What is the Circle of Support?

Gina and I have learned that taking care of parents involves more than just focusing on home care and/or personal health. Caring for loved ones at home by themselves can require the help of a number of service providers that are experts in their fields.

resources circle of support

Here’s a real life example from our experience caring for our parents remotely. First, there was a leak in the roof that needed immediate repair. Who should we call? Then Mom and Dad needed help making payments on bills and penalties on overdue payments.

Then, just when we thought it couldn’t get any worse, we get a call from my brother. Turns out Mom was hurt in a fall she didn’t tell me about because she didn’t want me to feel bad because I am doing so much already.

We knew the house could use a major reorganization and a good safety check but we didn’t have time to get around to discussing it with Mom nor did we know anybody that could help.

Our challenge was that we have full-time jobs and live far away from Mom and there’s no immediate family nearby to help. What do we do? Who could we turn to for advice and help?

It Takes a Village—The Circle of Support

There are great people and companies that can help. Your loved ones are at the center of the circle of support. It’s about creating an excellent support network of resources that provide a critical component in the total care solution for seniors.

The Aware Senior Care Circle of Support (below) gathers community resources that are there to help in their particular area of expertise:


Meet Our Circle

Care Management and Advocacy:

Aging Advisors NC

Liisa Ogburn

AgingAdvisorsNC services are focused on helping individuals and their families plan for or respond to the needs that arise during the last years of life.


Meike West

The LifeLinks team in Raleigh, NC is ready to assist Wake County families with aging loved ones or younger adults with special needs. LifeLinks is contracted through Wake County to provide public guardianship. Their outstanding reputation has led courts to recommend LifeLinks to families or individuals looking for a private guardianship or for someone to serve as a Healthcare Power of Attorney.


Nancy Ruffner

NAVIGATE NC offers professional advocacy and care management services for seniors and their families. Advocates serve as your ‘Professional Relative’, local eyes and ears who can step in when you cannot be there. We work in direct service to individuals and their family, not the hospital, not the insurance company.  You.

Dignified Living

Ellen Borenstein

As a certified Geriatric Care Manager my mission is to help clients:

  • Create a safe environment whether at home or in a community with solution to meet short and long term goals.
  • Identify and manage available services, supports and care solutions.
  • Be an Advocates for the family who has limited time or expertise in managing their loved one’s daily needs.

Home Health and Hospice:

Transitions LifeCare provides a comprehensive circle of expert care and support. What’s more, Transitions LifeCare offers education as well as emotional and spiritual support for the patient’s entire family.  Our services are tailored to meet the exact needs, wishes and goals of each patient and family member.

kindred gentiva

As America’s home health and hospice leader, the Gentiva family of companies has been bringing great healthcare home for four decades. Our care is defined by our clinical expertise and the compassion we deliver to 80,000 patients a day – one patient at a time.

At Heartland Hospice, our care teams strive to support our patients and their family members whenever life presents the most significant challenges. When you need care, we’re ready to provide it.

Adult Day Care, Meal Prep, Transportation and Pharmacy Delivery:

health park pharmacy

One of the most important ways you can manage your health is by taking your medicine as directed.  Health Park Pharmacy is a full service pharmacy that simplifies this process for you.  We also offer immunizations, home delivery and Medicare Part D Plan Comparisons.

Contact Info:
8300 Health Park
Raleigh, NC, 27615

hayes barton pharmacy

“At Hayes Barton Pharmacy, our primary concern is our patient’s health. Through education and personal care, we have proudly served our community for more than 75 years.  We understand how important medications are to maintaining independence and how incredibly difficult that can become.  Our programs today are designed to make managing your medications much easier.   Our synchronization program allows patients to receive all of their medications once per month.  We also offer medication packaging for those who need help organizing their own medications.  These products and others are complimented by our FREE delivery with the goal of keeping you healthy and independent.”

Contact Information:
Hayes Barton Pharmacy
Brent Talley, Pharmacy Manager
2000 Fairview Rd.
Raleigh, NC 27608

chefs for seniors

Chefs for Seniors

Zach Merritt

Chefs For Seniors is a local meal service that connects seniors with licensed, professional chefs who prepare high-quality, affordable, and nutritious meals in the home.


Marcia Jarrell

SarahCare specializes in caring for those with cognitive challenges and has provided exceptional daytime senior care and activities in the Raleigh area since 2009.  We know that seniors have varying levels of health, wellness and interests. We have activities and services geared toward everyone. Personalized care plans, collaboration with your senior’s health care providers and input from your loved one enable us to embrace any challenges associated with day-to-day care and therapy.

Home Renovations, Organization, Moving & Relocation Technology, Estate Sales:

Your Next Move

Julie Kopetsky

Your Next Move is a highly qualified team of senior relocation specialists providing individualized attention and care for families and individuals moving from their home into senior housing. We conduct a detailed needs assessment with the family to determine best housing options and provide details on the available senior communities that would be the best fit.  We also have a team of Realtors who specialize in working with seniors and we are your project manager through every step of the home sale from working with contractors and movers, to staging your home and planning estate sales, to ensure a smooth, respectful and successful transition.

Here to Home

Jennie Alwood

Our mission is to gracefully transition people who are downsizing, moving, or setting up a new home.  Changes in life are inevitable.  They don’t have to be stressful.

Blue Moon Estate Sales was originally founded in Raleigh North Carolina in 2009.  With multiple locations serving every major city in North Carolina, our specialists are committed to consistently meeting our customer’s needs. Blue Moon provides residential, commercial, and moving liquidation services with your preferences and needs in mind. With our dedication to high standards and excellence of service, we ensure our clients are always satisfied.  We help hundreds of families a year, let us help yours.

Phone: (844) 425-8387

We assist seniors with the physical and emotional process of moving from their current home to a new residence – whether it’s a senior living community or a place near family. We also help people who decide to “age in place”​ by creating a safer and more functional space of their existing home.

Mr. Handyman of Western Wake County, servicing Cary, Morrisville, Apex, Holly Springs surrounding areas, is a professional, safe, reliable handyman service for your entire “To Do” list. We specialize in many major and minor home repairs as well as some commercial maintenance.Our skills include drywall repair, wood rot repair, siding repair, furniture assembly, hanging ceiling fans, light fixtures, bathroom updates and so much more. We’re trustworthy and provide a convenient one-call solution with a safe, worry-free experience. Mr. Handyman is fully insured with general liability and workers’ compensation. Our workmanship is guaranteed.

Sadler Construction is the Triangle’s only CAPS certified home builder that is focused exclusively on designing, renovating and constructing barrier-free, accessible homes and remodels. We believe that everyone deserves to live as independently as possible for as long as possible. A Sadler home makes long-term independence a reality.

Financial Planning, Bill Pay and Estate Sales:

integrity money management
Integrity Money Management provides personal bookkeeping and Daily Money Manager services.  We help seniors manage their day-to-day monetary affairs such as paying bills, preparing budgets & tracking expenses, organizing financial documents & reviewing medical insurance documents to ensure proper processing of claims.
Contact Info:
Phone:   (919) 720-2950
E-mail: khankins(at)integritymoneymanagement.com

Estate Planning and Elder Law, Financial and Veterans Assistance:

At Carolina Family Estate Planning, we understand that creating an estate plan is not the easiest topic to discuss.  Perhaps the discussion started after a major life change, like a birth in the family or a loved one’s move to a nursing home. Regardless of the reason, rest assured that our firm is dedicated to providing members of the communities of North Carolina with extensive resources to help you make the best decision for you and your family.

Contact Info:

201 Commonwealth Ct. #100
Cary, NC 27511

Specializing in Elder Law, Estate Planning Law, Legal Documents, and Medicaid/Veteran Affair Planning.

Contact Info:
5540 Centerview Drive
Raleigh, NC, 27606

Glass Law Group, LLC

F. Stephen Glass

We are proven leaders in the field ofEstates [Estate Planning, Estate Administration], Trusts [Revocable, Irrevocable, Special Needs, IRA/Complex], Business law [Corporation, Incorporation, Limited Liability, Employment Law], and Litigation for decades.  They have been awarded numerous achievements and honors from our industry peers, not just ‘paid for’ awards.

We focus on helping our community and our practice reflects those values. Additionally, our administrative and paralegal team are both highly skilled and compassionate, understanding, and easy to work with. We take pride in doing our best on every case and for every client and our goal is to provide you with the highest level of service possible. Our passion is people and helping them achieve the satisfaction in knowing that they are taking care of themselves and their families through planning for the future.

Enrichment, Education, Insurance, and Wellness:

We have a passion for telling stories, your story, every story. We are award-winning media, broadcasting, and corporate communications professionals, journalists and producers trained to make the interview process easy and comfortable, uncover the best stories, and present them in an engaging way. We have devoted our careers to helping people tell their stories. We understand and appreciate the importance of preserving family, business and other legacies. We’re fun to work with, love what we do, and always make sure you do too!

Fourie Group

Judy Fourie

Fourie Group is a full service insurance agency specializing in health insurance for all ages as well as supplemental plans such as life, hospital indemnity, long term care and Medicare Supplements.

Cary Senior Center, located within Fred G. Bond Metro Park, provides opportunities for ages 55+ to Create Active Retirement Years! You will enjoy a variety of fitness classes, recreation activities, arts, information & referral, volunteer opportunities, clubs and many other events. The center is available for you to rent for your private event. It’s within walking distance of Bond Park Community Center and your link to many greenways throughout the park and town.

STEPS for Recovery

Katie Stephens

At STEPS for Recovery, we believe in an individualized approach to physical, occupational and speech therapy that focuses on helping each of our clients to achieve the life goals and roles that they desire. We pride ourselves on our specialty-trained, highly skilled therapists who are here to help you get results and reach your life participation goals.

While we are able to work with clients with most any diagnosis or issue, we currently have four specialty therapeutic programs: Postural Restoration for individuals with pain, Stroke/Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury and Balance/Vestibular for individuals with dizziness, unsteadiness and fear of falling.

Physical Therapy 2 You

Dr. Joe Rattien, DPT

Dr. Joe Rattien, DPT has been practicing for over 13 years.  Dr. Joe tries to appreciate the “big picture” and realizes that a patient’s dysfunction does not always from the site of pain.

He has advanced training in treating both the spine and pelvis using using various techniques which included, muscle energy techniques, soft tissue work and spine mobilization.  Dr. Joe also treats a wide variety of balance patients including patients with Benign Vertigo (BPPV) which he can terminate their symptoms immediately usually with 1 treatment!

Dr. Joe lived in Spain and is fluent in Spanish.

His hobbies include spending time with his wife and 2 girls, traveling, and entertaining his cats.


email: joe(at)physicaltherapy2you.com
phone: 919-345-9196
fax: 206-309-0272

Statement about company:

Physical Therapy 2 You, LLC prides itself in delivering quality, consistent and competent skilled therapy to patients throughout the RTP area.  We always provide 1 on 1 care!  You do NOT have to be home-bound to be seen.