"Because my grandmother had Alzheimer’s Disease, I understand the particular needs of our clients’ family. It is difficult and emotional for families to deal with the mental and physical deterioration involved in this illness."
Before I came to the United States, I studied Nursing in Montreal, Canada. I enriched my nursing experience at Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys, working in Orthopedics, Same-Day-Surgery, and Ophtholmology. Many of my patients were elderly which I enjoyed. I also worked for a short time at Jewish Home for the Aging. After marriage, I stopped working to raise my family.
I returned to the medical field in 1995 when I started working for a clinical psychologist assisting with comprehensive psychological testing. I next worked with some home health agencies providing case management and supervision of care companions. In 2007, I took a position as Director of Geriatric Planning for Elder Support Services Inc. doing in-home assessments, safety evaluations, short and long term case management, medication management, assisting with appropriate living situations, and facilitating unbiased family meetings. I keep current in my field by attending CEU’s specializing in dementia/Alzheimer’s Disease, and a variety of elder care and mental health issues. For five years, I volunteered as facilitator at Leeza’s Care Connection, an organization which provides support for family caregivers.
I also work very closely with Elder Law Attorneys and many Geriatric Physicians, including Neurologists and Psychiatrists and Neuropsychologists. Knowing the right professionals and having the right resources helps me advocate for my clients.
I am a dedicated professional with 10 years as a geriatric care manager and 14 years in the field of elder care services.