All posts by johndegen

TAMARA SHERRICK

Approximately three years ago my family went through a huge transformation. We were told that our father was diagnosed with Alzheimer disease. Panic ensued. What do we do? Where do we start? Who do we call? And of course, the most important question, What is best for dad?
Our family pulled together and decided we would manage the care needed for our father. But, as the disease progressed we came to the harsh realization that we couldn’t provide the type of round the clock care that he required.

We made hundreds of phone calls to search for caregivers that could assist us with care for our father. We struggled with various groups that claimed their caregivers were trained to deal with dementia and insisted that they could help. But, we were not satisfied with the care. Some people could work with him during the day but the evenings presented a problem. Our dad is a sundowner and very rarely sleeps at night. Many people tried and many people failed. Every time we would begin a new search for another group, our hopes would be crushed as we realized the hours were not typical for many and the cost was so high we worried about how long we could continue the care.

When I felt as though we had exhausted every resource, I found our miracle. I was told about a care giving group that was local and just getting started. I called Chesapeake Care Givers and spoke with the owner, John. He listened patiently and when he spoke he simply said we want to help. Chesapeake Care has been amazing. He met with our family and our father. He gathered a history and has been able to provide caregivers that are trained in dealing with dementia in all stages. In addition, the people that work with my father are warm and caring and work with my father’s schedule instead of trying to change it. They are calm and soft spoken which is exactly what my father needs. John worked with our family on the cost and has made it affordable. My family has and still is going through so much with this process and now I speak for all of them when I say that we now have some peace of mind. We realize that we can’t be with dad 24 hrs a day, but we are accepting that because we know we have Chesapeake care there with, and for my father. I really had given up hope in finding such an organization….I’m so glad I made that last phone call. Thank you so much, Chesapeake Care, for all that you do.

Tamra Sherrick

SHELLEY MIELKE

My name is Shelley Mielke and my mother has lived at Chesapeake Caregivers Assisted Living since April, 2002. She has Alzheimer’s and had previously been living in an Alzheimer’s unit at a large nursing facility in the community for fourteen months after my father became ill and could no longer care for her.

Since my mother has lived at Chesapeake Caregivers, I have been very impressed with the quality of care she has received. Phyllis Sanders and her staff of caregivers have provided a clean, attractive, and comfortable atmosphere for their patients. They are always available for any concerns you may have and communicate with you regularly about the status of your loved one. They are willing to provide transportation to doctor’s appointments if needed and customize the care needed for each patient at their facility. My mother’s primary care physician was impressed with the physical improvement of my mother after just a few months living at Chesapeake Caregivers’ home. I highly recommend this assisted living to anyone requiring care for a relative or loved one.

SUE LUDWIG | TALBOT COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT

Please allow this to serve as a professional letter of recommendation for in home care services with The Chesapeake Care Givers agency.

I am employed with the Developmental Disability Administration as a Resource Coordinator Supervisor and have worked collaboratively with John Degen and his staff at Chesapeake Care Givers for two years. In doing so, I have had the pleasure of directly observing their work for two adults with disabilities and providing supports needed to live fulfilling lives. John and his staff respect individuals’ rights and advocates for them to be healthy and safe. They actively listen to what he/ she wants and supports the mission of person directed service. They take the time to really know the people they support and the families and value their opinions.

While meeting with John on a number of occasions, he has always been available and responsive to clients and families needs and concerns. John problem solves on the spot and individuals know that he/ she can count on him. John and his staff go over and above to provide wonderful support to the individuals they serve.

Please consider Chesapeake Care Givers as your next provider of choice for in home care services.

Respectfully,

Sue Ludwig

DDA Resource Coordinator Supervisor