An Introduction to Peter
Complete Care Strategies focuses issues related to aging as well as younger people who are challenged by chronic conditions. It was several years ago that we first met Peter.
Living with Asperger’s Disorder
Peter is a man diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. When Peter was born 63 years ago, this diagnosis was not yet defined. Asperger’s Syndrome is part of a broad category called autism spectrum disorder that involves delays in development, particularly social development. Doctors consider this a “high-functioning” type of autism because these individuals have normal intelligence and usually normal language skills. But it is in the area of relating to others that this disorder expresses itself. The symptoms include: problems with social skills, eccentric or repetitive behaviors, rituals, communication difficulties, a limited range of interests, and coordination problems. Many children with this disorder exhibit exceptional talent and skill in a particular area.
A Team of Caregivers
Childhood was challenging for Peter. He was often misunderstood and misdiagnosed. So, when his sister Abby contacted Complete Care Strategies, she was anxious to seek some kind of help to make Peter’s life turn around. She knew that she could not go it alone. And, that’s when we created a team around Peter. Peter’s team consists of me, a nurse, a nutritionist, a chef, excellent health care practitioners and an amazing sister. There are also specialists who are called upon at various times for a specific purpose (more on that in Part 2). Our goal is to support Peter in living the life he deserves in the community.
As his “quarterback”, I have brought the people to him to provide the support and expertise he requires. It has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my career. I have watched all the contributors help Peter emerge as an individual with a life worth living. I am proud to be on Peter’s team!
About the Author
Beverly Bernstein Joie is the founder and president of Complete Care Strategies, a senior care management company serving Philadelphia and its surrounding communities. A Certified Aging Life Care Manager with more than 20 years of experience, Beverly has worked in senior care since 1994, both in assisted living communities and in private practice. She is a member of the Aging Life Care Association and was a former president of the Philadelphia Chapter.
Complete Care Strategies consists of care managers, specialized human service professionals, who advocate and direct the care of seniors and others facing ongoing health challenges. Working with families, its expertise provides the answers at a time of uncertainty. Along with its licensed home care division, it can help clients safely remain at home under the watchful eye of skilled professionals. Families are afforded an integrated model of care that, with guidance and advocacy, lead them to the actions and decisions that ensure quality care and an optimal life for those they love