Read what Diamond Geriatrics care clients say
“Peter has helped me with the transition of my mother to a care facility. Without his help and listening skills, I don’t know how I would gotten through the process, particularly in figuring out how to work with government support services and looking for either a public or private residence for my mother to live. My mother is now safe and well cared for and I no longer carry the stress of thinking my mother will be living on the street.Thank you Peter!”
“Thank you so much, Peter. I was getting ready to admit defeat but I feel all revved up and ready to keep battling it out for my mom. You ve made me feel justified in my position, and also given me some very concrete suggestions that I m going to implement right away.”
“We know when there is a crisis, you are there and will hit the ground running for us.”
Wendy E., (Power of Attorney.)
“You were of so much value to me, as a family member living away–available, supportive, and confidentialâ€¦”
Alison B. (Daughter)
“I want to thank you very much for all your help over the last year. Your support meant a lot to me as I did my battle with the care center staff and I feel that I was lucky to find you.”
Frances S. (Daughter)
“Having you as our advocate these final months gave the family confidence that mom’s best interests were being supported by your knowledge and compassion. Connecting us …took a huge burden off D–and the rest of us….We send you our deepest appreciation for your service.”
“Peter – your insights on all aspects of this are so valuable and helpful!”
“Thank you for following up on the most current situation, M–is definitely in good hands with you working on her behalf.”
W.E., Power of Attorney, Representative.
“Thank you for all your help and support for this lady and her family. I was very impressed with your interest and advocacy for her.”
Dr. R., Vancouver, BC
“I appreciate your holistic approach to all the work we do together…
This is all very complicated for me, as I had very conflicted relationships with both my parents much of my life, so a great deal of pain and wounding has come up and I am sorting through a lot of it day-to-day.”
“I think you do a great job advocating for your clients – thoughtful in all meanings of the word.”
SH (RN, Head Nurse)
“Peter, you’ve been spectacular. We can’t thank you enough.”
“It is still a work in progress situation for me , but we are taking it one day at a time. Thanks again for giving us peace of mind….”
“Thank you for all your help …. All three of us felt that it was very productive. As you said, this is the beginning of a process. Your insights and caring are hugely valuable in all of this.”
“I just wanted to thank you for all your words of wisdom last year when I was going through all the stress of my Mom needing care…You provided me with answers to questions and gave me good advice…I am very grateful for that as when you are in the thick of it all it can seem rather hopeless and very frustrating especially dealing with our system of how senior care is handled.
The book I won, Nursing Homes and Assisted Living was very helpful. I will be passing it on to my friends who are just starting this process….I also enjoy the news letter that is sent out. It provides very good information.”
“I know that what you have done over the years for my Mother and me is wonderful.”
“I must express my gratitude for your wise counsel of last Friday. I don’t think I have ever had more thought provoking (counselling). You are amazing!!!… The knowledge and insight that I have gained through reading your book is immeasurable. I know now why I have been feeling as I do and your wisdom will help me through the anxious days ahead. I will reference your book many times as the events unfold. Your book will probably keep me sane and on course….”
“It was very helpful and comforting to have had your help,…getting some of the medical knowledge from the hospital…and helping us to figure things out…We would like to call on you in the future.”
Your work with both F– and D— has been very valuable in their transition first to (their care home), and then to separate accommodation within the facility, and subsequently with D— while he adjusted to F–‘s death.
RS (Trustee and Estate Manager)
“You saved an awful lot of time and from dead end treasure hunts.”
“I know that I’m speaking for all of the family when I say that we want her to have the best care possible until she takes her final breath. You’re presence I think goes a long way to make that possible…”
“I am so glad you are around, you people take such a load off my mind.”
CO (niece, caregiver)
“Many thanks for your work with Mrs. ( — ) . I know that you played a pivotal role in ensuring that her wishes were accurately reflected… ”
M (Portfolio Manager)
“Thank you for meeting with us. It gave us the confidence to take the steps we did and enjoy our holiday.”
CR (Daughter in law)
“We are so glad to have you; living out of town we don’t know what we would do without you”
Mrs. KH, Vancouver
“Thanks, Peter…You’re still proving yourself invaluable.”
“My family all died and I am alone, thank God I have you.”
Mrs. JS age 96, Vancouver
“Thank you for being so thoughtful in sending the picture of you and (C–). You’re right. I probably would not have recognized her and came close to tears. It has stimulated me to look for some photos of her last visit here which I will send on to her in the hope they might spark a memory or two. I wonder what goes on in her head – does she long to die or is she oblivious to all but the immediate moment? Who can guess?
Your pleasant face must be a welcome sight to those you visit and keep an eye on. Your work is socially redeeming, Peter, and I say again how grateful I am to receive your updates about (C–), my lost but present friend. Thank you.”
Edith G, Vancouver
“I’m so glad I have you. You’re like a friend I can talk to.”
Mrs. KO age 92, Vancouver
“I’m glad you are on our team.”
Diane S, Vancouver
“We have done amazing work… I am in such a better place emotionally than I have ever been in my life because of things you have made me think about and ideas you have provided me to help myself, my mother and my family situation..”
“Thank you very much for spending the time to speak to me last week. It was very valuable to get your perspective.”
“Thank-you for the information packed session last time we met… I referred (“–“) to you – I hope you will be able to help him find a better living situation for his mother.”
“I won’t be able to describe just how helpful Peter was but I’ll try. Some time back, my stepmother and stepfather had to move into a private facility on the North Shore. Shortly after that, my stepfather fell and broke his hip. While he was recovering in the hospital, we came to realize that he’d been covering up for my stepmother…she’d developed dementia. Their trustee recommended I call Peter, and I’m so glad I did.
There was a series of events the required Peter’s advice for about a year; and then in the middle of it all, my husband died. I was kind of lost, but Peter was a great help. He knew quite a bit about all of these types of situations and was able to give me a lot of advice. He didn’t overwhelm me with ideas, but he was firm when he felt it is was important. When things would be calmer for a while, Peter would be quietly in the background but if I needed him, he was always right there. And I always knew that if I got into trouble, I could phone him.
I don’t know what I would have done without him.”
“My sister’s financial advisor recommended Peter Silin when my sister, who had dementia, needed help. I used to go back and forth to Vancouver to visit her but I’m 80 now and it just gets to be too much. Peter helped to get my sister into a very good facility. I think she gets great care. I phone every week to check up on her and the gals there are wonderful. My brothers live near there and they also check in on her from time to time. Aside from regular care, we told Peter how much my sister had always loved music so he arrange for musical therapy for her. He also checks in on her and keeps me informed.
The thing about Peter is that he really cares. Since I can’t be the one to check in on her regularly, Peter makes me feel confident that everything will be taken care of.”
I’m the oldest of four. My father was in his 80’s and I was experiencing a fair amount of stress because I was really his primary caregiver. I was starting to feel frustrated and angry with my family and things were not going well with them. I tried to manage the conversations and still get my points across, but I just couldn’t do those two jobs at once whenever my family and I started to discuss my father so things went from bad to worse. I heard about Peter and I went to see him a few times. I found that helpful but it was even more helpful when he held some group sessions with my family.
Peter was very good at helping people to express themselves, share their feelings, and come up with a plan. He was also very good at helping me to hear what my family had to say. At first, I guess I didn’t want to hear their point of view. I thought mine was the only one that counted because in my opinion, I was doing all of the work. I wasn’t capable of dealing with their feelings as well as my own. But sometimes you need someone who isn’t directly in the situation; someone who can help you to deal with things in a positive way. Peter was very non-threatening. He was extremely good at making everyone feel heard. When I felt heard, I could begin to listen to everyone else and it really changed my thinking.
My father eventually passed away and that was hard, but because of the work Peter had done with us, the family was in a position where we could still talk with each other and make decisions and feel supportive of each other. Despite the circumstances of the whole thing, we’ve all ended up closer, rather than further apart. It was a very traumatic period of course, but in the end, when I think of what Peter was able to help us to do, it was well worth it.
A couple of years ago, my family noticed some personality changes with my Aunt, who is in Vancouver. Her financial advisor suggested it would be a good idea for my Aunt to have a health advocate, so we brought in Peter. He was right on. He helped to diagnose her, found her appropriate care, he took care of everything. We’re in our second year with Peter. Now he goes out and sees her regular to make sure she’s getting her needs met. The real benefit is that he knows what to look for. Family members don’t always know what to look for or who to talk to. He coordinates all of the information and he knows what questions to ask, how to assess people and places, and he can figure out where people need to be placed. For someone who’s in a different town from my Aunt, this service was invaluable. I also really liked the fact that he’s a mental health counsellor, so he can grasp pretty quickly the dynamics of a family.
I’ve got young children so I’ve felt a bit caught in the middle between caring for them and caring for an older member of my family. Peter has been a God send. His services are extremely valuable to a stressed out family!
I found myself in the hospital and confined to a wheelchair, but I was going to get discharged soon. I knew I couldn’t go back to my apartment. My trust company suggested that Peter might be able to help me. I met with him and he asked me all sorts of questions about what I was looking for. I really wanted to live in West Vancouver, where my apartment was. I knew all of the shops and I felt very comfortable there. But I knew from looking around on my own that I probably wouldn’t be able to stay there. The next best thing was North Vancouver and I considered Sunrise, but at that time they wouldn’t take me because I would be in a wheelchair, at least for a while. So we kept looking. Because of the level of care I needed, we looked further afield, but nothing seemed right and it came down to the crunch. So Peter went back to Sunrise and convinced them to take me. My niece checked it out and thought it looked great, so I went to look at it and I thought it was good as well.
The care here is great, the food is good. They have a bust that goes on three or four outings a week and they’re quite nice. There’s entertainment with music in the afternoons and sometimes I’ll take my team down there to enjoy it. I can get out with my scooter to the local mall – it’s pretty good. There’s a nice little book store and I can go get my hair done. The new library will be ready soon.
My suite faces the back. I look out over the terrace and I have a bird feeder that attracts chickadees and stellar jays. And we have a few squirrels that climb out to the feeder and do their little acrobatics and have a lovely time – it’s very entertaining to watch them.
This suits me for the moment. Peter was so helpful with the process. I don’t think I would have made it into here without his help.
I can never thank you enough for your help during our last appointment.