Stephanie Raffelock is a graduate of Naropa University’s program in Writing and Poetics. She’s worked as a freelance writer for publications that include The Rogue Valley Messenger, Nexus Magazine, Omaha Lifestyles, and SixtyandMe.com. As host for the podcast, Coffee Table Wisdom, Stephanie promotes embracing the accumulating years with purpose, intention and joy. She is the author of the book “A Delightful Little Book on Aging.”
Senior Placement Services
No Service Fees
Find Senior Living and Care Options
Making the right care decision for your loved one can be a daunting task filled with stress, tension and pressure. There are so many assisted living, memory care, nursing, and other care options available North Carolina and South Carolina - the terminology is often unfamiliar. Senior Care Authority® will streamline the process to make it easier for you to make an informed decision.
Our national team of Senior Care Advisors spends countless hours inspecting locations, from mid-to-larger size communities as well as smaller, residential care homes, meeting the staff and reviewing state reports to advise you of any citations that may have been issued against a particular location.
A Senior Care Advisor will meet personally with you to discuss your options, accompany you on visits to locations and ensure that all your questions are answered. The hallmark of our service commitment is that we are by your side every step of the way. We would be happy to put you in contact with an advisor in your area who will provide you with expert advice on any of the assisted living locations listed in our directory of locations.
Elder Care Consulting
Service Fees May Apply
Get individualized assistance with your loved one
Sometimes our families just need more help with challenging transitions and decision-making. This may include facilitating essential conversations between family members, home care agency or caregiver selection, connections to valuable resources or regular visitations with a loved one providing "peace of mind" to family members when they are unable to visit themselves.
It can be comforting to have someone partner with you who is outside the emotional landscape of the family, doing research, talking to providers, organizing paperwork, or finding those "needle in a haystack" resources. A go-to person you can turn to when things get overwhelming. Whatever the need, we can customize our services for your family or provide you with vetted referral sources.
Top 10 signs your loved ones may need senior care
Increased falls or risk of falls
Wandering from home
Wearing the same clothes multiple days
Frequently forgetting to take medications
An unsafe/unclean home
Difficulty with one or more activites of daily living such as bathing, preparing meals, toileting.
Need for nighttime supervision that cannot be met by in-home caregiver.
Repeating questions and multiple phone calls with the same questions.
Not eating or drinking fluids regularly
Unsafe behavior (leaving the stove on, exterior doors opened)
We Do The Homework For You
Our process is aimed at relieving you of the stress and confusion in finding the right care needs.
In our initial conversation, we will seek to get a comprehensive understanding of your elder care needs, answer your questions and set up a time to meet with you.
We meet with you personally and present the senior living alternatives that provide the safety, care, and comfort you expect and that meet your location and affordability requirements.
After identifying the providers that will meet your needs, we schedule tours and accompany you to each community. Once your selection is made, we can assist with the paperwork and arrangements for moving.
We will follow up with you to ensure that the location chosen is meeting the care, comfort, and safety needs of your loved one. We are always available to answer any questions you might have free of charge.
Mike is a member in good standing and certified by the Society of Certified Senior Advisors. He has lived in North and South Carolina for over 25 years where he filled executive level positions in Fortune 500 companies. After a successful career in business building and leading teams, he chose to redirect his energy and experiences toward helping aging adults and their families live their lives as independently and safely as possible, always preserving dignity.
Mike, and his wife Tammy have personal experiences leading to this decision. Caring for both Mike's and Tammy's parents for years created both a passion and an understanding for the needs facing older adults and their families. Dealing with the complexities of challenging decisions facing our aging adults is the area where Mike wants to contribute and make a difference.
Mike is the expert on all types and options for assisted living in the North and South Carolina areas he serves. He visits and researches every facility in the area, and scrutinizes state inspection and complaint reports. He would never recommend a location that he would not choose for his own parents.
Mike's approach to helping clients assess their needs and find a safe and caring facility includes getting to know them and their concerns during 'one-on-one' meetings, accompanying them on tours of facilities that meet their wants & needs, ensuring all the questions are asked & answered, helping with any paperwork, aiding with any needs leading up to, during, and after any relocation. The 'perfect choice the first time' is his goal.
When not working to make a difference in his client's lives, Mike & Tammy enjoy family time with their daughter, son-in-law, and 2 incredible grand-kids. Mike volunteers with the York County Council on Aging, Charlotte Friendship Trays, Alzheimer Organization events, and his local church family. Mike & Tammy enjoy all that Charlotte and Upstate SC have to offer in hiking, sports, and entertainment.