Every organization has a story. Like so many, Alliance Eldercare Advocates and Consultants has it’s beginnings in life experience and recognition of a need. After getting a business degree from Eastern University, founding and operating a business for 8 years, I attended seminary, went into hospice ministry in 2006 until 2016, when I left hospice to dedicate my efforts full time in building Alliance Eldercare Advocates and Consultants.
What I noticed, both from parish ministry and hospice, was that as people age, there are certain items when taken care of ahead of time which provide a lot of peace to the aging person and their family. When not dealt with ahead of time, these items create a lot of stress for those having to make immediate arrangements for care. Often people and their families are left with 24-48 hours to make decisions about where their loved ones will spend the rest of their lives and try to get the financial affairs in order for payment.
I know how difficult this can be, because it happened to my family; even while I worked in the industry. Mom saw it was time to begin looking for a place to live for the next stage of life. We found a wonderful Continuing Care Retirement Community, placed a deposit, and planned to sign the contract the next week. Well, when contemplating leaving the home she bought and lived in with my (previously deceased) father for the last 50 years, the emotional hurdle became an obstacle. After slight prompting from her son a few times, she explained she would let me know when she was ready, but I was “invited” to not ask again. Six months later she had a fall, was not able to return home or move to the CCRC. My siblings and I found ourselves speaking to a hospital discharge planner with 48 hours to find where mom would live her remaining years following a short stay in rehabilitation. So I know the difficulty of making the decision and the emotional hurdles which need to be overcome.
I realized my family’s situation is not unique. I receive calls every week with families in similar situations (and who we are happy to help). But ideally, we want to meet families several years before the decline begins and assist with planning for and educating about what lies ahead.
Our mission is to allow people to lives happier, more peaceful and more fulfilling lives by taking care of business before it’s needed. It is better to have the plan in place and not need it, than to need it and not have it arranged. In senior care planning time is your friend and time in this case allows people to save a lot of money as well.
Combining my love for business, love for people, and a mission to assist families, in late 2015 I built a team and formed Alliance Eldercare Advocates and Consultants, a 501(c)(3) non-profit to provide information to parents and their loved one’s which make the time of transition easier. You can read about our services and get a lot of valuable information on the other pages of this website. If you have a question, I’d be happy to speak with you; my phone number is 610-587-2814.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope to meet you in the future.