- Case History
Advocacy & Support
Organization & Tracking
Frances was a 93 year-old widow living alone at home when we first
met through the local church. She has no living relatives, but had
managed to develop a network of neighbors who support her home independence.
Even with this aid, however, Frances had begun to outlast her support.
Over time, her required medications were causing much confusion,
and over a 6-month period, Frances had over four 911 calls when
she was either over or under medicated. Her Power-of-Attorney enlisted
the help of Brennan Care Services (BCS) during this period, and
when her doctor finally refused to release her alone, BSC was fully
prepared to make the move into an assisted living facility.
Facility Advocacy-Hospital Care &
Rehabilitation - Household Management
It has been almost four years since Frances moved from her home
to an assisted living facility and then had another subsequent transition
to an Adult Foster Care facility. During that time, BCS has acted
on her behalf in a multitude of capacities.
has had a minimum of three life-threatening illnesses since BCS
took over her case acting as the local contact for her Power-of
-Attorney. She has amazing resilience and has bounced back from
all three! However, BCS was at her side during each step of her
multiple journeys from the assisted living facility to the emergency
room to the hospital to the skilled nursing facility through rehabilitation
and settling back again into her living facilities. Each time BCS
has acted as her medical advocate, care coordinator, and compassionate
her medications and her nutrition have become constant, Frances'
health and mental outlook has improved significantly. BCS visits
and monitors her assisted living facility care on a regular basis
two to three times a week. In addition, BCS has arranged for Frances'
transport to her vacant and cherished home for frequent visits to
reminisce and pick out favored articles of clothing or other treasured
items and sometimes just to visit and enjoy the view.
is the sole local manager for all of Frances' wants and needs. She
is still very alert and independent-minded, knows what she wants
and is not hesitant to ask for it. BCS has acted as her main facility
contact and advocate for multiple quarterly facility service plan
meetings. Many alterations have been made to her living quarters
and services because of BCS' advocacy on her behalf.
BCS, and the all required staff have become a well-matched team
over the last four years of care. Whether it is to coordinate her
transport to the doctor's offices, replace appliances, sell an old
vehicle, or look after all of the interior and exterior household
maintenance (painting, roof work, interior cleaning) for her vacant
home, BCS manages most of the aspects of Frances daily living requirements
under her direction with the full approval of her out-of-state power-of-attorney.