There are many things that we do to support Peter in his life in the community. Some are the tangibles of health care, good nutrition, and psychological support. Yet, over the years it has occurred to both me and his sister Abby that Peter’s home environment begged to be improved.
For most people, this task seems to be simple. For an individual with Asperger’s Syndrome, it is another matter. Peter’s enviornment is his sacred space and tampering with it in anyway could spell disaster. But, on the other hand, Peter deserves a clean, functional home that is safe and satisfying. What were we to do?
Senior Move Management
The National Association of Senior Move Managers is a professional organization of those who provide assistance to people over age 55. These businesses help with downsizing, relocating or modifying homes. This organization promotes the education and a standard of practice for those working within the senior community as Senior Move Managers.
When we called Jennie Zehmer of Here to Home, she appeared on the scene to assess the situation. We knew immediately that we had found the perfect person for the job. With her skill, insight, and compassion, Jennie created a proposal that reflected her profound understanding of Peter and what would work for him. Peter was consulted on every step of his home project — it was a true Extreme Home Makeover.
Home Is Where the Heart Is
Now Peter’s home reflects his unique personality with order and precision. Caring for our loved ones is not always easy, but creating order in the home environment is one step closer to better senior care. Do you know someone who would benefit from a home environmental miracle?
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