Candy Cantamessa BSN, RN, CCM, Regional Manager-IP Case Management, Samaritan Health

I wanted to share with you what I am being told by my teams, patients/families about Retirement Connection and CareAvailability.com.

As you know our time in the acute care hospital is limited by the pressures of progressing patients to transition to next level of care with an average length of stay of 4.5 days. This as you can imagine is very little time to meet and assess your patient, family, support systems, prior level of function, home support, medication and financial short comings etc.. Our team looks for every avenue available to make the work more fluid. We provide patients and families on campus the Retirement Connection booklets as they are well laid out and easy to navigate. We actually have folks who ASK US if we have a copy for reference while they sit in a room with their loved one. We love all the details you’ve added to the book at our request to ensure that we aren’t calling a facility that can’t meet the specific patient needs. WELL DONE!!!

When it’s not possible for them to be on campus or receive the tangible resource we direct them to your on line resource. We are so appreciative of your team’s creation of Care Availability.com as it allows us as a Regional Medical Center the ability to reach families who are often not within our community to provide them with this resource to view and select post-acute care options. They report the ease of use to research the appropriate level of care as well as your inclusion of Medicare.gov star ratings and finally they love any photos the facilities add to their listings to allow them the opportunity to visualize the facilities.

The one thing that EVERYONE….. not just my staff tell me every day…. Why can’t everyone update their availability? When they see weeks since last update they move on to the next facility. No one has the time to cold call every facility nor do they know that a Google search will provide them with as complete of a list as your booklet and online service provides.

Thank you for all you and your team do to assist case managers everywhere and most of all how your resources assist our patients/families. Because of your resources these folks can easily navigate what is often times a complex and unknown process.

Patrick Brodigan, Adult Behavioral Health (Marion County), Older Adult Behavioral Health Specialist

In my job as an Older Adult Behavioral Health Specialist I use resources in both the Retirement Connection print guide and web site. The information provided is important for the work I do. I love the fact that everything is laid out in a clear manner. I also refer colleagues to the Retirement Connection. Thanks for this vital community resource for the older adult population!

Nate Colwell, Leisure Care, Sales Manager

The advertisement dollars spent towards our spot in the guide was money well spent. This company circulates these guides in hospitals, clinics, and more. We have gotten a few move-ins already since advertising here in the guide and its only the second month in circulation. We also had a small issue with our electronic ad and Retirement Connection worked with us to fix it right away. Great company to work with.

Shellie Gehring, Patriot’s Glen, Bellevue

I have worked with Amy and her team since the inception of Retirement Connection. The professionalism and quality of the product never disappoints, in fact it gets better each year! Retirement Connection provides all of the necessary networking, contact information and events that keep Boomers, seniors, caregivers and providers “Connected” through this challenging time and well beyond. The newly added CareAvailability.com provides another streamlined tier to share and gather resources real time with a user friendly database.
I encourage everyone in our industry to use these invaluable resources to help patients, families, and health care teams self-navigate the complexities of searching for senior care in their communities!

Karen Richter, Case Manager Providence Health & Services

I use the Retirement Connection all the time, both as a resource for myself and for our patients.  I send it out to anyone who is interested in resources in the area and send an extra copy to family members that are not local so they can review the information together.  Even when I inform someone about a specific resource, I will send the booklet because you never know what other information may be useful.  Truly the Very Best Resource for patients in Southern Oregon!

Ashley Krause, Community Relations Director at Farmington Square Beaverton

I am the Community Relations Director at Farmington Square Beaverton Assisted Living and Memory Care. I often get calls from care managers or discharge planners from hospitals and rehabs. When I don’t have availability, I direct the inquirer to CareAvailability.com to help them find a community with openings. I also use it when I get calls for Medicaid and often times walk through the website with the family over the phone until they have a robust list of communities to call. I am so thankful for this website because it provides a much needed tool that saves time and resources. Families feel empowered being able to research quickly and conveniently.

Candy Sawyer RN, BSN, CCM, Regional Manager-IP Case Management

I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude for Amy Schmidt and her team at Retirement Connection.com. She is such an advocate for our processes in Case Management at Samaritan Health Services. With her team’s assistance we can coordinate monthly Care Transition meetings to better collaborate with our community partners. They can coordinate regular vendor fairs and impromptu sessions with focused groups as needed. We utilize the Resource Connection booklets on each of our campuses throughout our system as it is the most detailed complete resource available to our patients and families. We couldn’t perform our roles without this level of support we gain from Amy Schmidt and her team!

Anne Bellegia, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Congratulations on the extraordinarily well-organized and enjoyable 2019 release party. Amy Schmidt is due even greater appreciation for her tireless efforts to connect those in the aging services realm in Southern Oregon via S.O.N.A.R and for publishing such a helpful directory for older adults and their family members who are trying to navigate the complex world of supports for elders. Her values around community connections and improving the lives of seniors are admirable. It is refreshing to encounter a business founded on “doing good” and operating its multi-faceted services so well that it not only generates revenue for the business but also income for a growing number of staff who get to work in a mission-drive enterprise. You have used the Retirement Connection print guide or website to help refer people to services or communities listed in the guide