My client was the son of a 72 year-old woman who had suffered a stroke within the last six months. She had been placed at an excellent assisted living community that I had used for several clients in the past. After the stroke, she needed some help with her activities of daily living. Her son had indicated that he wanted to move her due to the high price being charged at the community. He was bearing most of the expense. He asked that I come and visit with her in order to hear her side of the story.
When I went to assess her in the lobby of the current community (at the son’s request), I found a well-dressed woman who was totally independent and had all of her faculties. When I asked her why she was in assisted living, she told me about the stroke. The physician who practiced at the community originally would not release her to the independent living level of care. She felt the woman needed medication supervision. But, my client proved her wrong. Then on review of my client’s case, the physician reversed the decision and approved her her to live in the independent living area.
However, my client didn’t want to remain at the current community. She had met a boyfriend there, and he had recently moved to a competing independent living community. She wanted to move there too. As the conversation developed, she shared that her boyfriend wanted her to move in with him because his memory was getting bad, and he wanted someone to take care of him.