Maureen and Derek, Calgary
Thank you for the information and help you gave – it made for an easier decision and a successful move. Everything went very smoothly and we have settled in well. We are both enjoying living here and have no regrets about selling our home, no feelings of loss, or anything – which is actually a surprise to me. We have met lots of very nice people that have made us so welcome. Thanks so much, Maureen and Derek.
Joan and Bob, Canmore
Many thanks for all the help – it was a lovely experience. Judy is terrific and very patient.
West Hillhurst Go Getters Seniors Club, Calgary
Comments on the presentation Staying Home or Moving to a Retirement Residence – Considerations You Should Know. “You spoke clearly and very well so that all the attendees could understand the information you were providing. You had and amazing wealth of knowledge and had answers for all the various questions that came your way. The power point helped visually for the group to follow along with what topic you were speaking of and it helped the group to focus in on what it was you were speaking of. After the presentation, I had a few of the attendees say how informative you were and that it was one of the best presentations they had attended yet. It provided them with lots to think about and touched on a few things that they would have never even thought of about Seniors Housing.”
Al Del Degan, Calgary
“As an extremely busy professional, I was having a hard time helping out when my elderly mother needed me. Often times I didn’t even know how to help her and tried to refer her to places like the Kerby Center. The problem is you don’t know what you don’t know and when I met Kathy from Proactive Seniors, it was like my prayers were answered. Kathy and Judy have been an incredible resource and have helped my mother so much. She really enjoys when Judy comes over for her scheduled visits and has been so much happier and better cared for than ever before. I can’t recommend Proactive Seniors enough.”
Pat Pohlen, Calgary
“Kathy took the stress of finding a place for my father away. She met with us as a family in the hospital and spent time getting to know my Dad and our requirements. Then she got back to us within days with a list of places. She is compassionate and very knowledgeable. I do not hesitate to recommend Kathy as she provided excellent and great value.”
Sheri Bruneau, Calgary
“THANK YOU so much! My friend is so happy that they now have a place for their dad. I hear that you were wonderful in helping them set up appointments to go view places and share your expertise. I was happy to refer you and even happier that everyone is thrilled!”
Lynda Gutor, Calgary
“When my uncle Art (living independently at the age of 97) fell ill and was hospitalized for a couple of months his medical team identified that Art is no longer capable of living on his own or operating his vehicle. We were informed that we need to locate an assisted living accommodation for Art. I just didn’t know where to begin or most importantly what was available here in Calgary that could meet his medical and personal needs and in addition I wanted the location to be close to my home so that I did not have to travel any long distances to assist with Art.
I was introduced to Kathy Mendham, President of Proactive Seniors and explained to her the situation that I was in. Kathy indicated that she would take on our case and immediately went into action. In less than a week Kathy sent me information on 5 facilities that were located in our area. Upon reviewing the information I indicated which ones I would like to visit and meet with their Executive Directors. Within a week I meet with the directors, visited the facilities and chose Auburn Heights Retirement Residence as they were the best fix for Art. Today Art has settled in his new accommodations and is enjoying the daily activities and so appreciates the medical and personal care he is receiving.
Proactive Seniors relieved all my stress factors from me trying to do this on my own. They are very knowledgeable and have great personal contact with the care facilities. They did all the leg work in a very caring, compassionate and in a very professional manner.
Proactive Seniors played such an important role in finding the perfect fit for Art. I would highly recommend them if you find yourself and family in this situation, you reach out to them. You will be very satisfied.”
Katie Marshall, Calgary
“My gratitude to Proactive Seniors is overwhelming. We contacted them to help us organize and direct us in the planning of our parents next stage in life. Proactive Seniors took the guess work, running around and the fear of what we needed to do to get the best possible living arrangement for our mom and dad. Proactive Seniors in depth interview with my parents and our family is what helped us know that they knew what we needed and that we were meeting our parents hopes and desires. The binder Kathy compiled with all the information and choices we had was extensive. We have been able to refer to the binder as an education and reference tool to make the best decision possible for our family and know we are respecting our parents wishes because the recommendations are tailored to our parents needs and desires. I highly recommend Proactive Seniors to anyone with aging parents or to any seniors because it makes a very difficult, stressful and overwhelming task much easier and way less scary.”
Christine Poniecki, Calgary
“I’m so grateful to have found Proactive Seniors. Kathy Mendham is helping our family navigate the rough waters of the last years of my mother’s life. Kathy is a wealth of information, experience, ideas and resources. She was very thorough and focused when she took down the details of our family history and situation. However, I did not feel like I was being “processed” because Kathy’s warmth, intelligence and caring registered as sound support. She is passionate about helping seniors and their families to find the best way to make the latter years easier and richer for both the elderly person and their caregivers. Without reservation I highly recommend Kathy and Proactive Seniors.”
Teresa Boone, Calgary
“My husband and I were very fortunate to work with Proactive Seniors in helping my in-laws begin planning for their eventual move to a retirement community. Kathy is very knowledgeable and has vast experience in the health field. Her in-depth interview questions revealed many areas we had not originally considered. She then compiled all of the information she had gathered into a binder that we have referenced frequently. Her checklists and “Questions to Ask” have made us feel more empowered and informed as we look ahead to the upcoming years. Most importantly, Kathy provided us with a starting point for having the necessary conversations to begin this transition.
I highly recommend Proactive Services & Kathy. She took what can be an emotional and difficult process and turned it into a positive experience in which all of us felt more aware of what the next steps are.
It is never too early to have this conversation as your parents advance in age and Proactive Services makes it easy.”
“I am living with a senior under the Calgary HomeShare program. When the HomeShare program disbanded I was left with no where to go with my questions. Kathy eliminated all the stress by creating a new working agreement, helping me find support, and getting the family organized in addition to answering all my questions. She is knowledgeable of the industry and persistent to find answers in situations where one is not readily available.”
Carol and Allan Rix, Calgary
“We contacted Kathy to help us determine my mother’s needs. Kathy met with my mother and family members for an interview. Kathy has a manner that quickly put my mother at ease and allowed for a rich discussion. Within a week Kathy met with us again and discussed her report and recommendations outlining the services that my mother could access when she is ready. She decided to use a food delivery service with which she is very pleased. Kathy continues to keep in touch with us and we now feel that as my mother’s needs change we have the support we need to help her. Kathy provides us with an invaluable service for which we are most grateful.”
Tasha Komery, Calgary
“Kathy was amazing. She gave us the lay of the land and was able to provide research to support her recommendations. Instead of my parents hearing about retirement living from just me, they were able to hear it from someone who specializes in this. Plus, working with Kathy took a TON of legwork out of it for me. With over 50 facilities in the city, it would have taken me months to sort through it. With Kathy’s help, the journey was not only painless, but even somewhat pleasant! Thanks Kathy for all your help!”
Mr. and Mrs. S, Red Deer, AB
“Kathy from Proactive Seniors met with my husband, myself and some of our immediate family recently when we were trying to decide how long we might live in our own home because of my husband’s declining health. After meeting with Kathy, she came up with a very workable plan that seemed to cover every concern we had. I found peace of mind just starting the process of organizing and downsizing as suggested in the plan for us. We still have quite a bit of work to do but it seems easier now that we have an actual plan in place.”