Welcome Wisdom

Strategies for Caring from a Distance (Part 2)

February 2, 2024 — by Felicia Juntunen, MA, CMC, Director of Care Management Last month we introduced the topic of long-distance caregiving and explored how to effectively help a loved one deal with the challenges of aging from afar. We examined the necessity of communication and planning and discussed essential tasks families can undertake to help organize care. This month,... Read More

Caregiving: It’s a Balancing Act

August 1, 2023 — by Felicia Juntunen, MA, CMC, ECM Director of Care Management Just a sampling of the statistics on caregiving provides a sobering perspective on why the topic of caregiving and support for caregivers is so important. According to The Family Caregiver Alliance, in 2015: 34.2 million Americans provided unpaid care to an adult over 50 years old. 16.1... Read More

Benefits of Hospice and Palliative Care

November 1, 2022 — by Felicia Juntunen, CMC, ECM Director of Care Management Among the many privileges of care management work is the opportunity to journey with clients to the end of their lives. Because we spend time developing familiarity with our clients, regularly provide advocacy for their care, and understand what their priorities are for their well-being and quality... Read More

Mental Health and Aging…

September 2, 2021 — by Gail Arno, CMC, ECM Director of Care Management Untreated or dismissed mental health issues in our younger years can present in a variety of ways as we continue to age. Approximately 15% of adults aged 60 and over suffer from mental health disorders. The WHO defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Because mental health is... Read More

Our Heroes

November 5, 2018 — by Ginger McMurchie, ECM owner and Care Manager November is National Caregiver Month- a time to honor those who care for loved ones with chronic disease or disability. Caregivers have been called heroes. I think we all envision capes, masks, and superpowers when we hear that word. But caregivers come in all forms, just in... Read More

The Trials of Technology

April 3, 2018 — by Maureen Lawrence, Outreach Coordinator As a mother to 3 school-aged boys, I often find myself disheartened by the pervasive influence of technology in our lives. To young developing minds, our technology obsessed culture can lead to many unhealthy distractions. From video gaming, social media accounts, and text messaging, these distractions can easily become addictions, which we carry with us... Read More

Don’t hesitate to ask for help

September 10, 2017 — Denise MacDonald, ECM RN Care Manager Denise MacDonald joined Elder Care Management in March of 2016 as a part-time RN Care Manager. Denise graduated from Long Beach State with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology, with an emphasis in Gerontology.  She went back to school to become an RN and was working in Oncology when she was recruited by Visiting... Read More