Community Center and your link to many greenways throughout the park and town.Visit Website