Are you finding yourself stressed or confused about how to proceed with important decisions or managing changes in health and functioning?

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Get the help and solutions you need while caring for a loved one in decline.

You Are Not Alone

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Get the help and solutions you need while caring for a loved one in decline.

You Are Not Alone.

KindTransitions offers consulting services to individuals and families who are challenged by decisions in chronic disease management.

KindTransitions also provides direct training for managing communication and behavioral changes that can accompany progressive illness.

Services

Caregiver Services

  • Focused counseling and problem solving
  • Support group participation
  • Self-care and burnout issues
  • Options for locating direct caregiving assistance in the home setting

Communication Training

  • Manage communication challenges that interfere with personal and familial relationships
  • Redirect challenging issues related to declines in memory and thinking
  • Obtain strategies for managing mood and behavioral changes
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Problem-Oriented Focus

  • Detailed examination of current situation with identification of potential options and solutions
  • Structured and supervised implementation of considered options
  • Plan modification and refinement

Health status considerations

  • Assistance with understanding current medical diagnoses and recommended procedures and treatments
  • Opportunity to weigh options about obtaining additional or alternative health care consultations
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Informed Discussions

  • Address end-of-life planning issues, including advance directives, living wills, and health care proxies
  • Understand alternatives to traditional medical intervention, including palliative care and hospice services
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Community Resources

  • Referrals to appropriate health care and social welfare providers
  • Suggestions for relevant meetings and groups
  • Electronic resources for support and information

Caregiver Services

  • Brief counseling and problem solving
  • Support group participation
  • Self-care and burnout issues
  • Options for locating direct caregiving assistance in the home setting

Health status considerations

  • Assistance with understanding current medical diagnoses and recommended procedures
  • Opportunity to consider options for obtaining additional or alternative health care consultations

Communication Training

  • Learn how to manage communication challenges that can interfere with personal and familial relationships
  • Master issues related to declines in memory and thinking
  • Obtain strategies for managing mood and behavioral changes
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Informed Discussions

  • Understand alternatives to traditional medical intervention, including palliative care and hospice services
  • Address end-of-life planning issues, including advance directives, living wills, and health care proxies
Z

Problem-Oriented Focus

  • Detailed examination of current situation
  • Identification of potential options and solutions
  • Structured and supervised implementation of considered options
  • Plan modification and refinement
U

Community Resources

  • Referrals to appropriate health care and social welfare providers
  • Suggestions for relevant meetings
    and groups
  • Electronic resources for support and information

We specialize in disorders affecting consciousness and communication, including:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Frontotemporal dementia
  • Vascular dementia
  • Parkinson disease
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Motor neuron and extrapyramidal disorders, including multiple system atrophy (MSA), progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), and corticobasal degenerative diseases

We specialize in disorders affecting consciousness and communication, including:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Frontotemporal dementia
  • Vascular dementia
  • Parkinson disease
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Motor neuron and extrapyramidal disorders, including multiple system atrophy (MSA), progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), and corticobasal degenerative diseases

About

Amy Lustig, PhD

Owner, KindTransitions

Amy Lustig, PhD | Owner, KindTransitions

Welcome to Kind Transitions

I was drawn to create KindTransitions because of what I see as a gap in available support for individuals and families coping with decision-making during difficult transitional times in chronic and progressive illness.

I am originally from Philadelphia, PA. My professional training includes master’s degrees in counseling psychology and public health, and a doctoral degree in communication science and disorders.  I have a broad range of experience within the health and social welfare systems that includes direct service provision in rehabilitative hospitals and counseling clinics, administration of community-based programs serving older adults, and applied clinical research on communication and caregiving in chronic illness.

Currently I own Restorative Speech & Swallow, a private speech pathology practice located in Jenkintown, PA, that is dedicated to serving adults with a wide range of communication and cognitive impairments.  I teach an online course in aging and communication for the University of Pittsburgh, and provide clinical supervision for graduate speech pathology students at Salus University.

I am grateful for the opportunity to extend the vision and services of KindTransitions to the greater Philadelphia area.  I look forward to engaging with the community of those struggling to cope with the challenges of declining health and chronic illness, who must address day-to-day needs while at the same time navigate a multitude of larger questions and concerns.  I am hopeful that KindTransitions can help to clarify and focus decisions for families and loved ones facing these difficult situations.

Selected Publications

Lustig, A.P. (in press; scheduled for 2017). ALS and dysarthria: A case study in evidence-based intervention. In Molfenter, S.M. & Branski, R. (Eds), Adult Speech Pathology Casebook. New York, NY: Thieme.

Lustig, A P. (2014). Getting it down and getting it out: Understanding communication and swallowing in frontotemporal dementia. In Radin, L. & Radin, G. (Eds), What If It Isn’t Alzheimer’s? A Caregiver’s Guide to Dementia (3rd ed.). Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books.

Schulz, R., Rosen, J., Klinger, J., Musa, D., Castle, N., Kane, A. & Lustig, A.  (2014). Effects of a psychosocial intervention on caregivers of recently placed nursing home residents: A randomized controlled trial. Clinical Gerontologist, 37, 347-367.

Schulz, R., Czaja, S.J., Lustig, A. , Zdaniuk, B., Martire, L.M., & Perdomo, D. (2009). Improving the quality of life of caregivers of persons with spinal cord injury: A randomized controlled trial. Rehabilitation Psychology, 54, 1-15.

Martire, L.M., Lustig, A.P. , Schulz, R., Miller, G. E., & Helgeson, V.S. (2004). Is it beneficial to involve a family member? An integrative review and meta-analysis of family-focused interventions for chronic illness. Health Psychology, 23, 599-611.

Schulz, R., Lustig, A., Handler, S., Martire, L. (2002). Technology-based caregiver intervention research: Current status and future directions. Gerontechnology, 2, 15-47.

Selected Presentations and Digital Materials

Vitale, C., Manus, E., & Lustig, A.P.  (2015). When eating problems arise in advanced dementia: An interdisciplinary approach. Conference presentation: American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Philadelphia, PA.

Speech pathology training for healthcare providers. Development, implementation and provision of bimonthly orientation sessions for clinical hospital providers, including physicians, nurses, and risk managers (2008-2014). Philadelphia VA Medical Center.

Lustig, A P. (2011). Evaluation and management of communication and swallowing impairments in Parkinson disease. DVD produced and distributed through the PADRECC Patient Education Video Series “My Parkinson’s story: Real problems and professional answers from the PADRECC clinics.” Veterans Administration Medical Centers, USA.

Selected Professional Affiliations and Service

Advisory Board, Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Program, Salus University, 2014-present

Member, American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA), 1996-present

Founding Board Member, Veterans In Between, 2012-present

State Representative, National Aphasia Association 2002-present

Member, Pennsylvania Speech-Language and Hearing Association (PSHA), 2007-present

Member, Veterans Administration Research Task Force for Palliative Care, 2009-2014

Advisory Board, Visiting Nurses Foundation, Stroke Survivor Connection of Greater Pittsburgh, 2002-2010

Chair, Advocacy and Reimbursement Committee, ASHA Division 2, 2006-2009

Pricing

INITIAL CONSULTATION

Free

Free 15-20 minute inital

consultation to determine

whether KindTransitions is

appropriate for your needs.

SINGLE VISIT

$100

Single consultations are

priced at $100 per visit.

Visits typically last for

60-75 minutes.

3-VISIT PACKAGE

$275

3-visit packages offer cost

savings and the opportunity

to explore problems and

resolutions in greater detail.

If you are interested in purchasing or learning
more, please contact KindTransitions:

Phone: 215-460-1150  |  Email: amy@kindtransitions.com

Phone:

 

215-460-1150

  Email:

amy@kindtransitions.com

Location

Address:   419 Johnson Street, Suite 102
Jenkintown, PA 19046

Phone:  215-460-1150

Fax:   866-456-4839

Address:
419 Johnson Street Suite 102
Jenkintown, PA  19046

Phone:
215-460-1150

Fax:
866-456-4839

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