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Episode from the podcastThe Oasis Network Podcast

161 - Adventures In Nana - Sitting - Melanie Phillips

Released Sunday, 19th August 2018
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Featured Speaker: Melanie Phillips, "Adventures in Nana-Sitting"
Musical Guest: Joe Schoonover

Many of us will find ourselves in the position of being a caretaker for an elderly family member. At some point, we will all be planning for end-of-life care and arrangements for family or ourselves. In 2015, Melanie and her sister, Kristin, took on a new role: Caretakers for Grandma. Their grandmother was ready (not of her own choosing) to transition from an independent living community in Maryland to an assisted living/skilled nursing facility. They discussed the idea of how “cool” it would be to have Grandma move out here and proposed the idea to their mom and aunt. Thus, the “Adventures in Nana-Sitting” began.

About the speaker:
Melanie was born and raised in Northeastern Ohio. She earned her B.S. in Hearing and Speech Sciences from Ohio University, her M.A. in Audiology from Kent State University and her Doctorate of Audiology (Au.D.) from University of Florida. She has spent her 20-year career caring for the hearing-impaired population in South Carolina, Kansas and Missouri. She has been a member of the Northland Professionals in Aging, an instructor for community education programs and a guest speaker at conferences, civic organization meetings and senior living residential facilities. She volunteered in the KC Oasis leadership role of child care coordinator for 2½ years. Every day, Melanie works with her patients and their families to improve their communication strategies and quality of life. Melanie lives with her son and three furbabies in Liberty, Missouri. She loves to travel, spend time with her loved ones and sing karaoke. She is a collector of Pez.

Recorded at Kansas City Oasis on July 29, 2018.
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