Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Local Therapist Creates Comprehensive Guide for Seniors

Max Compton, creator of the Senior Comfort Guide got his start through his work as a psychological counseling provider to longterm care facilities. It was there that he began to notice a pervasive issue amongst residents. "The number one issue that comes up in counseling sessions," he said, "is adjustment. The resident [feels] they are in the wrong facility or not getting the right services that they need. The reason for this is that they are admitted to the hospital--through the emergency room, usually--and then when they're discharged, they only have a day or two … and they can't go back home. They're placed at a facility, or they need services they weren't getting prior to admission into the hospital, and they've got to make quick decisions. Sometimes [with] those quick decisions, you don't always choose the right company or the right service; you just choose a service or a facility. … A patient can lose their timing, lose their health, lose their well-being just from not getting [into] the right facility[.] That's what got me thinking, hey, we've got to make a tool that's an easy tool, comprehensive, unbiased, that has everything in it. We started off with a web guide and now we've moved on to the print guide."

Creating Option Awareness

"Senior Comfort Guide is a helpful, complete tool for senior services and senior facilities for the geriatric population of Northeast Ohio," said Compton. "It's a spring-bound guide that lists [everything] from hospitals to senior centers to home healthcare to all the service providers. Then, in the back of the guide, it has a list of all the nursing homes, assisted living and independent living [facilities] throughout [the area]."

The guide is useful not only to elders and their family members and caretakers, but it also has proven to be incredibly helpful for area facilities when it comes to having a quick place to turn to for any senior services they may need to call upon. "A lot of the healthcare providers have been telling me that it's basically their little 'bible' that they keep in their bag or on their desk," Compton shared. "The goal is, we provide it to the providers and the case managers of hospitals and we put it in the right places so that the seniors and their loved ones can find it and pick up a copy so that when it's time for them to make a decision, they have all the information [they need] in their hands."

What they have found, Max said, is that people often have only heard of some of the big-name care facilities and providers when they go to look for options. In such cases, they often feel that these major players are their only choices. However, there are a wide variety of excellent smaller facilities and providers that may suit the individual or the family better. The Senior Comfort Guide, therefore, was created to be a comprehensive listing of the many options available to seniors in Northeast Ohio, with no favor being paid to the larger, better-advertised companies. "The point of making a comprehensive guide," he said," is to show loved ones and family members and aging people that there are options out there, and there are many options out there."


Here at HandyPro, we make your well-being our priority. Our interview series goes hand-in-hand with that effort, and we hope you find it helpful! For more information on how we can help you make your home a home for life, visit us at or call me (Brian Pritchard) at 216-212-7531.

If you would like to learn more about Senior Comfort Guide, you can visit them on the web at or reach them by phone at 216-292-8486.

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