My Nona (grandmother) and I were always extremely close and there wasn't anything that I would not do for her. After a fire left her in a long-term care facility unable to care for herself, we began a four year journey together: her transition from ICU hospitalization to permanent placement in a long-term care facility. As a university student completing a degree in Gerontology (the study of aging) I understood the complexity of care required as a result of the onset of dementia. I escorted her to all of her appointments, acted as her liaison with medical staff and played an active role in annual care conferences. I also provided ongoing reports to family about her condition/issues. While on this personal and academic journey I became very familiar with the community resources available (social workers, administrators, therapists, mental health practitioners and others). I visited my Nona almost every day, kept her up to date on what was going on in the world, family news, and made sure I was there when she needed something or just someone to talk to. It was very difficult and heart wrenching at times. However, I cherished her good days - when she knew who I was. On her bad days, I was just happy that I could be there for her to do whatever I could. My Nona was my inspiration and I am proud to have been a resource and comfort to my family. It is my hope that I can help my clients and their families in the same way.
Here is an example of the services that I offer. I have a client who has had a stroke, and as a result has many difficulties that include aphasia and apraxia. Her confidence was at an all time low. I took the time to gain my client's trust and I've slowly introduced the following ways to enhance and enrich her life:
I was a shoulder to cry on and my client's very own cheering squad. I was there when my client felt she couldn't talk to anyone else about what she was feeling and going through.
I've met so many families who are balancing their own young families, careers and having to worry about their aging parents/grandparents on top of everything else in their life. There are so many ways CCS can assist you and your loved ones. I invite you to take advantage of the many services that we offer!