Often life changes leave seniors in a predicament, whether it is loss of mobility, the death of a spouse, the need to downsize or need for increased care.
For approximately two years now, a group of professionals in the Hartford area has been there to help with such situations.
“We are a group of caring professionals,” said Lisa Barall-Matt, a Realtor with Re/Max and president of the Greater Hartford Alliance of Professionals Helping Seniors. “We want to be the go-to group when a life event happens.”
The alliance, part of a national organization, includes an accountant, reverse mortgage specialist, an elder care attorney, financial planner, geriatric care manger and more.
Those diverse professional gives the group the chance to help seniors in a wide variety of situations, said Barall-Matt, a resident of Canton.
And while anyone seeking advice could potentially hire someone in the group, there is no charge for short-term help and consultation.
Members of the group said with so many scams and other snares out there, it’s important to help people find the right track.
“We can’t stop all of it but we can be the eyes and ears for seniors,’ said audiologist Dr. Lynn Firestone, who has offices in Farmington and Manchester.
And if someone does need additional help referrals are often made outside the group.
The group meets on a regular basis at Chatfield in West Hartford to discuss issues or particular cases.
However, members are in constant contact and can easily reach out to each other as needed, Barall-Matt said.
Find out more about the group and how to reach out for their advice at http://greaterhartfordalliance.org or call (860) 249-1128.