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Aging Care SolutionsKay Paggi
Kay Paggi

GOALS OF GERIATRIC CARE MANAGEMENT

    As a Professional Geriatric Care Manager, I have extensive knowledge about the costs, quality and availability of aging services. I hold a Master's Degree in Counseling and every year I attend several seminars in various topics related to Eldercare. I am an Advanced Professional member of the Aging Life Care Association, having joined the original association National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers in 1994. I have been in private practice since 1996. (For more information, see my Resume)

    I have been working professionally with aging adults and their adult children since 1989. I know the eldercare system, especially as it is in Dallas and the DFW area. Providing care for your parents is unpredictable, there are few people to turn to for advice, and the medical system is poorly organized. Let me help you help your care receiver.

    My goal as a care manager is to maximize the elder's independence and quality of life, no matter what the setting, and increase the quality of life for the caregivers at the same time. The average time spent providing care for aging parents in the U.S. now is 18 years. Caregivers need guidance in this new, uncharted territory, they need permission to take care of themselves first, and as a Professional ElderCare Consultant, I can provide that.

    Depending on the situation, I often become more a surrogate family member than an outside professional.  You, the caregiver, have a limited amount of time and energy.  You may spend it running errands, going to physicians, arranging care, cooking and cleaning, etc.  Or, you can choose to spend quality time with your parent and allow someone else to do the routine tasks.  Only you can provide the love.


 
"Kay did an excellent job of evaluating and summarizing Moms needs.  She was especially helpful in locating an appropriate place for Mom.  Within 2 days we were able to get a terrific place.  We would have spent weeks doing that and probably not found as good a place." -Wayne
  


 

 

     
     

 

 

Contact Kay

Kay Paggi, Eldercare Consultant, www.kaypaggi.com

www.AgingCareSolutions.com

Advanced Professional Member Of The Aging Life Care Association

Care Manager, Certified (CMC)

National Certified Geriatric Counselor (NCGC)
ElderCare Mediator
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

Phone: 972-839-0065
E-Mail: Kay@kaypaggi.Com
Fax: 469-619-9561


 

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I Want to go Home

    I hear this frequently from my clients who are hospitalized or in a long term care community. I was surprised to hear it from my adult daughter while she was in the hospital following spine surgery.

    My daughter is in her 30’s and engaged; she lives in an apartment by herself. She recently had surgery to repair herniated discs in her thoracic spine.  Her surgeon told her she would stay in ICU for 2 or 3 days, then move to the surgical recovery floor for another 3-5 days. On the 4th morning, the surgeon told her she was ready to be discharged home. She was delighted! Her support system (me, her father, and her fiancé) were horrified! 

    We had neglected to get a shower chair or bath bench, a shower hose, and a reacher or grabber before the surgery.  There is not enough space for a portable toilet in her bedroom. She refused to consider having someone stay with her in her apartment. She wanted to go home, sit in her favorite chair, and pet her cat.


Read the full article in my Aug Newsletter...

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