Marjorie was in the hospital following a stroke. She could not communicate verbally at the moment, but her doctor expected she would be able to relearn how to talk. In the meantime, she had to communicate by writing things down or answering simple yes or no questions. It was frustrating, but one thing she continually refused to even talk about was home care support.
Her doctor was telling her how important it was going to be for her to have somebody assisting her throughout the day. She had lost the ability to use one side of her body. She wasn’t going to be able to walk. She was not going to be able to get out of bed and into a wheelchair on her own. Even if she could, her doctor told her, how was she going to navigate around the house?
She was a proud woman who didn’t ask for help often.
She usually relied on a few friends and maybe some family who happened to be in the area, and perhaps she assumed she would simply rely on these people again. However, when she began talking to these family and friends, she started to realize they weren’t going to be able to support her as often as she would need.
When her doctor came in to discuss her discharge, he told her she would go to a nursing home for a couple of weeks before she could return home. She needed to work with a physical therapist, be observed, and they had to make sure there was not an elevated risk of another stroke occurring within the next couple of weeks.
He also discussed support.
She admitted she didn’t have anybody who could be there in the morning, afternoon, and nighttime. That’s when the topic of home care came up again. Her doctor said if she couldn’t find family or friends who could support her throughout the day, she needed to consider either moving or relying on home care providers. He mentioned an agency in the area for her to talk to. Reluctantly, she had her daughter, who came in to visit from out of town, make a few phone calls and together they figured out what she would need.
At first, Marjorie didn’t want to consider home care because she thought the family and friends she had would be enough, but when she realized it wasn’t, she had to look into this and discovered there were far more benefits than she realized at first.
If you or a family member are in need of home care for seniors in Deerfield Beach, FL, call the caring professionals at Star Multi Care today at (954) 870-4770. Providing service in Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Weston, Southwest Ranches, Pembroke Pines, Cooper City, Lighthouse Point, and Wilton Manors.
From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales.
1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002.
In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies.
Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.