My dad was exhibiting disruptive behavior such as disrespecting the caregivers and attempts to escape. I was referred to Bill and so began a six month journey of providing support for dad and his caretakers. I live in Chicago, and Bill's services were vital for my peace of mind. My biggest fear was that I would have to move dad to a locked facility. Bill's interactions with dad included creating a job along with business cards to occupy and encourage my Type A father. Bill also helped develop a care plan to manage dad's behavior and led meetings between myself and dad's caregiver to follow up. His services were instrumental in navigating this season and keeping dad in his home.
~ Michelle H., client
(This has been) a year of courage and understanding the world of dementia for those suffering from it and we as caregivers watching and defining our journey as well. The weekly meetings you offer and the participants there keep us sound and sane. I encourage everyone facing this disease with someone you care about to attend these casual gatherings that Bill Cohen offers..
~ Judith I, Client and Support Group Attendee
Bill Cohen is helping my siblings and I navigate the world of dementia for our mom. We hired Bill to consult with us about the various steps we need to take to find quality caregivers, where to go for financial help, and to find qualified elder law attorneys. His services don't just end with a 2-hour consultation. He checks in on a regular basis just to find out how our mom is doing and to make sure everything is alright. Thank you, Bill, for your help through this journey.
~ Debbie S, Client
Your support and services are making a huge difference for me! I am in much better shape than when we met and now starting to get things lined up. You have been such a help. I am name dropping you all over ... including to several providers I have told about you (plus family members elsewhere)! You've been a life saver for me, so thank you again!
~ Recent Caregiving Client, Portland
Bill recently assisted my family with navigating some scary unknowns. A close family member was showing signs of impaired memory and our family didn't know where to begin. How do we start a conversation with our loved one? Where do we go for testing? What resources are out there? Bill assisted us in a kind, caring, and professional way. He is extremely knowledgeable and has stellar follow through. Our family cannot recommend him highly enough!
~ Whitney Zeigler, Big Rocks Organizing
I connected with Bill through the Tualatin Chamber of Commerce. I engaged his services to help me find resources for some of my elderly mother's unmet needs including nutrition counseling, social activities and even recommendations for a hairstylist that works well with senior citizens. Bill came to meet with my mother and I, and was able to not only listen to both my mother's and my concerns but also was able to identify areas that we might need to review (like having my mother register her health care wishes in Oregon's POLST registry). Bill was very professional and compassionate and I am appreciative for the guidance my mother and I received from him.
~ Dawn Torres-Gale, Our Money Goals
“Thank you so much for your time earlier this month, and for all the follow-up resources that you provided us. It was great to talk to you, and (we) appreciate your advice.”
“I received invaluable information on ways to cope with being a caregiver for my parents.”
“I appreciate your feedback and support.”
“You have great resources about memory care and issues. Appreciative of all you do for us caregivers, and for giving help for people when they are facing brain disease.”
“So good to be with you today! Means a lot during these difficult times! Thanks for everything you do.”
“I cannot thank you enough for all the help and support you have provided me."
“Very sorry to miss being with you, so impressed with your work. Carrying your card with me - from now on in my wallet. Thank you!”
~ Various Clients and Support Group Attendees
Last year when I moved my husband to an assisted living community, I had no idea of the toll it would take on me. Although my husband was in a wonderful community, there were significant challenges, some of which I didn't feel capable of handling on my own. Enter Bill Cohen of Cohen Caregiving Support Consultants. Bill went above and beyond to both advise and support me in working with the community staff. Bill's reputation in the senior care and dementia communities made his involvement even more valuable. If you need resources, have questions, feel overwhelmed by the enormity of the challenges of dealing with a family member with dementia, contact Cohen Caregiving Support. If anyone knows how to navigate this stuff, it's Bill Cohen.
~ Julia S, Client and Support Group Attendee
Thank you for a very nice presentation this afternoon. It’s so important to know there is support for those of us dealing with caregiving and it’s various struggles. We prefer to think it won’t happen to us or we can deal with it on our own but it can happen to anyone and support is essential. Thanks for sharing and caring,
~ Diane H, Support Group Attendee
Bill produced an amazing Support Group at our Springs at Wilsonville community! His presentation style was interactive, engaging, and thorough. He was personable, focused, exceptionally knowledgeable, and relaxed. Family members felt like they could relate to his experience with his mom, Sheila, and her battle with Alzheimer's. He inspired our group of family members to look forward to more support group meetings! I couldn't have been more pleased and look forward to our next gathering with him!
~ Jessica Webb, Life Enrichment Director, Springs at Wilsonville
Since mom was diagnosed with dementia, there are times I feel like the blind leading the blind. I don't know what to do, because mom can't tell me. I'm doing the best I can to help her as Alzheimer's Disease slowly takes a grip on her and leads us down a dark path of the unknown.
In hopes of finding answers, I knew I needed to go to a support group meeting. I tried another group to begin with but it was too quiet, very small. When I found yours, I knew it would be hard, but good for me. I left the meeting and cried all the way home. I had found people who were going through the same thing. I feared more because I heard up close and personal what I would be facing sooner or later. But I also learned about resources that helped give me knowledge to battle the disease, which I appreciate. I realize our daunting journey has just begun, and it is nice to know I'm not alone. I love the way you run the meetings, giving everyone a chance to speak, although at some meetings there is a new member that obviously has a lot to say and feel. I feel very glad I found the group, and the information exchanged is invaluable. I liked one guest speaker I experienced not long ago about something I face with my mom, and I'm gathering information for when that time comes. I think you are offering an invaluable service to people. I could have used that especially right after my dad passed. To know that we have help is really somewhat of a relief. Thank you.
~ Terri H., Day Care Owner
It’s rare to find someone in any profession, including the care of those who are aging, who embodies the professionalism to do a great job addressing the needs of a particular set of circumstances along with the heart and a passion that brings wonderful and truly helpful support. Having been involved as an advocate and consultant in the field of caring for those with cognitive struggles helped me during a more than decade long journey with my own husband’s cognitive challenges and dementia. Yet, years of 24/7 caregiving at home eventually emphasized the limitations of going it on one’s own and just how vital the right sort of support is. It was a blessing to be referred to Bill. At all times he was responsive, willing to do whatever he believed he could to help and was honest if he felt plans involving him were better altered in some way. Perfect. In the last 2-3 years, after a lifetime of being somewhat in the public eye, Jon was 100% resistant to anyone new. Yet with Bill’s approach Jon relaxed and was open to visits. My consultations with Bill also gave me some needed relief and clarity. The long journey of caring for a loved one with dementia, Alzheimer’s or other cognitive difficulties is best managed with intelligence and willingness to truly understand needs and the situations for what they are. Perhaps more important, done with genuine compassion and caring, not just for the person will the impairment but for the caregiver as well. Bill brings all of these qualities to his work. Both Jon and I very much appreciated Bill and were grateful for his support.
~ Jane A, Client
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