Date: April 23, 2015
Gaitway of Charlotte
Your services were exceptional and a great comfort my family. My mom has mid to late stage Alzheimer’s and we needed more than what we were getting from medical doctors. Your cognitive study and analysis helped us clearly understand where mom is on her journey and provided us with recommendations to help her stay comfortably and safely at home. Recommendations included: licensed contractor who modified bathrooms, physical therapist, inhome safety change, and adult supervision for Mom. Having my Dad hear these from a professional with the data behind it made it easier for him to understand and accept Mom’s stage and make necessary changes.
Alison, your compassion for the aging and their families is evident in the delicate way you handle all communication. You are providing a much-needed service and I would highly recommend Gaitway of Charlotte for any family who has a loved one with dementia or aging challenges.
With much gratitude,
Daughter of Alzheimer’s patient
July 7, 2015
It was very comforting having you as a resource for my mom as she relocated her sick husband from Florida to Charlotte. The medical community here is intimidating for a newcomer, especially for one with a sick spouse. Thanks for making a difficult situation so much easier by finding her the best providers.
The value that Gaitway of Charlotte brought to our challenging situation was enormous – it is without reservation that I recommend you and your services at Gaitway to any prospective clients.
To whom it may concern: Jan 10th, 2017
Alison Starkey at Gaitway of Charlotte LLC, has been under my employ for several months caring for my good friend Alan for whom I am power of attorney. Alan has had multiple medical problems and is an eccentric character. Alison’s firm, Gaitway of Charlotte, were consulted to assist us with getting Alan as mobile as possible in preparation for a more independent environment. I have had many Physical Therapists work with Alan in the past – none of them were of the caliber of Alison Starkey. She brings years of experience in dealing with folks with complicated medical issues and is clearly comfortable with individuals with complex neurological issues. She was able to get through to Alan in a way that no Physical Therapist has been able to before. As a result, she was able to get Alan to a much higher level of function, as well as train his caregivers on how to get him to help himself with activities of daily living. Alison brings enormous value to her clients.
Alison is a strong communicator and usually calls me after sessions to let me know how he is doing. She has been integral in getting Alan on a schedule, shaving and bathing himself despite his reluctance at times to participate. She has been a ready and reliable resource to problem solve and advise through the challenging issues that surround caregivers of folks with multiple medical problems and has been his advocate at every opportunity. When others may have either given up or just gone through the motions, Alison continued to be passionate and focused on driving to the objectives at hand for Alan. Alison is also of high integrity. When she thought, Al didn’t need her services as often as he was receiving them she suggested less visits. This is a characteristic that is priceless in both the cost and the care of a loved one. She is also very connected to various health care advisors and facilities. She is extremely helpful in providing direction to health care resources in a very confusing and frustrating system.
I am happy to recommend Alison and her company Gaitway of Charlotte LLC.
To whom it may concern: February 23, 2017
I have known Alison Starkey, PT for a number of years as we both work in the Senior Care Industry in Charlotte NC. Alison is a confident, highly professional and compassionate individual – I was so impressed with her that I hired her to evaluate my own dad. Alison is more than your average Physical Therapist that helps you to gain strength back and maneuver with assistive devices. Her forte is home safety for the elderly and disabled enabling them to remain as independent as possible in their own home. Her extremely comprehensive evaluation is over 3 hours. The times goes fast as she is listening and engaging your parent(s) in conversation, easily allowing them to speak openly about very difficult topics. She will make them feel comfortable, allowing them to answer the difficult questions honestly. Following the evaluation, she wrote up all of the discussion and her findings in a professional and polished report. She was able to communicate with me at my level, and held respect for the knowledge I did have as well as offering insight into some of her findings that were, honestly, surprising to me.
With safety and ease of performing their activities of daily living (bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting) being the focus, Alison brings all kinds of every day solutions to the table – some were sensible quick fixes and others were more towards potential renovations that also made perfect sense to provide the safest environment for not only my dad but also my aging mom. The home evaluation, comprehensive report and suggestions to provide the safest home for an aging parents is a TREMENDOUS value. Worth EVERY penny. The nominal investment I know will pay dividends in prevention of injuries. Again, Alison is so much more than a Physical Therapist. She is clearly comfortable with seniors and they enjoy her too. Her experience in dealing with elderly and their medical problems shone through in all that she said. She is able to gain trust and buy in easily – so hard for any caregiver or adult child to establish with their own parents. She is clearly passionate about her work and it shows when she interacts with clients.
I recommend Alison and her company Gaitway of Charlotte LLC, without any hesitation! I will continue to encourage my clients to hire Alison to help keep their dear parent, aunt, uncle, grandparent or neighbor at home safely. I promise you will not be disappointed!
Respectfully, Donna L Schaefer Certified Senior Advisor and Owner of CarePatrol of Charlotte
Letter of Recommendation – Gaitway of Charlotte: October 26, 2016
Alison offered positive solutions to our concerns about my husband’s dementia. We appreciated her referrals- especially the doctor in Chapel Hill NC and the driving evaluation. This alone was well worth the money for Alison to help us.
Thanks Alison for all of the extra time you gave both me and John.
Lee Anne H.