At Sentinel Care, we thrive on helping our elderly loved ones live healthy, independent lifestyles for as long and safe as possible. The people we serve are more than clients or customers; they become like family to us. The success stories and testimonials below are a small sample of the many lives we have touched.
Contact Sentinel Care to learn how we can help you create your own success story for yourself or your loved one. dixon(at)sentinelcare(dot)org or 321-725-6799 .
Do people really “rent” sons (and/or daughters) from Sentinel Care? How does this actually work?
Helping Alice out of social isolation
When Alice, 90, fell her doctor treated her injury and then sent her to a recovery facility. A childless widow, Alice started to slip into loneliness, depression, and hopelessness through social isolation. The team at Sentinel Care stepped in as her advocate, fulfilling the roles normally covered by a daughter and a son. Alice had a companion who accompanied her to appointments, monitored her medications, and held her hand while they strolled together. Sentinel Care hired a home nurse, managed Alice’s financial accounts, and often took her out for lunch. Alice thrived, and often said Sentinel Care’s Robert and his team were the children she never had.
Providing Bobbi extra support during her hospital stay
Bobbi is divorced, with no family. She is active in her church, but does not want to call on the other members for help. She still drives, does her own cooking and cleaning until the day she tumbled and broke a hip. Feeling all alone, she called on Sentinel Care and asked if she could “rent” a son. Robert Dixon appeared at her hospital bed and advocated on her behalf. He visited her and followed up with her throughout her time in assisted living care and during her rehabilitation. Robert communicated with doctors, nurses and therapists to ensure everything possible was being done for Bobbi. He brought her home from the facility and then slowly transitioned into the background, as Bobbi Sue continues living life on her terms.
How does Sentinel Care deliver Case Management services?
Protecting a veteran’s benefits and helping her gain control of her finances
Rhianna had a serious tragedy at an Army base and now receives VA benefits. A number of people looking to take advantage of Rhianna moved in. Her loving mother lost all hope until they called Sentinel Care. As Rhianna’s Case Managers, Sentinel Care worked with Rhianna and her mother to create a plan that would help the Army veteran regain control over her money and her life. Working as a team, Sentinel Care helped Rhianna and her mother discover how to establish boundaries for themselves and for those who sought to take advantage of the military benefits Rhianna will need for her own care and well-being.
How does Guardianship help protect and provide guidance for me or my loved one?
Ensuring Theresa’s final wishes were honored
Theresa knew her daughters loved her, but they were confused about what to do when doctors discovered a mass in her liver. The sisters could not agree, and often argued, over treatment options. Theresa never wanted heroic measures. She didn’t want her daughters to argue over her care—but she had not planned for this to happen. Since she had no advanced directives in place, the court appointed Sentinel Care’s Robert Dixon as Guardian to help. In an attempt to honor her wishes, Robert looked to how Theresa had dealt with her parents’ and her husband’s final days, and determined she would not want to live a significantly compromised life waiting for a miraculous cure. She only wanted her daughters by her side, in peace. Sentinel Care ensured Theresa’s wishes were honored and helped the sisters reconcile their relationship.
Protecting kindly Albert from scam artist
Albert is a highly functioning man with developmental disabilities and progressive dementia, but he had asserted his independence two years before he was referred to Sentinel Care. A scam artist, too slick for the system, posed as an antiques dealer to gain access to Albert. Nearly 20 years younger, she seduced Albert and soon moved in with him, where she proceeded to put him on the fast track to bankruptcy. Not content to max out his credit cards, she also deeded Albert’s home to her daughter, essentially stealing more than $200K from the kindly gentleman. Sentinel Care’s Robert Dixon was granted emergency guardianship to retrieve what he could. He reversed one of the “dirty deeds” and sold Albert’s house, legitimately. The proceeds were sufficient enough to place Albert in a caring group home for life.
Putting Rosario’s finances in order to ensure care he needs
Rosario needed an advocate after the stroke that left him incapacitated, paralyzed. He had no plan in place – no advance directives. Even though his family had deserted Rosario decades earlier, his son wiped out his bank account before he left the country. That money is lost forever. Without access to Rosario’s financial information, the nursing home could not even attempt to qualify him for Medicaid to recoup its expenses. Robert Dixon petitioned the courts for guardianship. Once granted, he accessed Rosario’s bank account, paid his nursing home bill, advocated for his well-being, and applied for Medicaid benefits on his behalf, ensuring Rosario can continue to receive the care he desperately needs.
Why should Sentinel Care settle the estate? Can’t the courts do that?
Ensuring Mae was able to say good-bye as she wanted
She was spunky and had a lot of character. She loved life and wanted the opportunity to live hers to the fullest. Yet, without advocates, Mae could have lived her final days unprepared and in loneliness as her only family members were out-of-state, distant relatives who could not provide the detailed attention she required and deserved. She had no children and her husband had died years before. Sentinel Care fulfilled Mae’s physical, financial, and social needs, so that she was able to live longer at home, surrounded by people who genuinely cared about her well-being. Just as importantly, when she passed, her estate was handled exactly as she wished. Mae was laid to rest in the precise manner she had wanted. She said good-bye with peace.