Senior Alternatives

Care Management and Home Care Services
Art Essential for Life – A story about the power of combining caregiving and care management.

August 18, 2023

Combining caregivers and care management can supercharge the efficacy and success of elder care. This fusion creates a holistic approach that addresses not only the physical needs but also the emotional, psychological, and even social needs of the elderly. Caregivers offer hands-on assistance with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, and meal preparation. They are often the frontline warriors who spend the most time with seniors, providing companionship, emotional support, and immediate assistance.

On the other hand, care managers play a crucial role in overseeing and coordinating the entire care process. They assess the individual’s needs, develop and implement a personalized care plan, and monitor its effectiveness. They also act as a bridge between caregivers, medical professionals, and families, facilitating communication and ensuring that everyone stays updated about the senior’s health condition and care plan. This integrated approach not only enhances the quality of care but also provides peace of mind to families, knowing that their loved one’s well-being is being addressed comprehensively. By combining caregivers with care management, we can ensure a successful outcome that respects the dignity, autonomy, and individual preferences of our senior members.

So often our Senior Alternative care management clients suffer a set back, such as a heart attack, stroke, or fractures that require caregiving during the recovery period. This is exactly what happened to our client Carol.  Carol is a 79-year-old woman residing by herself in a beautiful apartment overlooking Lake Merritt. She is a widow and has no children. She retired after 30 years from a technical position with the State of California. But her true passion was art. As an undergraduate at SF State University, she was an art student under Wayne Thiebaud.  And was even asked to help paint the backdrops at ACT and other theatrical productions.

Over the years, Carol has had a myriad of health problems, diabetes, cardiac disease, and severe arthritis – we have been there to offer support every step of the way. She is an independent thinker who relies on an electric wheelchair and has a vital and active lifestyle in the community. One afternoon, Carol was hit on the sidewalk by a car exiting a driveway. Her wheelchair tipped over. Luckily, Carol was wearing a Lifeline bracelet and the Lifeline Center knew exactly where Carol was located and detected the fall. They called 911 instantly. Carol suffered a broken shoulder. She was hospitalized and had a short stint in a rehabilitation center. Senior Alternatives dispatched caregivers so that she could continue living at home safely. Prior to the accident, Carol would independently wheel down to Lake Merritt and paint beautiful landscapes. With the help of her caregivers Carol saw that it was possible to continue with what she loved. The caregivers brought her easel, canvas, paints, palette, and other supplies to the shoreline, Carol believed that continuing her art was the best therapy. I’m happy to report that Carol’s shoulder has since healed.

Throughout her months of healing, Carol felt that she produced her best works of art. The companionship and support of her care management team gave her the impetus to paint through the pain.



To schedule a free 45 minute consultation about this and other related topics, reach out to us @ 888.451.4290 – We are here to help elders navigate through the process of managing care.

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