When my mom first got diagnosed with Alzheimer’s I was living four hours away from home. I am an only child. My father, who himself isn’t young, became her primary caretaker. When things first started we just had so many questions and it was a nightmare trying to find the right answers. We didn’t know what we didn’t know.
As Mom’s dementia began to worsen, she increasingly didn’t recognize where she was or even her own family. She would become angry and aggressive. We were at our wit’s end but we still wanted to keep her at home if we could. That’s when we started working with the Lizzy Care team. Sarah from Lizzy Care was just incredible at helping me to find a whole team to provide dedicated care to my mom. Sarah made sure that my dad was able to step back and look after his own health. She helped us make sure that there was always an experienced and caring person to take care of Mom. She helped us implement a strategy where the team providing care always linked up with a nurse and doctor who in turn made sure that the most up-to-date clinical research on dementia care was seamlessly integrated into my Mom’s care.
Sarah didn’t just help us find medical care either, it was everything: dentistry, swallow therapy, medical diet, transportation, physical therapy, nail clipping. Literally everything I could think of and also a lot of things I hadn’t thought about! Lizzy Care just has a comprehensive network of people that always show up at the house, understand my mom’s constraints and engage her with compassion and humor.
The Lizzy Care platform is just wonderful at making sure everyone who is involved is on the same page about how care will be handled for my mom. It gives me incredible peace of mind knowing that I have access to real time information on her care at any time.
It’s been eight years since my mom’s diagnosis. A few weeks ago we celebrated her 72nd birthday, she leaned over to me as we were blowing out the candles together and with a big smile said: “I’m just so happy”. She looks and acts younger, and is healthier than she was three years ago — before Sarah at Lizzy Care started coordinating her care. Importantly I’m able to work a full time job, spend time with my husband and family and I never have to worry about my mom’s well-being or feel guilty that I can’t be there all the time. When I visit her, we focus on joy: cuddling, holding hands and listening to music together. Thank you, Lizzy Care, for allowing us such precious time together.
In order to be a good caregiver you need to have a big heart, to have compassion and you need to love people.
The Lizzy Care team are very special. We feel so supported and we share the same values in caring for loved ones.
We love using the app which keeps us coordinated. It makes it easy to work closely as a team, communicating and sharing information. It’s immediate and helps us make sure there’s continuity in our care.
Dad is aging at home with me. He’s wheelchair bound and needs help with many of his activities of daily living like bathing, personal hygiene and getting dressed. I have been his primary caregiver for the past few years.
There is no doubt that having Dad age at home with me is the only option. It makes him happy and me as well. However, with Dad’s growing needs and limitations I was spending more and more time focused on his caregiving needs and I became housebound, afraid to leave him alone for long periods.
I got in touch with Seray through Lizzy Care and now she comes by three days a week. Seray spends a few hours with Dad and helps with the cooking and cleaning. Having Seray means that I can do my own stuff and I’ve got a bit of my life back. Lizzy Care is amazing it allows me to match and manage the schedule with Seray. She is exactly what we needed, a reliable, strong and trustworthy caregiver. Dad is a lot happier and I am a lot happier too!
My father has been living in a nursing home for the past four years. From what we’ve seen, senior care facilities, even the high-end ones, are scarce environments. Staffing and nursing care are really under-resourced.
Between my brother and I having a lot of commitments with work and family and us both living far away it’s been really tough managing the care for Dad. We were both getting burned out.
We now use a Lizzy Care companion to be our eyes and ears and be on the ground to advocate for Dad’s care. It’s been a huge relief to give Dad some regular dedicated engagement, get reliable updates on his care on the Lizzy Care app and keep the nursing home on their toes. I think even the nursing home staff are relieved and happy that the Companion comes in every week to help out.
Engaging a Lizzy Care companion is such a sustainable solution. We trust them. We have our lives back. We feel good that our father has this great support. It’s like having extra family members.