There’s no place like home.
This compelling realization, expressed by Dorothy in the “Wizard of Oz,” is the sentiment of most seniors in America.
According to the United States Aging Survey the majority of the elderly are determined to “age in place,” and Sequoia Senior Solutions has had a profound effect in helping seniors realize their deepest wish.
“My greatest pride is in knowing we make a difference in the lives of seniors by making it possible for them to remain in their home though the challenges of old age,” said Gabriella Ambrosi, co-owner and CEO of Sequoia Senior Solutions.
The company — headquartered in Petaluma, California — has a broad geographic reach. Founded in 2003 by Ambrosi and her husband Stanton Lawson, the company serves these counties in their entirety: Sonoma, Napa, Marin, Solano, Lake and Mendocino.
“We have been working with seniors for more than 13 years, and we have helped more than 2,000 seniors whose main goal was to continue living in their home and not have to move into a facility,”
Lawson, CFO of Sequoia Senior Solutions, said. “While it is hard to gather statistics on how living at home affects their lives, we think that each and every one of them will tell you that it has made their quality of life significantly better. Companionship, proper nutrition, exercise, medication reminders all contribute to an improved living condition which, most people will agree, significantly improves longevity.”
Both Ambrosi and Lawson are passionate about serving the elderly population and believe seniors have always preferred to live independently. What has changed is their ability to do so.
“These days there are plenty of services out there to help seniors,” Lawson explained. “The Home Care industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the country right now. What’s more, it’s becoming more regulated, which helps to provide more safety and security for these aging adults, who tend to be more vulnerable.”
Sequoia Senior Solutions is one of the most adept companies in the Heath Care industry. It understands the magnitude of this ever-growing population of aging Baby Boomers and why the caregiver is pivotal.
“The role of the caregiver is changing rapidly,” explained Mrs. Ambrosi. “With hospitals discharging patients earlier than ever before, and with our family doctors being able to spend less and less time with their patients during office visits, the health and safety of seniors often depends on well-trained, professional caregivers who can notice changes in their clients and ensure that they get the medical care they need in a timely manner. Sequoia Senior Solutions takes a great deal of pride in the training we offer our caregivers.”
The company’s Certified Companion Aide program provides a solid training on all aspects of In-Home Care. This is followed up by specialization courses in Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, arthritis, diabetes and other senior-related diseases.
“Caregivers presence can also have the effect of drastically reducing signs of depression,” Ambrosi explained. “Often, our caregivers become our senior clients’ best friends.”
By Peg Melnik