“Mom fell and broke her hip and the hospital is discharging her tomorrow” or “Dad passed suddenly and we had no idea how bad Mom’s dementia was because he was covering for her” or “We have to move Mom out of a facility she loves and away from her friends because she can’t afford to live there any longer”. These are all too common scenarios faced by families with aging loved ones.
Early in her career, while working as a long-term care director and social worker, Annalee Kruger met with families in crisis situations like these on a daily basis. Unfortunately, these stories usually began with “We don’t know what to do…” or “Our family never talked about these things…”.
More so, she noticed that the family members were exhausted, scared, overwhelmed and unable to answer basic questions about their loved one’s medical providers, end-of-life wishes, long-term care insurance, and other vital matters.
Annalee spent hours with these panicked families, learning about their aging loved one’s goals, answering dozens of questions and educating them on how to make more informed decisions as the aging process continued. However, because they did not have a plan in place when the crisis occurred, the families were always in a state of reaction, which caused tensions to run high and relationships to suffer.
During this time she discovered other areas which the families needed assistance with such as initiating difficult conversations about a loved one’s condition and prognosis, balancing available financial resources with desired care options and helping family members understand the physical, emotional and financial toll that being a primary caregiver can take.
Annalee soon realized that helping guide families through the aging process was her true passion. So, in 2011, she founded Care Right Inc. in order to focus, full-time, on educating families on the benefits of a proactive approach to senior care planning and helping implement their aging loved one’s plan.
Some people ask, “Why is it called Care Right?” Simple, we care and we do things right, hence, Care Right!
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