Dianne D.’s 90-year-old father, Enrique was living with family members when he and they decided it would be better for him to be in an assisted living community. Dianne turned to the Internet to research senior living options in the Los Angeles, CA area, and found her way to Caring.com where she asked for more information about local communities, and how to pay for assisted living.

Enrique doesn’t have any pets, he likes to play cards and watch TV, he doesn’t have a need for memory care and he isn’t a diabetic. But he does use a walker and needs help with activities of daily living (ADLs), including bathing, as well as transportation. Dianne wondered which communities had accommodations and amenities best matched to him and their budget.

Dianne wanted to tour possible senior living communities within two weeks of her call to Caring, and through our referral network, we were able to immediately accommodate her in setting up a tour at a community that seemed matched to her father’s needs and preferences, and the family’s budget as well. That initial call of 22 minutes talking to a Caring.com family advisor was well spent time and effort, as Dianne and Enrique have now found a new assisted living home where he can be comfortable and happy.

“Thank you so much…you make life so much easier at such a difficult time,” she recently said to our staff.

Earlier this month, we took our support of this family caregiver even further by picking up the tab for one month’s rent at the assisted living community Enrique moved into. Dianne had entered our monthly move-in drawing (held among those using our senior housing referral services), and she was randomly selected as the recipient for October 2017’s drawing.

Show your support: give a like for Dianne and her father on our Facebook page (or for Twitter users: perhaps a retweet from our feed). Thanks!

Denise Graab

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