Real Stories: Helping a mother with depression & an elderly father get back on his feet

Today’s post features two real-life stories of how Encompass Senior Solutions helped an elderly person and their family through a tough decision-making process that ensured each person’s individual care needs were met. Names have been changed to respect privacy.

Cindy and Marylyn

When Cindy’s mother Marylyn suddenly lost her husband, she moved back from the West Coast to be closer to Cindy and the rest of her family. Although Marylyn wanted to be independent, she refused to take assistance in many areas she needed help with, such as transportation, meals, medication management, etc. At a loss on how to work with her mother’s increasing depression and opposing thoughts about the future, Cindy and the rest of the family contacted Encompass for help.

Encompass’ staff worked to get Marylyn on antidepressants as well as put her in touch with a therapist regarding grief issues. Once her situation was stabilized, Marylyn was able to make the decision to move back to her hometown and into senior independent living with medication management and transportation provided. Cindy and the rest of the family were relieved that Marylyn was safe and taken care of.

Jack

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One day, Jack, a 93-year-old living with his daughter and son-in-law, fell in the garage and broke his shoulder and several teeth. He was rushed to the ER but wasn’t admitted. Instead, Jack was sent home to a split level house where he was unable to go up and down the stairs or use a walker properly (he even had trouble fitting the walker through the bathroom door). Jack’s family worked and were unable to care for him during the day, so they contacted Encompass for help.

Encompass negotiated with a local rehabilitation facility to provide the necessary services to get Jack back fully on his feet through Medicare B, paying privately for room and board. Jack stayed there for 20 days and then returned home to his regular routine — safe.

Read more Real Stories from Encompass here.

Encompass Senior Solutions currently serving Omaha, Eastern Nebraska and Western Iowa provides seniors and their families a complete understanding of the available care options and helps families maneuver through the challenges of the system. All Encompass services are directed by registered nurses or licensed clinical social workers with no long-term contracts. Contact us today for help with your senior care needs.

“Encompass Senior Solutions solves the problems families face in finding home health care providers they can trust. Providers who will focus on strategies that keep parents in their homes. To learn more about our health care services, visit http://www.encompass-home-health-care.com.”