Stacy Carter, Executive Director of Waltonwood Providence, Jamie Jollie, Executive Director of Elmcroft on Little Avenue, and Christine Szalony, a past ED and memory care consultant, all joined me in studio for this program. Here’s your chance to learn what to look and listen for when you visit senior living communities in search of just the right environment for your loved one. And, when is in-home care enough? When is it time to look for a residential care community? What does it cost for care in an independent living, assisted living, and memory care community?
They covered a wide swath of issues surrounding selecting communities, and the importance of being proactive rather than reactive when it comes to finding an appropriate community for Mom or Dad. “Emergency admits” to assisted and memory care communities are the last resort, and the least effective in matching resident to services provided.
The communication between family and caregivers is vitally important,and you will hear that emphasized in this most valuable and informative program. Addtionally, if you want to be an Executive Director, this program will give you an idea as to the process and the commitment involved. The number one challenge for administrators appears to be staffing; finding the best staff to work in what can be a most demanding occupation.
Listening to these three individuals is both enlightening and insightful. You will learn some great tips to assist you with your desire to successfully age, and better prepare you in your efforts to find the right place for your loved one to reside when the need arises.
Thanks for listening, and for being part of my journey.
Deacon George Szalony, the Director of Chaplaincy at Charlotte – Douglas International Airport was my guest co-host for the show today. George is a Roman Catholic Deacon, and a very caring individual who is one of 18 chaplains at the airport providing words of comfort to travelers in need. Christine, George’s spouse and a good friend of mine, is involved in the senior care industry in and around Charlotte. Christine’s specialty is in the field of dementia, and specifically Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia.
I also talk about a wonderfully relaxing day trip that my lady and I took last week. We ended up in Bishopville, SC, dined at Watsford’s B-B-Q, and spent a couple of hours in wonder at the Earl Fryar Topiary Garden. Earl Fryar was at work in the garden, and at 73, looks to be in great shape still. Earl was kind enough to spend some time sharing his life’s philosophy with a small group of visitors, and his passion for his work is evident in the beauty he has created and his inspiring words. And he’s a perfect example of my mission with Radio 4 the Ages, encouraging all of our senior adults to stay informed, involved, active and listened to.
We closed up the show with a piece that Heather Hammond recorded at Brighton Gardens in Charlotte. They had a fundraising event for Ronald McDonald House in Charlotte. Heather was on site earlier in the week to interview Nick Odle of Brighton Gardens and Mona Johnson-Gibson, the Executive Director of Ronald McDonald House.