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Happy Retirement, Ellen!

April 5th, 2018

Ellen became part of the WALH family in 2015 as a caregiver then moved into the office in 2016 as a Care Coordinator. Ellen brought quick problem solving, scheduling finesse and a compassion for our clients in the Care Coordinator role. Her great sense of humor and deep commitment to doing all things with heart has made her an amazing employee and fantastic coworker.

Ellen will surely be missed by WALH’s clients, caregivers and office staff.

Good luck Ellen!

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Happy Administrative Professionals Day and Thank You Kathleen D’Amelio

April 22nd, 2015

Kathleen

Kathleen

Behind every successful business is a hard working Administrative Professional. Thank you Kathleen D’Amelio for your 5 years of support at With A Little Help. With your kind, wise, efficient, and mellow style you make all you do look easy.  Your essential behind the scenes contributions ensure that With A Little Help runs smoothly and eases the jobs of staff members.

Whether you’re supporting payroll, scheduling, or helping to organize and produce community events, Kathleen, you always keep in mind what’s important to your co-workers. Whether you’re ordering supplies, keeping our work on track, or assisting with caregiver trainings you offer constructive feedback and give compliments where deserved. When you come early because it’s needed or stay late out of necessity you work hard to reach our goals. Read the rest of this entry »

Liz Mulligan: From With A Little Help to Fighting Elder Fraud

December 20th, 2014

Liz Mulligan

Liz Mulligan

Liz Mulligan first witnessed elder fraud while working with a client of With A Little Help. Since tracking down over $200,000 stolen by the client’s bookkeeper she’s gone on to establish a full time fraud fighting business: Fraud Resolution for seniors, LLC. “I was so gratified to help someone straighten out finances,” she said reflecting on that first experience. Liz sat down with us to talk about the most frequent fraud problem she sees and to share thoughts on how to protect the elders in your life from financial harm.

Charitable holidays bring out our urge to help. Sensational fraud cases make headline news but the dishonest nickel and dime charities that appeal to our giving spirit are the most frequent fraud problem facing elders. Many elders or casual donors don’t track these small contributions nor do they research the charities they benefit and that’s what small time fraudulent operators count on! “One year a client donated $9,000 in $10 and $15 dollar donations,” Mulligan recalled.  Read the rest of this entry »

Remembering Kate Lounsbury

November 2nd, 2014

In early December friends and coworkers of Kate Lounsbury gathered on the Bainbridge Island Ferry to remember and celebrate her life. The Bainbridge ferry paused briefly as friends released Kate’s ashes.  Kate battled large B Cell Lymphoma for several months before exercising her right to Death With Dignity under Washington’s 2008 law. With assistance from Compassion and Choices, she died peacefully at home among friends on October 26, 2013.

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A Personal Look At Death With Dignity

November 2nd, 2014

Kate, second from left, with friends from the dance world

Kate, second from left, with friends from the dance world

Last October before our coworker Kate Lounsbury died of lymphoma she asked this blogger to write about her choice to use Washington’s Death With Dignity law to acquire legal aid in dying. Kate hoped it would promote wider public understanding. Before writing, I spoke with coworkers and friends and asked for their perspectives on Death With Dignity. Many had voted for Initiative 1000 which established the law with a 58.6% margin in 2008. All said they’d vote the same way again today. That was clear. But some expressed conflict about the actual act it legalized—aid in dying. Would I make that choice? they wondered aloud. How would I feel when someone I loved made that choice?! I think many people experience similarly unsettled emotions. Some are conflicted or opposed ideologically or because of religious faith. Complicating our feelings is the fact that death is rarely discussed in our culture and is hard to imagine. In that, Kate’s view differed from us all. She didn’t have comfortable distance from imminent death. She knew her life would end– painfully– and, understanding that, she was unwavering in her determination to choose the manner in which she left this world and her beloved friends behind. Read the rest of this entry »

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