Portland, OR (PRWEB) April 30, 2013
Geriatric Care Managers, Mary Jo Saavedra and Susan Cain McCarty, partners in the Fireside Group, today announced an offer for a free 50-point “aging-in-place” assessment of elders’ homes located in Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties. This offer is effective during May, “Older Americans Month”, and is extended to existing Fireside clients and to new clients who sign up for geriatric care management services. Through this Aging-in-Place (AIP) assessment, older adults, their families and care providers will become aware of improvements that can be made to increase safety and comfort for elders who are aging at home.
Saavedra is certified by the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) as a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist or CAPS. Based on her knowledge and experience as a gerontologist, emergency preparedness expert and CAPS, Saavedra has extended the NAHB AIP assessment to include a “green” features list, an ADA or Disability features list, Alzheimer’s features list and the American Red Cross preparedness list.
“AARP and other research has pointed to the strong desire of older adults to age-in-place,” said Saavedra. “Yet the home we enjoyed in earlier years may not support a safe or accessible living experience in later years. The AIP assessment will pinpoint areas of a home that may need to be altered to allow elders to move about their home more easily, bring peace of mind to them and their loved ones.”
Fireside Geriatric Care Management services include an assessment of the elder’s environment, primary care providers, community and spiritual support and a review of documents addressing their medical choices and legacy protection. They provide coaching to elders and their loved ones, helping them develop an understanding of the aging process. Clients can engage in a holistic approach that includes a review of all aspects of the elder’s life, or they can request a specific service. For a list of specific services: http://firesidecmg.com/?page_id=12
“Aging can be a time of loss and confusion, but it is also a time of new opportunities for growth and developing healthy family relationships,” said McCarty. “Our participation in our client’s lives often results in supporting some of the “tasks” of caring for aging parents, allowing families to experience more of the wisdom, stories and joy that can come from the experience of a long-lived life.”
For more on what to expect in aging, see the Fireside blog: http://firesidegroup.wordpress.com/2013/03/25/changing-the-discussion-from-age-as-loss-to-aging-with-gifts/
About Fireside Care Management Group, LLC
As Geriatric Care Managers (GCM), the Fireside Group works with older adults and their adult children, guiding them through the challenges of aging. The Group reviews the many aspects of the elder’s life and provides recommendations and long-term services leading to a safe, purposeful life supporting capable independence. Programs address assessing and recommending improvements in living environment; hiring care providers; attending and advocating for older adults with doctors, lawyers, financial counselors and other professional appointments; providing family coaching and spiritual direction regardless of religion or beliefs. The Fireside Group helps families focus on relationships with aging loved ones by removing some of the stress of managing an aging parent’s day-to-day life.
Saavedra holds a BA in Religious Studies and Philosophy and an MAIS in Gerontology. McCarty holds a BA in Communications and an MAIS in Gerontology. Both women are members of the National Association of Geriatric Care Managers http://www.caremanager.org and the Society of Certified Senior Advisors http://www.csa.us
For more about Fireside, please see http://www.firesidecmg.com or contact Saavedra at maryjos(at)firesidecmg(dot)com 503-936-7695 or McCarty at susanm(at)firesidecmg(dot)com, 408-393-4794.