ElderCare Connections

Helping you navigate the complex needs of the aged.

Karen Thorpe, LCSW

Providing expert guidance with the complex challenges associated with the aging process and elder care.

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ElderCare Connections

Your expert connection to the services you need.

A Geriatric Care Manager (GCM) is a health care professional, educated and experienced in assessing, planning, coordinating, monitoring, and providing services to older adults, their families, and caregivers.

A GCM can be a valuable addition to the caregiving team to assist often overwhelmed caregivers with complex senior care issues and tasks.  A GCM is knowledgeable regarding available community resources and adept at coordinating needed services to provide support and solutions in managing an older adult’s care.

The goal is to maintain dignity and optimize and maintain the quality of life for an older adult, as well as reduce family stress and caregiver burnout.

EVERYTHING TO NAVIGATE

Service Areas / Focus

How do Geriatric Care Managers help seniors and their families?

elderly financial assistance

Financial

Provide information regarding federal and state entitlement programs - Title XIX, Medicare Savings Program

Connect to available local, state, and special interest programs and assistance.

Assess cost effectiveness and sustainability of plan of care.

Home Care Services

Determine in home care needs and coordinate resources that can meet those needs.

Assist with hiring and monitoring caregiver services.

Provide home safety assessment.

Legal

Make referrals and consult with elder law attorney.

Provide expert assessment of level of care needs and mental status for long term planning,  probate.

Additional services include:

Consultation

Advocacy

Referral Coordination

Individual and family counseling - Facilitated family conversations

Comprehensive assessment of older adult, home environment, plan of care, and resources.

housing assistance

Housing

Locate appropriate housing options - nursing home placement

Provide assistance with evaluating housing/care needs.

Investigate housing availability, licensing, and level of care - application completion.

Medical Oversight

Attend medical appointments in order to facilitate communication on older adult’s behalf, advocate, and provide active role in health care decision making.

Provide information and recommendations regarding changes in care to patient, family and physician.

Provide understandable and simplified directions for older adult to follow based on doctor recommendations.

Act as a Liaison with community resource agencies, medical professionals, nursing agencies, and facilities

Social Activities

Coordinate attendance and participation in appropriate social activities.

Identify social, recreational or cultural activities to improve quality of life and decrease social isolation.

Karen Thorpe, LCSW

Karen Thorpe is a Licensed Clinical Level Social Worker with over 25 years of clinical and case management experience working with the elderly and their families. She is the founder and owner of ElderCare Connections which specializes in all facets of management for the elderly including dementia care,  physical and mental health issues, hospice, case management, care giver resources and stress reduction.

Experience

Karen’s career has been devoted exclusively to work in the geriatric field.  Her experience has been diverse,  including work in various settings including,  nursing homes, home care agencies, and hospice.   Experience includes work in clinical, supportive, direct care, case management and administrative roles.

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*ElderCare Connections serving all areas of Connecticut.

ElderCare Connections office is located in, Southbury, CT

88 Main Street S. A205 Southbury, CT 06488

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203-262-0245

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