"Your recap of your visit is so helpful and encouraging. My mother has embraced your approach and enjoys your company. I see less anxiety, less depression and more enthusiasm and positive remarks. Thank you for your contribution to her self-confidence. We have all noticed a drastic improvement in my dad's speech and interaction with us. He initiates conversation now for the first time since his stroke. Not only has my dad become much more conversant, he laughs and speaks clearly. You have a gift." -C. L.
"We are grateful for all that you have given us in the past few years. Mom adored you and felt safe with you. Your support helped us remain connected to her even as the impact of her memory loss grew more challenging." - R.E.
"A virtual revelation.
COVID-19 changed everything. For several years, Joan had been visiting our home weekly to provide recreational and cognitive stimulation for my parents suffering from dementia. These in-person visits were always engaging; Joan is a wizard at improvising on the fly, knowing that each day for my parents was different and that some activities would work better than others on any given day. And then came COVID-19. What would we do without Joan?! It was a sobering prospect. Luckily, Joan was able to innovate in the age of lockdowns and our family learned how to use Zoom. Now, each week, Joan visits our home virtually. The same innovation and creativity that she exhibits in-person were on full display using the Internet. In some ways, these visits were better by offering an easier way to bring multimedia into the cognitive engagement process. Suddenly clips for my parent’s favorite films and songs were being played on-screen and Joan was using Powerpoint slides with poetry readings, trivia games, and photography that my parents loved. My parents adapted to the technology beautifully, engaging in conversation and games, laughing, and even dancing when Joan found the perfect song. It is hard to overstate just how vital this weekly virtual visit has been during this challenging pandemic.
As we emerge from these lockdowns, we plan for Joan to “visit” us using both of these approaches. She understands how to leverage the advantages of each type of visit and to create unique and effective ways to bring love and laughter to our home. The thread that unites both of these types of visits is the relentless attention that Joan gives to knowing my parents…knowing their illnesses, knowing their personalities. This is the foundation for her activity plans. Her many years of experience and unique skills, including now technological sophistication, are combined with this deep knowledge of her clients. It is an extraordinary joy and solace for our family. We are forever grateful." - D.B.
"You have the magic with him. It makes me feel better just reading your summaries." -A.S.
"Joan has made a huge difference in the quality of life for my mother who is suffering from dementia. Joan is gentle with an easy style and skillful approach which gives Mom a chance to express herself. During her visits, Joan tailors conversation and activities to my mother's interests and abilities, sensitively adjusting her approach as the situation warrants. Joan has also provided me with invaluable comfort and support in dealing with my mother's condition. Her suggestions have been unfailingly helpful. Joan knows the community and has made many helpful recommendations for additional support."
"My mother, who has dementia, has benefited tremendously from Connections for Seniors, LLC. Joan and her team have enriched my mom's life, helping her find meaning and purpose in this chapter of her life. As a result, she is active and happy, with renewed self-esteem. They also are an excellent resource for me, educating me about this stage of my Mom's life which enables me to make better and more informed care decisions."
"You bring out so much that's interesting and stimulating for our mother. Thanks for your caring and great creativity with her." -P.B.
"When my wife was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, I was devastated. I had no idea what truly lay ahead. As she declined, I sought guidance and help. I can't thank you enough for both. Your knowledge of the disease process and skill in relating to those with it is remarkable. Your visits to her are outstanding, she really enjoys your companionship. I enjoy the relief you give me for respite. You have guided me toward next steps and are extremely knowledgeable of other community assets. I can't thank you enough for your great skill, compassion and guidance." -T.B.
"Joan and Connections for Seniors were critical components of our family's care for our mother, who had Alzheimer's disease. Joan helped family members understand what was going on and plan for the future. And in her one-on-one sessions with our mother Joan knew just what to do to stimulate her, draw her out, entertain her, and reassure her. We cannot recommend your services highly enough." -T.W.
"You always amaze me at your ability to make lemonade out of a lemon. This disease makes me so sad, but we are so immensely grateful to you and your skills to lift and motivate his spirits."
"Thank you so much the large role you played in the peaceful ending." - C.D.
"You have magic in creating a safe, comfortable environment that enables so much mental flow and engagement." - K.B.