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Susan Wielechowski

2018 CSA Conference


Susan Wielechowski

Aging Alternatives, LLC



PERSON DIRECTED CARE:  Alzheimer’s and Dementia – An Effective Alternative 

Dementia is an umbrella term that describes a collection of symptoms that are caused by disorders of the brain.  The most common type of dementia is now understood to be Alzheimer’s Disease.  There is a rapid growth in the number of people living with Alzheimer’s disease.  Only around one in four people with the disease get diagnosed.  Furthermore, it appears that as the population ages, the disease impacts a greater percentage of people.

The session presents important information for CSAs on the positives and negatives of older versus newer methods of providing long- and short-term residential care -- for individuals and their loved ones -- who mutually suffer from the condition.  It explores the concept of “Person Direct Care” – the basic approach of the Aging Alternatives Alzheimer’s Homes franchise network.

Person Direct Care places more emphasis on: physical health; access to specialist input and knowledge; recognition of the need to focus on the individual’s own special requirements; and transparently assisting the individuals AND their loved-ones in the spiritual, emotional, grief and bereavement aspects of advanced illness and end of life

The important role of a small, residential facility as an ideal setting for individuals dealing with dementia is offered to CSAs as an approach for serious consideration by their clients under a wide range of payment options.

Learning Objectives

  1. What to expect in final stages
  2. What is direct centered care
  3. How to JUST be a wife, husband, daughter, son

About Susan

In 2009, Sue Wielechowski, an entrepreneur with a heart, started Aging Alternatives in New Jersey when caring for her aunt Dorothy Hamburg.  Her aunt, following an accidental fall which required physical therapy and rehabilitation, was ‘temporarily’ placed into what can only be referred to as a ‘warehousing’ type of nursing home. Over the course of a few weeks, the temporary stay became permanent.

When Sue visited her aunt, they would discuss the type of care she was receiving.  Time after time, Dorothy pleaded only for the independence she once had and the comfort of a homelike environment. It became obvious to her that there was a lack of curated care options for those with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

As a result, Sue’s journey into private residential care and ultimately into franchising began.  She developed a much-needed alternative to the standard, large-scale nursing home.  Sue terms the approach as “Person Direct Care.”  She has devoted her life to focus on those individuals who she believed were not fairly, or even humanly represented in the home care community – she is: graciously caring for those who cannot care for themselves.

Her ever-evolving approach, backed by solid, peer-reviewed research and corporate experience, results in quantitative and qualitative benefits for her residents.  Today, Sue’s Aging Alternatives franchise network is a success -- it has experienced progressively increasing expansion due to the total satisfaction of Aging Alternatives’ residents and their loved-ones. 

Visit the Schedule at a Glance for session dates, times, and locations. 

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