Mary Marita is Senior Vice President and COO at Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging. She has 22+ years of executive and administrative leadership in the aging field including long-term care and community-based organizations and is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator. In 2012, Marita was recognized by Crain's in the 40 Under 40 awards and was honored as a YWCA Woman of Professional Excellence. Lisa Weitzman is the Benjamin Rose Institute Care Consultation Manager of Business Development. She holds an LISW-S license and Dementia Care Specialist certification. She has a passion for social justice and the social determinants of health as they pertain to older adults aging well in the community.
Senior Placement Services
No Service Fees*
Find Senior Living and Care Options
*most residential placement service fees are paid by the senior communities themselves
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 in St. Louis County - 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.
“8 Steps to Senior Placement”
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.
“8 Additional Ways We Can Help You”
Beyond Driving With Dignity
Erin is a Beyond Driving With Dignity professional through Keeping Us Safe, LLC. Through this program, Erin helps seniors and their families determine if now is the time to retire from driving. Through cognitive and driving exercises done in the privacy of the senior's home and with his/her own vehicle, Erin comes to visit the senior and aids the family and their senior driver make informed, safe decisions about driving a vehicle.
Please see the informational video below and contact Erin for more information:
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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.
Erin Dwyer and Rhizza Hickham
Erin Dwyer has always had a career in the helping professions. Her BA in Psychology is from the U. of Notre Dame and her Masters of Science is in Communication Disorders. She spent the last 16 years working with children and adults with special needs as a speech therapist in the St. Louis area. Erin has worked in hospitals, clinics, and both public and private school settings. She has experience with treating clients who have had strokes, traumatic brain injuries, swallowing disorders, aphasia, apraxia, vocal disorders, & hearing impairments.
Erin decided to start her SCA business with her friend Marie “Rhizza” Hickham because she saw the growing number of Baby Boomers and their families seeking guidance in choosing assisted living or memory care facilities, seeking safety staying in the home, & easing transitions into facilities.
Erin, a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA), is eager & pleased to assist families with any and all services related to ElderCare consulting, senior advocacy, and determining the best residential care homes or assisted living communities for your loved ones in St. Louis City & County.