Elder Care Guides Acquires Local Provider to Expand Aging Services in San Diego

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Elder Care Guides, San Diego County’s premier provider of care management and in-home care services, announces its recent acquisition of Senior Care Management Inc.

Elder Care Guides has provided professional assessment, consultation, and in-home care services in San Diego County since 2004, and is pleased to expand its reach to more families who care for an aging or disabled loved one through its acquisition of Senior Care Management, Inc. For more information about this new partnership, contact Amy Abrams or visit http://www.eldercareguides.com.

Following the recent untimely death of Hilde Lehmann, the President and founder of Senior Care Management, Inc. and one of San Diego’s visionary elder care professionals, the company’s leadership has made the decision to join Elder Care Guides in order to maintain the extraordinarily high level of service for which they were known. Hilde founded her company in 1996 and was a respected colleague and friend to many in the local aging services community, including the three principals of Elder Care Guides, Norman Hannay, Amy Abrams, and Susan Valoff. The company’s staff of clinical social workers, experienced in gerontology, rehabilitation, home health, and dementia care, enjoyed a strong reputation for the delivery of highly personalized care management services to their clients, and support to their families and caregivers.

“While we are saddened by the reasons behind the acquisition,” stated Amy Abrams, Elder Care Guides’ Vice President of Client Services, and one of the company’s founding partners, “we are honored to carry on Senior Care Management’s long tradition of ethics and high standards of service.”

Locally and independently owned, Elder Care Guides has served families and the professional community throughout San Diego County since 2004. The company serves those with chronic physical or cognitive impairments, including Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, and assists aging families caring for a loved one with serious mental illness or a developmental disability. Families engage the services of a care manager, who conducts an in-depth assessment and develops a plan of care that addresses identified needs, increases quality of life, and eases caregiver stress. “We create a plan that maximizes our clients’ safety and physical well-being,” says Susan Valoff, Vice President of Clinical Services. “But it’s also so much more. We look for what’s meaningful to them, what gives them a reason to wake up every morning, and make those activities a part of the care plan.” Elder Care Guides is a nationally-recognized leader in the field of professional care management, and the company’s leadership is actively involved in the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers (http://www.caremanager.org).

With the recent acquisition, Senior Care Management’s longtime Director, Betsy Evatt, has joined Elder Care Guides’ care management staff, which is made up of professionals from the fields of social work, nursing, recreation therapy, and gerontology. Betsy received her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Washington in Seattle with a concentration in Aging, and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She is certified through the National Academy of Certified Care Managers, is fluent in Spanish, and further expands the breadth of expertise in the Elder Care Guides clinical team. “I am honored to carry Hilde’s memory forward with this exceptional company, and am proud to be joining this incredible group of professionals,” says Evatt.

The elder care company is currently working on plans to offer field placements to students in San Diego State University's Master of Social Work program beginning in the fall of 2015. The "Hilde Lehmann Social Work Internship" at Elder Care Guides will provide future social workers with an opportunity to gain critical care management skills and experience. “Hilde launched the careers of a generation of social workers, in San Diego and beyond,” states Abrams. “I think she’d be proud to be a part of the career ladder for the next generation of professional care managers.”

Those interested in learning more about care management and the services provided by Elder Care Guides can visit http://www.eldercareguides.com or call 619-450-4300 for more information.

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