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Times are changing...our society is beginning to respond to the needs of the older adult or geriatric population by acknowledging the need for advocacy and caregiver support. At Montgomery Care we are going to help assist with both using today’s technology, we can Skype or meet the old fashioned way; either you can come to the office, or we can arrange to meet with you at home.

Montgomery Care acknowledges that individuals and families require an emotional space for learning and coping with a new diagnosis, adjusting to medical issues relating to aging, gaining information on a particular topic or just having someone to talk to.

Areas of life that we can discuss

• Managing Life Transitions...due to aging
• Advocacy
• Good Grief
• Loss
• Aging Parents
• Resources

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Managing Life Transitions

Life transitions can be complicated for the person directly affected but also for their family and friends. This next chapter of life may be overwhelming and confusing as to where to start; it can begin with a discussion and a plan for a possible move, extra care, and safety issues. Potentially there are many concerns that might require discussion and then communication to others, informing them of the strategies that are in place for a specific life transition. A move could include downsizing, extra care could mean home care and safety could also include any number of resources that are available in the community. There are also documents that may need to be completed to express your wishes as you continue to grow older. Montgomery Care can help.

Advocacy

The role of an advocate is someone to be on your side. Families that have a loved one in residential care may require an advocate to either accompany them to an annual conference meeting or represent them at a meeting if you live far away.

It is important to have a discussion with family and friends in order to have a clear understanding of symptoms and disease process of the person you love, in order to better plan for eventual decisions that may be hard to make on your own. Having a discussion before it is needed will help alleviate potential stress.

Good Grief

“There are things that we don't want to happen but have to accept, things we don't want to know but have to learn, and people we can't live without but have to let go.  ~ Author Unknown

Loss of ability can mean both physical and or cognitive loss. The loss is immeasurable in terms of the deep despair that a person feels. This despair is shared by the person directly and their family and friends. Loss is an area of life that we do not often talk about and often manifests itself in other ways; anger, frustration, sadness and then back to despair.

I met a woman long ago that had a stroke and her ability for speech was limited audibly in the most unfathomable manner. I will say that it took an hour and a half of time to listen to what she had to say, and in essence this is what she said:

“Gloria, I have experienced the ultimate betrayal...my body has betrayed me”

Her loss of physical ability and her profound choice of words continue to resonate in me when speaking of loss.

Aging Parents

A new diagnosis can turn the world of someone you know upside down. These recent circumstances are difficult to witness involving important people in your life. Role reversal is huge, for some families the chid albeit a grown child becomes the decision maker and the parent becomes the person that requires the help. The role reversal becomes challenging for the children ‘am I doing the right thing’, and also challenging for the parent to release day to day decision making to someone else.

Resources

At Montgomery Care we offer a wide variety of information and resources pertaining to the care, support and safety of seniors.

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