Lisa Erbstoesser realized during her nursing career that the most important thing affecting the quality of life for patients and nursing home residents is the relationships they have with their caregivers. In healthcare facilities where caregivers were able to get to know and connect with an individual, those persons seemed happier, healthier, and more responsive. These observations spurred Lisa and her husband and business partner, Tim, to start See Me Communications®, based in San Luis Obispo, California. The company is dedicated to honoring the life stories of the frail, elderly and debilitated and to establishing deeper personal connections between individuals requiring care and their caregivers.
The company offers three products: the Life Story Board™, Personal Preference Board™, and the Life Story Memorial Board. The Life Story Board is an easily accessible visual biography that enables caregivers to know the person whom they are caring for and establish more personal connections. The Personal Preference Board facilitates person-centered care by making residents’ preferences easily accessible to caregivers, improving quality of life by enabling caregivers to fulfill very specific needs. Both of these products are suited for nursing homes, assisted living centers, hospice facilities, Alzheimer’s care communities and acute care settings. The Life Story Memorial Board honors the life of a person in a respectful and loving manner and is to be used at a funeral, memorial service, or celebration of life.
The name See Me Communications was inspired by the poem “See Me,” The poem is a reminder to see patients as unique individuals with a full life story. See Me Communications is a member of the Alzheimer’s Early Detection Alliance, a group of corporations, nonprofits and government entities determined to make a difference in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.