The mission of First Coast Safe at Home Solutions is to enable our clients to enjoy peace of mind in the comfort of their home through provision of clinically effective and insightful home safety assessments, implementation of an individualized care plan, and education and support of family caregivers. We extend this philosophy of care, empowerment and support to our clients who are looking for other advocacy services such as recommendations for care settings, management of chronic conditions, advocacy in the hospital, assisted living or skilled nursing facility.
The ability to help others using creativity and clinical skills is what attracted me to the field of care management. I am a licensed occupational therapist with a clinical doctorate in the field. I have been practicing for 14 years. My extensive experience working with patients and families in a variety of physical environments allows me to identify key patient needs and remove barriers to align their physical, mental, and emotional needs with their physical environment.
I find joy in providing patients and families with the tools, education, and adaptive techniques to help them live as safely and successfully as possible. I am a strong patient advocate with keen emotional intelligence that supports our clients’ cultural, spiritual, and physical needs while developing strategic plans for them to be safe at home.
A bit about my education:
Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) – Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (2015)
Master of Occupational Therapy – Rockhurst University (2008)
Bachelors of General Studies in Psychology- University of Kansas (2005)
My work experience:
Occupational Therapist–Home Health Setting (2008-2020)
What makes an Aging Life Care Manager stand apart from the others is the commitment to stay focused on the needs of the client and family. Others may offer services for less, but what you receive cannot help but be influenced by how they are paid.
Senior advisors are paid referral fees to suggest elder care facilities. As a general rule, they have a more limited sphere of knowledge and do not hold a professional degree needed to give them expertise in the 8 key areas of elder care. Only those facilities willing to pay a finder’s fee will be included in their list of suggestions. There may be a more appropriate option, but it will not be mentioned if the facility does not pay for referrals.
Because we are paid directly by you, we are independent and objective. Our focus is 100% on the needs of your family and your aging loved ones. We apply our considerable skill and years of training to your unique situation.
Hospital- or insurance-based case managers are employees of the health care system. They are good professionals. Their focus, however, is to address the issues of patients within the institution and to make efficient use of services for their organization.
We are based in the community and work with aging adults wherever they live. We provide continuity of care across all settings. We include the family and focus on improving quality of life for the older adult and their grown children.
When the issue is safety and quality of life, you deserve the best!
We pride ourselves in our commitment to stay abreast of the ever-changing landscape of senior services and aging research. To this end, our Aging Life Care Managers are members of the following professional organizations:
If you are looking for a care manager who will partner with you and your family member(s) to create a home situation that supports the overall health and well-being of an aging loved one, you have come to the right place! Certainly our background in Occupational Therapy gives us a unique ability to solve difficult challenges in daily life. Our experience working in numerous care settings also gives us insights that help you as we advocate for your loved one to receive the medical care they want and deserve.