“Caring for Seniors” with Mary Daniel from Caregivers for Compromise

Each week on “Caring for Seniors,” our hosts sit down with those who are hard at work in the community, making sure our elders are properly cared for. This week, David Stieglitz and Adrienne Houghton talk to Mary Daniel from Caregivers for Compromise.

Caregivers for Compromise is a coalition of leadership from across the United States who are working toward alternative solutions to the isolation of residents in long term care facilities as a response to COVID-19.

To learn more, visit https://caregivers4compromise.com.

Short Company Description: Mary Daniel’s husband, Steve was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2013 at the age of 59 and is a resident at Rosecastle at Deerwood Memory Care Center in Jacksonville. In July 2020, Mary gained national attention after taking a job as a dishwasher at Rosecastle so that she could be with Steve after being separated for 114 days during the COVID-19 lockdown. Her grassroots efforts, including her Facebook group Caregivers for Compromise – because isolation kills too! which has 14,000 members and group pages in every state, got the attention of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis who named Mary to the Florida Task Force on the Safe Reopening of Long-Term Care Facilities. The recommendations of the Task Force were accepted by the Governor on September 1, 2020 and Essential Caregivers were allowed back in facilities to see their loved ones.

Give a brief description on what you would like to discuss on the show.: Happy to discuss the Caregivers for Compromise group and our continued efforts for long term care visitation.

What makes your company unique?: We’re grassroots, patient focused volunteer group!

How did you get your start in the industry?: My company, ClaimMedic has been a medical billing advocacy company since 2016 but I’m now concentrating on Long Term care visitation.

How is your business handling the COVID situation?: My business hasn’t been directly effected by COVID but our advocacy is directly related.
What advice would you give to someone just getting their start in the industry?: Get involved in networking groups to meet other professionals like Dave.

What’s your favorite way to get involved in the community?: Volunteer in areas of interest!