Find Memory Care Center in 3 Days

August 25, 2014
In 2011, an anguished daughter came to the Concierge Care Advisors in desperate need. Her father needed to find a memory care center in 3 days! The amount of stress and panic she was going through was palpable… luckily, we’ve done this hundreds of times before. The first thing she did was tell us her story. Her father was 76 years old and had not even entertained the idea of receiving in home care, let alone living in an elder care home. The problem however, was that her father needed care, he just didn’t know it yet. He was experiencing some of the telltale signs of memory loss, forgetting... Read more >>

CCA Podcast 01: Kiro Radio Interview

August 20, 2014 Click the link above to play or download the podcast! Or read below for the transcript. Introduction and Background PETE: Hi this is Pete from Home Matters, KIRO Radio 97.3 FM. We’re coming back full circle about this, “Hey, mom and dad’s getting older,” and a lot of you have parents that are getting up in years – a lot of baby boomer listeners. With that, I wanted to return and talk about that again. We have a new guest, on the air here, her name is Mary Cordova and she’s with Concierge Care Advisors. Mary it’s great... Read more >>

Find a Memory Care Center in Seattle

August 15, 2014
Back in 2011, the Concierge Care Advisors helped a senior, Mike (Michael), find a memory care center in Seattle. Mike wanted a center that specialized in dementia care, offered intensive senior supervision, and – like most families – Mike wanted a memory care center in Seattle that was affordable . After taking all of Mike’s needs into consideration, we began our search for a suitable senior care community. We traveled to several elder care communities within Seattle and two of them met Mike’s care requirements, but one was better for budgetary reasons. Be that as it may, our advisors shared... Read more >>

Woman Finds Adult Family Home in Kirkland, Washington

August 13, 2014
Every family comes to us with a different situation and different needs. Not long ago, the Concierge Care Advisors were contracted by a woman to help find her mother an adult family home in Kirkland. The woman’s mother had been retired for quite some time and fortunately was not in crisis-mode. In other words, she did not need placement immediately, but we were contacted because she wanted to make sure that, when the time came to move that she would be taken care of. She had several concerns and simply didn’t have enough time to seek out all the adult family homes in Kirkland herself. First... Read more >>

RIP Robin Williams: To Die Would be a Grand Adventure

August 11, 2014
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By: Derek Hobson “ To die would be a grand adventure ,” says Peter Banning (Pan) to Hook after rediscovering who he is and why he chose to grow up – to be a father. I may be a late bloomer when it comes to Robin Williams, but I will always know him as Peter Banning aka Pan in Steven Spielberg’s 1991 classic, Hook . The boy who never wanted to grow up, grew up into a pirate. Only upon returning to Neverland does he rediscover who he is… While Neverland may be depicted in Disney properties as a place you can come and go from, J.M. Barrie always intended for it to represent death ( as I’ve said... Read more >>

Helping an Elder Find Senior Housing

August 8, 2014
Frequently, families come to us because they need help with tough decisions – and it doesn’t hurt that we offer free placement services . However, this story in particular revolves around a couple looking for separate senior housing. After fifty years of marriage, a couple came to our agency looking to find senior housing, but in separate communities. The husband was completely independent, but the wife had mild dementia and several other medical issues. The husband was admirable and had done what many spouses in his situation do, he took on the burden of being the primary caregiver for his... Read more >>

When is In-Home Care the Right Option?

August 6, 2014
This is a question that comes up frequently and even though we are a senior care referral agency – as in, a company that refers elders to senior care communities – our priority is seniors first. In other words, if you have a question, don’t be afraid to ask . When is In-Home Care the Right Option Foremost, if you can afford it, in home care is always the right option! You can ask us, your friends, or colleagues, but even people who don’t know a thing or two about senior care would have to agree. If your parent can stay at home, let them! Moving is stressful regardless of what age you are, so... Read more >>

Seattle Summers: Elder Health in the Heat

August 4, 2014
While most of us are reveling in the fantastic summer here in the Northwest, I have heard concerns about the effect of the unusually warm weather on seniors from several of our Senior Advisors in the field this month; many seniors are suffering severe health issues as a consequence of the heat. According to AARP, it’s a very real problem. Elder Health in the Heat The American Association of Retired Persons have affirmed that “more Americans die each year from heat than natural disasters.” This means the heat – which we usually relish in wet weather – causes more death than earthquakes, floods... Read more >>

Mary’s Corner: Senior Care Referral Agency Scams (Part 3)

August 1, 2014
By: Mary Cordova Major Problem 5: Subsidized Seniors This is a monumental senior housing problem and it’s why the Concierge Care Advisors have dedicated an entire volunteer program ( The Concierge Samaritans ) to giving back. As each installment in this series has suggested and as Steve Moran posits in his article, most senior care referral agencies don’t help elderly persons on Medicaid or on low-income. Now, just because a senior care referral agency doesn’t help those elders, doesn’t make them inherently bad because you need to know the reasoning behind it. All senior care referral agents... Read more >>

Mary’s Corner: Senior Care Referral Agency Scams (Part 2)

July 31, 2014
By: Mary Cordova Major Problem 3: Referral List Some senior care referral agencies have a select list of facilities that they network with. Technically, this is true with the Concierge Care Advisors, but there’s a different reasoning behind than personal problems or financial gain. While we serve California, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, the majority of the senior care advisors are based in the Pacific North West. I only mention this because we are familiar with a LOT of senior housing communities. Brian Prouty recounts in his blog , “King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties host 246 different... Read more >>