I am sitting here trying to think how to say “thank you” to a lady (Lynn Linnane of Atlanta Senior Advocates) who did everything she could to guide us thru placement for a scary, sad, and horrible disease (Frontal Temporal Dementia) for my 55 year old son.
My son was diagnosed October 2014. He had lost a job that he had for almost 20 years (dispatcher for a cement company who built places like the Aquarium, Paulding County WellStar hospital, etc.) and lost another similar job within the 90 days. No one really knew what was going on with him. We just knew he wasn’t himself. Probably had this coming on for 1-1/2 years prior to diagnosis. His wife of over 26 years was trying to work, care for him, her home, finances, etc. She began to feel the stress of all this and was headed for a nervous breakdown. She tried placing him in a home and he broke out twice within four hours. She told us (his family) she could not deal with all of these issues anymore and unfortunately my son was taken to a hospital. So his brother and wife and I (mother) jumped in (over our head I might add) to try to take care of him.
I sought help through Kaiser Permanente. His Psychiatrist doctor said he had to be placed in a Psy Facility for 72 hours to reevaluate his meds and his doctor also referred me a Kaiser Social Worker Barbara. The Social Worker referred me to Lynn Linnane of Atlanta Senior Advocates. Well, in approximately two months my son experienced 5 hospital visits for med reevaluation, a couple weeks living with me (his MoM) and 3 Memory Care placements. In this process she talked to me via phone or text almost everyday with very positive words of encouragement. She found transportation and care givers to help in this process. Lynn never gave up! When one plan didn’t work she was already looking for the next plan. Finally this wonderful lady found the right placement for my son. Some wonderful people who actually care about people with this horrible disease ~ Dementia.
You say and “yes” I said also "what is a Senior Advocate??" . This is my Senior Advocate, Lynn Linnane of Atlanta Senior Advocates
Somehow Melissa Benton came into my life exactly when I needed her in April, 2014 and she changed everything for my family. My husband was diagnosed with dementia two years ago when he was just 46 years old. Neither of us was the least bit prepared to deal with the ramifications of that. As I struggled to figure out how to care for my husband and our three children and continue to support the family, Melissa came recommended to me to call.
She was a wealth of knowledge about what our options and choices were. She was my sounding board and cheerleader so many times. She guided us to a wonderful community where my husband is being cared for and loved. I could not have navigated the complicated world of communities and personal care homes and available support for people with dementia without Melissa’s guidance. She works tirelessly to help those in need and she cares deeply for each and every family she serves. I owe her a debt I can never repay. Thank you, Melissa.
Wanted to take a moment to thank Atlanta Senior Advocates, and especially Lynn Linnane. A couple of months ago I was faced with a very difficult situation. I was needing to move my 90 year old mom, who has Alzheimer’s and dementia, out of one Senior Care Center to another. My main concern at the time was that I had no idea where I was going to move her to. I only know she needed to leave where she was. I cannot tell you what a blessing it was to be referred to Lynn Linnane with Atlanta Senior Advocates. With Lynn’s help, I was able to find a new facility in literally one day. Lynn was completely professional, caring and understood my circumstances and the necessity to move quickly. Although there was not much time to research on my end, Lynn helped pick a great place for my mom. I know this is not something I would have been able to do without Lynn’s help.
Again, words cannot express how grateful I am to know that there are still wonderful people in the world, willing to help on a moments notice. Thanks again to Lynn and Atlanta Senior Advocates.
If you are in need of finding senior housing in the Atlanta area for yourself or for a loved one, then I highly recommend enlisting the services of Atlanta Senior Advocates. I was planning to move my mother who has dementia from Texas to the Atlanta area and did not know where to start in trying to locate an assisted living community that would best fit her unique needs.
I contacted Lynn Linnane with Atlanta Senior Advocates for help. Through a thorough interview, she gained specific information about mother’s needs and interests. Then by using her extensive knowledge of senior housing options in the area paired with the information she had gathered about my mother, Lynn selected a few assisted living communities for me to tour that had the potential to be a good match. Lynn accompanied me on each of these tours. She not only guided me in asking the right questions, but also asked many questions herself to determine which community would be the best fit for my mother.
Once the tours were completed, Lynn spent time with me processing all of the information I had gained and guided me in selecting the assisted living community where my mother now resides. Working with Lynn was a delight. She is a wonderful compassionate listener and a highly experienced advocate for seniors and their families. Searching for an affordable assisted living community for my mother where she would also enjoy living at first seemed like a daunting task. But with the help of Lynn at Atlanta Senior Advocates, I found just the right place for my mother in a timely manner, and she is very happy with where she now lives.
I want to say what a pleasure it was to meet you. You are so warm and wonderful and I know we’ll going to find a perfect fit for my Mom. I’m so impressed with your demeanor and thoughtfulness. We connected so well. Thank you for helping me on this journey. I feel I can express any concern or thought to you. With a big smile on my face, Thank you again for helping me. I look forward to the next meeting!
I just want to thank two very special people Kandie Pruitt-Romano and Natasha Berk who i believe are angels that God answered my prayer and sent to help me thru a very difficult time for my family. Thank you is not enough, but I pray that God blesses you both ten-fold for going above and beyond for what you did and all the support. Love u both!
Thank you so much for taking the time to listen to my story so you could find several alternate solutions for our particular situation with my mom, moving from inpatient Hospice to Assisted Living on extremely short notice. You helped me define my mother's needs and helped to educate me on differences in care levels so that I could approach the search confidently. Natasha, I will be referring you, and Atlanta Senior Advocates, to all my friends so they also can experience your personal and loving attention in their time of need.
My father was newly diagnosed with Alzheimer's last summer. Soon after we started to notice, not a great decline, but that he needed more help on a daily basis. He lived alone, and was spending more and more time just sleeping in his recliner. He was forgetting to take his medicine, when he bathed, leaving the stove on, and sometimes he'd forget to eat or drink. He had no desire to get out to do the things he once enjoyed. It was difficult for me to be at the house everyday since I have 2 young and active boys. We hired some help to come in the days I could not, but they were limited in how they could help him. A social worker at his geriatrics doctor recommended we contact Atlanta Senior Advocates to see what options were available for him. That's when I met Lynn.
From our first, conversation I knew my father was in good hands. She made sure to get to know my dad and what we were looking for as far as care short and long term. She immediately lined up some tours and soon we had it narrowed down to a couple of places for him to visit. My dad did not move immediately. I was having a hard time making that final commitment as well as having a hand in helping my dad close a chapter of his life. Lynn was patient with me. She listened to my concerns, allowed me time to digest all the information you are bombarded with during this time, and then nudged me when necessary. I finally was able to accept the fact that I could no longer help him like I had been for so long. He moved into a memory care facility and was happy with his new home. I received several follow up calls from Atlanta Senior Advocates making sure the move went smoothly and that my dad was doing well. After a few months, the residents at the memory facility seemed to decline cognitively faster than my dad and the residents moving in were not as high functioning. We found him in a similar position as he was when at home.
He was spending a lot of time in his room sleeping and not interacting. He let me know that he couldn't communicate or meaningfully interact with the residents and he was ready for a new place. So once again, I called Lynn. By that afternoon, I had a list of places to consider as well as three tours set up. After touring and visiting with my father, we are ready to move him into what we feel is a better fit for him. With Lynn’s help, it is a place that fits out budget as well as somewhere he could age in place. It is a daunting task to find the best care for your aging loved one. There is so much out there it is difficult to know where to start. Atlanta Senior Advocates took so much pressure off my shoulders. They know their business inside and out, and truly care about helping to place loved ones that need more professional care. My family and I are so thankful for the help we received from Lynn and Atlanta Senior Advocates. And we know they are there for us should we need their help again. Honestly, I'm not sure how we would have done all this without their help.