Yesterday, I had the opportunity to attend the open house for a new Bed and Board Home here in Cloverdale. They have done wonderful job creating a warm, homey and safe living facility.
The young lady whose family owns the facility explained to me that her grandmother resides in a similar facility in the Sacramento Area. Although clean and safe, she feels a lack of warmth and consistent commitment to client care. Hence the business venture that she hope will provide a warm family-like environment for grandma and 5 others.
Many people I've met who have chosen a career in senior services have a similar story. Someone they love was somehow slighted or even endangered by people entrusted to care for them.
My Grandma Myra spent the last 9 years of her life in a skilled nursing facility that was at times quite good but went through periods when the care was not good, when they chose to medicate her rather than truly deal with her.
If nothing else, we owe our loved ones our commitment to always act in the role of advocate. To speak up every time a situation or action falls short of how we would act ourselves.
In the role of trustee or power of attorney, the standard does not change. In fact it is higher, we are expected to bring together the resources and expertise to ensure that our clients live with the highest possible level of freedom, safety and dignity.
Would you want any less fo
Don the Trustee
When my mother passed very suddenly some 16 years ago, I worked as a trustee for the first time. Her trust contained walnut orchards, peach orchards and a small vineyard. One of the properties was within the sphere of influence of the adjacent city and I dove in with the neighbors and started working on annexation. Loved this work back then and still find it very satisfying today.