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Are there any current recommendations from BPN members
regarding using a good social worker who would give advice
about aged parents being moved from the east coast to
here? The situation has deteriorated rapidly over the past
few months and mom and dad need to be moved to some sort
of care facility in the bay area. We are specifically
looking at places in the east bay. Any leads will be
We spoke with Jane Brush, LCSW who is one of a few geriatric
social workers who formed Senior Alternatives. She was very
helpful (we are in the final stages of moving my mother to
SF from London) and I think they are quite used and adept to
helping people think through long-distance parental moves.
Here's the link
Seeking recommendations for someone to advise us regarding
care, housing options, and financial matters for our elderly
parents, including parents with memory loss. Thank you!
We met with Harriette Grooh, PhD who has run her own company HGA
Personal Care Consultants for about 25 years. She has nurses,
social workers and therapists on staff 24/7. She does no
advertising, gets clients through referrals. Her offices are in
Marin and SF. Her phone number is 415-924-8311.
also seeking elder care
You don't mention whether you are UC faculty, staff, or student
but if you are, University Health Services at Tang Center has
excellent elder care consulting. My husband and I have both used
their referrals, info sessions and individual counseling in
caring for our respective parents. They've helped us through
parental surgeries and post-surgery care, housing changes, mental
health needs, etc. We highly recommend them. Try this URL to
Best of luck.
I have two resources for you:
Mona Lalchandani, Exceptional Senior Placement, 510-910-0344,
You will be very happy to talk with Mona, who is capable and
compassionate. Moreover, Mona's services are free to you - paid
by the facilities. she is not biased towards any facility bc all
of them pay her.
Janet Brush, Senior Alternatives, 510-407-0070,
Janet provides many senior services - fiduciary, care - call both
people to see the options.
Dear Robin - I would highly recommend Joanna Smith, LCSW from
Healthcare Liaison. She's been practicing private health care
advocacy for many years and has a 20+year social work career.
She's kind, trustworthy and very knowledgeable. You can check out
her website at www.healthcareliaison.com or contact her by phone
I know how difficult these times can be and commend you on being
Good luck to you.
My family and I have been using Joanna Smith from Health Care
Liaison to help with legal, housing, and insurance issues related
to my father's dementia. She has been an incredible help in
prioritizing issues, reviewing complicated long term care
contracts and facilitating family meetings where we've had to
tackle tough issues. Her services may not seem inexpensive at
first($150/hr) but they are well worth it. My belief is that
rather than navigate complex waters alone, hire an expert who can
cut to the chase. It saves you time and frustration in the end.
Joanna is an extremely competent and compassionate health
advocate. She's in Berkeley near the Claremont but often can come
to you too.
If you need legal help with estate planning as part of planning
for your parents, I recommend Kathryn Korn in the Orinda area.
She also referred me to someone who was very good at helping
locate an appropriate board-and-care home for my mother--I don't
recall the name of that person, but she used to work as a nurse.
Been There and Still There
I highly, highly recommend that you contact the Suse Moyal Center
for Older Adult Services in Albany. They do exactly what you're
looking for--work with families to determine the best care plan
for aging parents, including looking at housing, financial,
legal, and emotional issues. Their services also encompass
helping family members like you manage the the whole complex
process--they'll help you monitor the care and adjust plans as
needs change. The staff can really be your parents' advocate in
making sure they age with dignity while receiving the best
possible care. Full disclosure: the center is a department of the
nonprofit agency that I work for, JFCS/East Bay. If you're
interested, call (510) 558-7800, ext. 716 and ask for Lisa Yordy.
Or check out our website at www.jfcs-eastbay.org. Though
''Jewish'' is in the agency's name, we're nonsectarian and offer
services to people from all backgrounds. Best,
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