ABOUT YOUR Daytona ADVISORS
Tom Mondloch, Certified Senior Advisor®
I grew up in the Midwest with a large extended family that included many elders. Some of my best childhood memories are of Sunday afternoons spent listening to stories of my grandparents, great-aunts and -uncles, and older family friends. In them I found wisdom, courage and caring. As I pursued college and a career, I followed my passion for elders by obtaining a master’s degree in aging and then, in serving the residents of retirement communities, assisted living and long-term care centers in three different states over the past 35 years. I am currently licensed as an Assisted Living Administrator and Nursing Home Administrator in the State of Florida.
I have come to believe that my purpose in life is simple – to love and serve others. In my work with Oasis Senior Advisors I fulfill my purpose by being of service to you and your family during this time of transition. I learned about Oasis Senior Advisors while working as the executive director of a large assisted living center in Jacksonville, Florida. Through the eyes of the elders and their families who came to visit our community, I experienced the highest level of customer service provided by our local Oasis Senior Advisors. Time after time, our assisted living center was identified by Oasis as a perfect fit for both the elders’ healthcare needs and their lifestyle preferences. We were able to partner with Oasis and the elders/families to achieve a successful transition. I now look forward to partnering with you and your family as an Oasis Senior Advisor.
Mona McPherson, Senior Living Advisor
It was the terminal illnesses of my mother who had Alzheimer’s and brother who had COPD that changed the terrain of my life’s purpose. When they passed away, I spent copious amounts of time dissecting the two years that I had devoted to their care. I realized the value in the knowledge that I had gained and wanted to put it to good use in the service of other families facing similar situations. The most important thing that I learned from my personal journey was that caregivers are waiting too late and risking too much before coming to the decision to place their loved one.
There are a variety of reasons why families don’t consider placement but the one I hear the most is that all too important “promise” not to put their loved one in a “home.” I made the same promises not realizing the mental, emotional and physical benefits that placement, within the right facility, can bring to families and those they care for. It took my father injuring his back while trying to dress my invalid mother that proved to be a game changer for our family. Without his ability to care for my mom during the day while I worked, we were facing a placement crisis. I say crisis because I quickly became overwhelmed with how much I didn’t know about facilities and even less about the steps I needed to take to make a smooth transition for my mother and brother. Looking back, I would have collapsed with the same relief that I see in many of the families I now serve; it makes all the difference to have assistance from a company such as Oasis Senior Advisors leading the way through the maze.
My mother and brother passed away before we had to make that last monumental move to a facility. It is not lost on me that there are many families standing in the shoes I once found myself in. They will need to make placement decisions and will feel just as lost and overwhelmed as I once was. I’m honored to have found a position as an Oasis Senior Advisor. We are a nationally known company with a stellar reputation for providing placement services to families in need. My colleagues and I understand that it is sacred ground that we are invited into when we meet families in need of our services. Each are met with the love and compassion needed to assist them through the placement process.