My Father-In-Law developed worsening symptoms of dementia last year. By October, we had observed such a notable decline that we weren’t sure whether he would be able to continue living independently. His wife had passed away the year before and he was now living alone. I was on medical leave so I told my husband that I would begin the process of looking for a placement. I had seen advertisements for a nationally based placement service on tv and decided to call. I spoke with someone who asked a lot of personal questions about my father-in-law’s health, income, level of independence etc. and was subsequently sent a list of about 5-6 referrals by e-mail. We either called or were called by a representative from each facility to make an appointment to tour the facility. We toured three and discussed services and costs with the others. We came away from the experience overwhelmed and second guessing our decision to place our loved one was the best option at this time. Each facility had their strengths and weaknesses but all the facilities were out of my father-in-law’s price range. We concluded that he would run out of money in the not so distant future and would then end up in a nursing home. We were hoping to find a comfortable permanent placement that would see him through all stages of his illness. Rather than returning to the national placement service for more referrals, I decided to contact Deborah Bakalich to see if she could help us in our search. Deborah is a committed senior care representative; knowledgeable about community resources, in-home services, disease progression and a strong advocate for the senior and family. She escorted us to several smaller assisted living facilities in the community. All were home-based but licensed for all stages of care. She was able to share pros and cons of each based upon experiences of those whom she had placed. There are so many considerations and it is a comfort to have someone like Deborah by your side to help you navigate the process of finding appropriate senior care and placement. I unreservedly endorse Deborah’s services and only wish I had contacted her sooner to assist us with our need.
We all slept so much better last night. Such a relief to have made the placement decision. And we don’t feel like we compromised; we truly feel good about the choice.
When families are struggling with placement decisions for an elderly loved one, experiencing the stress and strain of caregiving, Deborah provides such an important service. She worked hard for our family and achieved a successful outcome. Deborah listens to your concerns and needs, then gets to work. She is very responsive, professional, and supportive. She is there for you with her knowledgeable network of contacts in the field. I can highly recommend Deborah’s expertise.
Thank you Deborah for your assistance with quickly finding an assisted living home for my Aunt. Your professionalism, knowledge and responsiveness to our needs and urgency was comforting as we were in unknown territory, but when you said "I have this and its going to be alright"...I knew immediately we were in good hands. I also appreciate you meeting with my aunt on her move day from rehab to her new assisted living home as I was not able to take off work. You went to the rehab, made sure her items were packed up, got the discharge papers from the social worker, made arrangements for transportation for her in her wheelchair to her new home and stay and visited with her to make sure she was settled in. We are so grateful and my Aunt is happy in her new home and the transition was smooth just as you said it would be. Thank you again Deborah!
I was given Deborah's name by a good friend in the home healthcare field. From the very first time I spoke to Deborah, I knew that she was going to assist me in finding the very best care for Mom. All the questions she ask I now know were so she could prepare a list of suitable places to meet all of Moms needs and also our family wishes. Deborah came to my house and that day she called several places to set up appointments for visits, we even went to one that afternoon. She sent me a list of things that I would need when the placement was decided and I was told by the placement associate that I was so organized! I quickly stated that Deborah told me all the documents that I would need. Deborah is extremely professional and is an advocate for the client she represents, while at the same time very caring during an extremely difficult decision making process. I would highly recommend Deborah Bakalich and Senior Care Lifestyles.Thank you again.
Last year my mother, who was suffering from dementia and declining health in general, took a final turn for the worse. We had to rush her to the hospital, and realizing she could not go home again, get her somewhere to be taken care of on a permanent basis. I had met Deborah at networking events, and remembered this is what she did. I contacted her, and she got my mom into rehab for thirty days. During this period, she searched our assisted living facilities in the Towson area, and found us a wonderful caring place. My mother did not live much longer, but did end her life in a caring, and loving environment. My family will always be grateful to Deborah for her caring, concerned, and compassionate assistance. If you are ever put in this position, look no further than Senior Care Lifestyles!
We had no idea where to find the right fit for my mother in her final days. Deborah, whom I had met earlier at a networking event, was the person I contacted. Deb worked with us through the entire process, including some difficult family issues. She was professional at all times, but also was sympathetic with our situation, and lined up the perfect place for mom. I cannot emphasize strongly enough how helpful Deborah was. This difficult decision was made much easier because we found the right person to get us through the myriad of options out there. When the need arises, I cannot think of a better person to help you with the tough decisions that need to be made at times like this.
January 30, 2018
“I want to share what a wonderful experience I had working with Ms. Bakalich, and what an enormous help she was to me as I attempted to figure out what was the best living situation for my Mom, who was developing dementia and was very lonely home alone all day.
Ms. Bakalich is a very warm, open, kind person who is very easy to talk to. She took the time to get a detailed picture of my Mom’s entire situation, and also came to meet my Mom and talk with her.
She took me on tours of 7 different assisted living facilities, each of which was carefully chosen for its quality of service, desired geographical proximity, and the fact that they offered specialized dementia care for when that becomes necessary. They ran a gamut of prices because I was still trying to figure out the best way to handle my Mom’s resources to accomplish this transition. I don’t know if it is typical to tour so many, but I was having trouble making up my mind, and Ms. Bakalich was very patient with me. Seeing for myself what different price points gets you in terms of extra amenities, etc, was extremely helpful.
Above all, I valued the fact that Ms. Bakalich was so familiar with all of the facilities in the area and knew which ones offered high quality care at all price levels. Because that is what is most important.
All along this process Ms. Bakalich was readily available to me to answer all my questions. It was clear as we went to each facility that she was known, respected and liked at each one, and we also often ran into residents and their family members that recognized her and were delighted to see her.
I can’t recommend her services highly enough. Once we selected the perfect place for my Mom, she was able to recommend an excellent mover and any other services I needed.
She made a difficult process much easier and I will always be grateful to her. And the best testimonial of all is my Mom—she absolutely loves where she lives now, even more than I could have hoped.”
“Deb, thank you very much for meeting my brother, sister and I regarding our moms future care. You came to us on your personal time and for no charge. Your advice and referrals to needed resources was invaluable. Mom is being transferred today! I am not sure this would have not been possible if not for your care and effort to assist us. I really cannot thank you enough! Please enjoy these goodies as a token of our gratitude!”
“My mother is now 84 and has been living alone since my father passed away over six years ago. At first she was doing fine, but as she was aging, being alone was not healthy or safe for her, and very worrisome for her children. The social worker at mother’s doctor’s office, recommended Deborah Bakalich to aid our family in finding a place for mom.
When I first talked to Deborah she asked what the situation was and what type of place we were looking for. She also asked for a ball park number on the financials. She then took this information and came up with recommendations of places that would be the right fit. Deborah set up appointments at the facilities and went with us to make sure we asked all the pertinent questions. The second place we visited was exactly what mom needed; a retirement community with all of amenities for older people.
Mother now has her own apartment, surrounded daily by people and activities. She has now been there almost two weeks and is thriving. I have never seen my mother so happy. Had it not been for Deborah, our family would not have known of this retirement community and what it had to offer. We are very grateful how everything has worked out. I highly recommend that you contact Deborah should you have similar needs.”
“Searching for an assisted nursing home for an aging parent can be quite daunting. There are many facilities in the area. Deborah was quite helpful and professional in our search for an assisted living facility. She took time to present available facilities and discuss pros and cons of each. Her expertise helped us decide on a wonderful facility for my mother. I would recommend Deborah to anyone.”
“I am so thankful to have met Deborah of Senior Care Lifestyles. Such a wonderful, kind and helpful lady! In only a short time after contacting her, I had appointments to visit Assisted Living facilities! My mom was placed and settled in a wonderful loving environment within three days! Deborah was with me each step of the way. She was there to greet and meet my mom at her new home and I was so touched that she had a gift for her. My heart is full! Deborah has been a part of giving me peace that my mother is being loved and cared for!”
“During a very emotional and stressful time in my and my sister's life, it was such a blessing to work with you. I am so grateful my parents' geriatric doctors office provided me your contact info.
Once my sister and I met with you, we described our feeling as being "hopeful" after months of struggling with exhaustion, sadness and being overwhelmed by the ever increasing needs to care for both of our parents at their home. We knew moving to assisted living was the right answer, but with so much emotion involved, we needed your knowledge and expertise.
Not only do you have that expert knowledge, but your compassion, personal experience and kind manner gave us more than hope as we continued through the process with you. It gave us confidence in doing the right thing and finding a wonderful place, within our budget, that provides our mom and dad great care, a lovely, safe home, excellent meals and more, which allows us to visit often to simply enjoy their company.
Thank you again for your exceptional service to help our family in very difficult times. We are all laughing and smiling much more these days.”