By: Deanna Rebro | Category: Other | Issue: June 2015
Armella Glenn, owner and advocate for senior independence.
Seniors who want to live in their homes but cannot do everything for themselves now have a new and totally different alternative. My Choice In Home Senior Services is a premier personal care assistance and companion caregiver agency that tailors services to fit each client’s specific needs. Whether their needs are large or small, they literally can enjoy a concierge experience by having as little or as much help as they need in the areas they choose.
Armella Glenn, agency owner and lifelong Tulsa resident, came up with the idea after studying the work of many national chains. The personal touch was missing. Care options seemed stereotyped. She began thinking, “What if…?” Her hometown knowledge of the many resources available to seniors in the Tulsa area, genuine love for aging people and business experience with her family led to My Choice.
My Choice specializes in non-medical aspects of care giving with concierge services, care management and transitional services. Their service options are nearly endless, from the routine to the unusual and everything in between. They include companionship, transportation to medical or beauty shop appointments or social events, light housekeeping, laundry, meal planning and preparation, errand running, personal bathing and grooming assistance, dog walking, medication reminders, day trips, exercise, problem solving, home bill paying and help with incontinence.
My Choice is proud to be among the pioneers in the new elder care field of transitional services. They help with admission, companionship while in care facilities, discharge procedures and transporting clients home and follow up appointments.
All services start with a no obligation in home safety and fall prevention assessment of the client’s home. Safety is a critical part of the My Choice care program. “The client wants to stay home,” says Armella. “The family wants them to stay home safely.” A care manager identifies safety issues in the home and defines needs, expectations and desires with the client and family members or a guardian. Together they develop a specific Care Plan with the level of attention, ranging from 4 to 24 hours, and flexibility that is right for the client.
“We want to relieve the pressure on the family,” she adds. So many couples are struggling with the demands of their children, their careers and now their aging parents. They truly care, but cannot be in all places. My Choice’s Wake Up and Tuck In service, a popular choice, provides breakfast, dinner, dishwashing, laundry and morning and evening assistance. Better yet, My Choice cost is much lower than an assisted living alternative.
Another unique My Choice attribute is their preference survey. Every client indicates his or her interests, habits and needs. Every My Choice caregiver fills out the same survey. “Our unique caregiver and client matching formula helps us to place the right caregiver with the right client,” explains Armella. There is common ground from the first day and a bond begins to form.
My Choice In Home Senior Services is a licensed, bonded and insured agency. Caregivers hired by My Choice are employees and have been rigorously background checked on both a local and nationwide basis. These elite caregivers are thoroughly trained to excel at their duties, be observant and compassionate. A My Choice supervisor does a weekly check on the caregiver and client. A Care Plan book with daily entries remains in the client’s home.
Whether a little or a lot of help is needed, routine or unique, My Choice In Home Senior Services is ready to help seniors live their lives to the fullest—in their own homes.
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Deanna Rebro has worked in the publishing industry 30+ years, including eight years writing for Value News. She has also worked in real estate for the past six years. Deanna graduated from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio with a B.A. in Journalism. Outside of work, she serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for Pet Adoption League. “Every story I write is a learning experience,” she said.