The Short Version ~
Without hesitation I recommend Laura and Alta
Golden for anything to do with adult care. They did an amazing job with
and for my dad.
The Gory Details ~
We have endured the loss
of 3 family members over the last 18 months. In August of 2013 we lost
our sister to a bad driver. Then, in July of 2014, we lost our dad's
2nd love-of-his-life after their 15-year relationship. Dad had just
returned from a month-long ordeal in a local, highly rated, skilled
nursing facility (SNF - sniff). That facility for dad was a "less-than"
experience. He came home completely bedridden, having gone in with the
ability to walk with a cane.
We interviewed several in-home
service providers and settled on Laura and her team. They would be
responsible for all of dad's daily care, maintenance, doctor visits,
medications, meals, re-ambulation ~ everything.
insistence, they set-up 5 rotating in-home 24/7 caregivers; with the
primary goal of re-ambulating him ASAP. We knew his recovery/rehab was
going to take a few months. Dad had a vibrant and amazing mind - we did
not want him to get bored with the same stories from the same person
too quickly; or have a possible personality clash he would have to
endure for a long period.
I spent quite a bit of time with dad
and the AltaGolden team starting at the end of July, learning from,
watching, and interacting with all of them. The care and caring were
evident; it was not just a show for me, it was clearly their modus
Dad had no loss of mental faculties - so he and I
discussed his likes and dislikes about his situation and the individual
caregivers. He did state often that none of them could cook like mom or
his 2nd life-partner - but, he respected them and appreciated what they
did for him.
In late November, he had recovered a good portion
of his ability to ambulate with a walker. Thanks in large-part to
AltaGolden -- and his drive to be self-sufficient again. We gave the
caregiver that weekend off. He and I were headed out to dinner one
evening and while getting in the car, I was not attentive enough, or
close enough to catch him ~ he fell; breaking his hip. The story of his
health and efforts to recover again ended on January 21st, 2015, when
he passed with me sitting by his side.
Throughout his decline
after the fall and ongoing hospitalization, Laura and her team continued
to help, be supportive, and present without requesting compensation of
Bottom Line ~
I consider Laura and members of her
team extended family - they provided quality care to dad and peace of
mind to our family; we trusted them in caring for dad and would do so
again without hesitation.