Teams Working Together to Enrich Lives
by the Silverado Fort Worth and Dallas At Home teams
Marianne’s two children were in full agreement that their mother required a high level of care due to her memory impairment, but they did not agree on the type of care she should receive. When facing a loved one’s memory impairing condition or other illness, it is not uncommon for family members to have differences in opinion regarding care. Due to the relocation of Marianne’s long term live-in caregiver, her daughter Kelle believed her mother should reside in an assisted living setting. Marianne’s son Tracy, who lived locally, preferred that she age at home, due in part to a bad experience in a facility Marianne had previously resided in.
Which direction should they go?
After some discussion and research, the siblings decided that Silverado At Home would be their best option, so a live-in team was quickly assembled and care was initiated within two days. Soon, however, Marianne’s At Home personal attendants realized that she would benefit from a higher degree of specialized care and that being in a Silverado community would provide many additional benefits to her current quality of life.
Working closely with the Silverado community, the At Home personal attendants began to utilize the flex care program, allowing Marianne to spend time in the Fort Worth community during the day while still living at home. Silverado leadership encouraged Kelle and Tracy to stop by during one of their mother’s visits to see her engaging with others, laughing and thriving. Although Tracy still felt that his mother should reside in her home, he and Kelle decided that having Marianne live at the community for one week would be a good way to evaluate if she would benefit from full-time residence at Silverado.
Seven days later, the outcome of the short-term stay as described by Lara, Director of Health Services was, “I had a care plan meeting with the family; they have officially decided to move in Marianne. They are happy she is losing weight, blood sugars are “finally” normal, that she is receiving three healthy meals a day, the cleanliness of her room, her appearance (“mom used to never wear make-up”) and the BEST is they feel safe and comfortable knowing she is at Silverado! They don’t worry anymore! The relationship built with this family by the At Home team and our team has given all of us the honor of providing Marianne with the best quality of life!”
Marianne has now been living in the Fort Worth community for over five weeks, and everyone involved in this story agrees on one thing…this is a best-case scenario for Marianne. Thank you to all of the wonderful Silverado associates involved in enhancing Ms. Marianne’s quality of life and a special thank you to Kelle and Tracy for entrusting Silverado with the care of their mother. We are so happy to be a part of your family!