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