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Maureen Davis – Executive Director, The Lodge at Old Trail
Client’s Daughter, Charlottesville VA
Community Partner, Charlottesville
"Our 96 year old mother died this past February. The last six years of her life were especially difficult for her as for her four children as we tried to support and advocate for her. Elizabeth’s help and guidance was vital to us as we tried to keep our mother safe while still maintaining her sense of independence and adventure. Elizabeth supported our mother but she also supported us as we went through a difficult process, a trying phase of life.
Our mother tended to vastly overestimate her physical and mental abilities. Planning anything involved a lot of behind the scenes shoring up to avoid disaster - Elizabeth patiently helped us figure out what Mum’s options were and what would support might need to be laid on. As we adult children were doing all this for the first time, Elizabeth’s experience, attention to detail and ability to anticipate situations became indispensable to us as we tried to keep our mother’s life full but safe. Elizabeth understands the elderly and the institutions and the people that serve them.
Mum had two health insurers, six doctors, long term care insurance, moved states changing facilities and made several arguably over ambitious trips. Elizabeth dealt with the Byzantine world of insurance, contracts and agencies for us as well as being a travel agent to Mum and her intrepid new boyfriend. Organizing trips for nonagenarians, one of whom was wheelchair bound, doubly incontinent and visually very impaired is a highly specialized skill set with which Elizabeth is well endowed! Her attention to detail is invaluable and reassuring. Every step of the way she knew when to step in with advice, as a tiny recent example, she was able to tell us how many death certificates to order - something that is tricky to figure out at a very stressful time.
With Elizabeth dealing with the copious administration of Mum’s life we children had more bandwidth to focus on relating to our mother - being with our mother - rather than just managing her. I am eternally grateful for that.
Because our mother’s late life boyfriend’s choices determined where she herself lived, our family found ourselves dealing with an institution which was nigh on incapable of providing our mother with the care she needed. It was a very frustrating situation indeed. Having a knowledgeable, thoughtful, caring, resourceful, patient, warm person supporting us in advocating for our mother was invaluable both practically and emotionally."