Testimonials

I had the pleasure of working with Melonie Pratt for almost five years, in my role as social worker for older adults in the Capital Region. When I referred clients to Melonie, I knew that they would get the best possible information and expert assistance. Melonie has great empathy for seniors in need of a new home. She understands how difficult it is to make a change, especially for an older person. There is no one more knowledgeable than Melonie; she would advise families about the latest in housing options and how to help with the financial side through help from the Veterans Administration,etc. I know her to be highly ethical and very trustworthy. I always did a follow up with my clients after they moved–those who worked with Melonie reported being very pleased with their new home and with the service she provided (at no charge to seniors!)” Stephanie Wolos, Service Coordinator
Beltrone Living Center


Ruth Ormsby
Memory Care Specialist

I have had the pleasure of getting to know Melonie. She is professional, compassionate and knowledgeable, always looking out for her clients best interest. It is evident that Melonie was meant to help Seniors – she is a natural.

 


Bill Bathalon
Atria Senior Living | Top Sales Perfomer | Senior Living Sales and Marketing

I’ve had the great pleasure of working with Melonie for the past year. She’s compassionate, understanding and dillegent in her objective for finding the best possible solution for her clients. Her dedication and compassion is most evident in her work ethic. She is valuable partner and most respected and trusted colleague. I would trust Melonie with my own family.

 


Nicolle Mallinson
Labor and Delivery RN at Burdett Care Center

I have had the pleasure of working with Melonie in helping several of her clients pursue a possible transition to Atria Crossgate. Very well educated in senior living options, Melonie is a great resource to seniors and their families. With her attention to detail, compassion and support, Melonie is able to provide her clients with choices tailored to their specific needs and assist them through their transition. In addition, Melonie’s follow up ensures that each family is satisfied and happy with the outcome. The residents who have to come to us through Melonie have made a lasting impression at Atria Crossgate!

 


Tina L. Butler, CSA, CDP
Owner at Comfort Keepers

Melonie is an honest, caring professional fully committed to serving others. She is dedicated to offering the BEST solutions and “choices” to her clients dealing with challenging senior care issues. Always demonstrating the highest level of integrity and compassion, Melonie makes a real impact in the lives of seniors she works with. I am privileged to have Melonie a part of the Choice Connections network & give her my highest recommendation!

 


Donna Sickler
Supporting Communities to Improve the lives of Seniors and Staff as an RVP for Atria Senior Living

Melonie is a well respected professional in the senior housing industry. For several years, I have had the pleasure of working with Melonie to help seniors and families find the best solution for their circumstances. Her kind, compassionate approach enables her to thoroughly understand and provide the support needed to assure that seniors/families are aware of the options available. Her professionalism and tenacity give the assurance that no stone will be left unturned in her search for a solution. It is always a pleasure to work with Melonie ~ each interaction leaves one feeling confident that every detail will be addressed.

Chris Q.

It has been such a blessing to have worked directly with Melonie Pratt of Choice Connections, for two placements into Assisted Living residences for my mother, June H. Melonie helped us get mom into short term respite following her emergency heart surgery in 2014. My mom was in rehab at the end of 2015 for two months and was in need of a higher level of care then the facility she was living at could provide. Melonie sent me detailed information about area facilities and set up tours. She handled a multitude of issues related to the placement, consequently lifting the burden for both mom and the family. Mom’s placement in the right community and Melonie’s followup are especially praiseworthy. Melonie is efficient, timely,, caring and thorough. She was a true pleasure to work with and such a help in a time of great needs and stress. Thank you to all who were part of her care team. You are all held in our hearts with fond memories.

 

Gwen Rowland

Choice Connections is a free service consisting of two wonderful women dedicated to helping seniors and their families navigate the senior housing world. Melonie and Renee always do a wonderful job of finding the senior and their family the best place to live that meets their needs. Whether it is assisted living, senior housing or memory care.. they know the ins and outs of these communities and will get your loved one where they need to be. 5 stars! Highly recommend!

Stanley McGaughey

Renee was recommended to me by a resident service coordinator in Saratoga Springs. I was the primary care provider for a friend diagnosed with early Alzheimer’s. My friend’s family lives out of the area, and she was unwilling to leave Saratoga to be closer to them. My friend had come to the point where she needed to have more constant guidance and supervision, as she was having significant difficulty managing simple tasks, etc. Renee returned my call most promptly. I quickly understood that Renee possesses significant knowledge of the disease. She also understood my situation as the caregiver. We began by identifying a possible residential situation for my friend. Renee drew on her breadth of knowledge of the different residential options available locally and in the broader area when making suggestions and providing advice that specifically addressed my friend’s needs and wishes. Renee explained the pluses and minuses of several residential facilities as the related to my friend. When we decided to pursue a facility, Renee arranged for the visit, meeting with the facility manager in preparation for our visit. She joined is in the admissions interview and helped clarify some of the issues that were confusing for my friend. She followed up with the facility manager and with us. Renee advocated for my friend with the facility manager, working to find what we all agreed to be the appropriate apartment and helping us to understand how and why living in the facility would work for my friend.

Unfortunately, my friend impulsively declined to move to the facility – a great disappointment to me and her family. Yet, her medical condition continued to deteriorate. She was not able or willing to accept her increasing limitations. Renee suggested that we engage a Case Manager who would be able to oversee my friend’s situation, allowing my friend to remain at home. Renee suggested a couple of Case Managers and reached out to both of them. She came to me with a recommendation and made arrangements for me to meet with the Case Manager. Just as that relationship was beginning, my friend’s situation hit a crises point, and she finally agreed to relocate to an assisted living facility in the Midwest, to be closer to her family.

All along the way with Renee, I received advice about how to work with the medical community and who were the medical care providers that would be most appropriate for my friend. Renee reached out to physicians and social workers on our behalf, paving the way for our meetings. We didn’t need to continually retell our story; Renee had done that for us.

I have the highest regard for Renee and the work that she does. She’s experienced, knowledgeable, compassionate, well connected, very engaged with her clients, straightforward, honest, and sincere.

Kevin Facteau

Melonie and Renee have been instrumental as a resource for helping seniors in the area find the right place to live. I have worked with them on multiple occasions. I highly recommend their services to anyone looking to find the right senior living community.