Topeka Capital-Journal Interview

 Posted by FMS SuperAdministrator on September 8, 2015 at 3:06 PM

Caring Transitions, a business that attempts to smooth transitions when someone moves to a health care facility or after a death, has opened a franchise serving northeast Kansas.

Ken France and Suzette Mack, who are spouses and co-owners of Caring Transitions in the Heartland, said they are working with families and long-term care facilities in Shawnee, Douglas, Leavenworth and Wyandotte counties. They contract for the actual moving of furniture and boxes, but their primary work is assisting families with planning what possessions to keep or get rid off when a person needs to downsize or dies, France said. It was a speciality they got interested in after Mack’s parents died and they had to go through the process of sorting and selling their belongings, he said.

Mack said transitions are emotional, both for the person moving to a facility and his or her family. A person may not be able to take all of his or her possessions that had meaning, but they can ease the process by listening to the person’s stories, taking photographs of items that won’t fit into a new living space and suggesting the person donate treasured possessions to his or her church or a favorite charity, she said.

“The first thing we’ll do is go to their home and sit and listen to them,” she said.

France said they also use a software program that shows how items of different dimensions might fit in the person’s new room. They work with all of the nursing homes in Topeka and are familiar with room layouts, he said.

“We don’t want them taking stuff that’s not going to fit,” he said.

If a family needs to sell excess possessions, they can set up an estate sale or online auction, Mack said. They also can clean a house to help prepare it for sale, she said.

People who want to plan ahead for their long-term care needs also can hire them to help go through belongings, Mack said. Doing so can take one burden away for a person’s loved ones in the event of a medical emergency, she said.

“It’s nice if a family has a lot done ahead of time so they can focus on their loved one,” she said.

All employees have to pass a background check. For more information, call (913)488-6397, email KFrance@CaringTransitions.net or SMack@CaringTransitions.net, or visit www.CaringTransitionsHeartland.com.

 

August 2015 interview by the Topeka Capital-Journal.  Check out the full article here.