How Do You Know When It Is Time To Move to An Assisted Living Community?
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER In the first of our eight-week series, “Moving to An Assisted Living Community”, we will look at the
In the first of our eight-week series, “Moving to An Assisted Living Community”, we will look at the questions families so often ask when considering a move for themselves or a family member to an assisted living community.
How do I know when it is time? Does your loved one require help with the activities of daily living?
What are some signs to look for in my loved-one? Have you noticed changes in your family member?
What kind of assistance will there be in Assisted Living? Could a maintenance free lifestyle reduce stress?
Determining the right kind of care for your senior family member and knowing when to reach out for help can be difficult.
We are pleased to partner with Aging Life Care Managers Courtney Lavander and Vanessa Bishop as they help navigate through this important first step in determining if it is time to move to an assisted living community.
Courtney Lavander is a licensed Nursing Home and Assisted Living Administrator, a Certified Care Manager, and a Certified Dementia Practitioner. She has over 22 years of experience working in the long-term care field as an Administrator/Executive Director, operating and managing Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Communities, and working as an Aging Life Care Professional/Geriatric Care Manager. She has a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Gerontology from the University of Southern California. Courtney has served as an expert witness in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Courtney specializes in helping families determine what next steps to take when they are faced with the multitude of challenges and decisions that arise when a family member requires additional care. She helps families evaluate and understand their current and future needs, and she offers experienced advice to family members making these important life decisions.
Courtney provides an independent, professional and caring assessment of the client’s needs. She identifies the best path for the client and their family during these stressful times. She can assist families with finding additional resources to improve their current home situations or with the transition into an independent living, assisted living and/or skilled nursing community. Because of her years of experience managing and operating senior care facilities, Courtney is able to help families understand and navigate new care environments and educate families about the rules, regulations and expectations regarding the care their loved ones require when in a senior care facility.
Vanessa Rosengart Bishop founded Elder Care Consultants, Inc. in 2001 as an interdisciplinary team that provides care management for the aging and disabled populations in Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC.
Vanessa has specialized in Aging Life Care Management Services since 1998. She was interviewed as a subject matter expert for the New York Times article, “Deciding Care for Elderly Patients in Declining Health” because of her expertise in Aging Life Care Management and in the field of Social Work.
Her areas of practice include care and case management, crisis intervention, advocacy, counseling, consultation, education, placement, and the assessment of mental and functional capacity. Her knowledge and experience base is constantly updated by active practice and involvement in her areas of concentration and specialties.
Vanessa is an expert in assessing mental and functional capacity in individuals. She is a trained and qualified clinician in assessing cognitive and capacity impairment.
She serves as an expert witness in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. She regularly testifies in court and is consulted by attorneys and other professionals. She is often sought out as a speaker for her expertise in care issues in aging life care management and social work network.
Vanessa received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at George Mason University and her Master’s in Social Work from The Catholic University of America with a concentration in Individual Adult Mental Health.
She completed internships at The Armed Forces Retirement Home in the District of Columbia and The Walter Reed National Military Medical Center: Behavioral Healthcare Clinic in Bethesda, MD. Before establishing Elder Care Consultants, Vanessa served as social service director for a long-term care/skilled nursing facility in the District of Columbia and Montgomery County, Maryland.
Vanessa is certified and licensed to independently practice as a Clinical Social Worker in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. She is certified as an Advanced Social Work Case Manager and Certified Care Manager. She is an active member of the National Association of Social Workers, National Academy of Certified Care Managers, Aging Life Care Association (formerly the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers), and the Alzheimer’s Association.
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