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making sure that he is getting the
right treatment:' said Larry, who
wished to withhold his last name
for privacy. "We don't have the back-
ground or knowledge to make sure
that the hospital is doing everything
it is supposed to be doing.
"Feinberg's nurses check Norman's
records and make sure that every-
thing is covered. It has been wonder-
ful having their help for everything,
even organizing the transportation."
Jayne agreed: "We really wanted
to share our experience in order to
help other families who may be fac-
ing similar situations. Hopefully, our
story will let them know that they
can get help, advice and support, too."
Last year, Feinberg Consulting
opened an office in Palm Beach
County in Florida, providing a service
to snowbirds whose families are else-
where in the country. "In this econ-
omy, it is very difficult for people to
travel to be with their parents when
a parent is
Feinberg said. "We can
organize treatment, transportation
and look at social and psychosocial
needs. We basically act as their advo-
cate so they can live life to the fullest."
Feinberg Consulting has recently
hired a nurse care manager in
western Michigan to cater to the
catastrophically injured and elderly
population in that part of the state.
For people of all ages who are
recovering from serious illnesses,
or who have been in a devastat-
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