Giving Thanks to Our Local Senior Living Experts

We’d like to take the opportunity to say a huge thank you to our local experts who generously offered their time and expertise to the 2013 Best Senior Living Awards. This group of experts are primarily individuals who work in the senior living industry in their local communities. They may be geriatric care managers, home health agency directors or staff, hospice agency representatives and other professionals who work in some aspect of senior living.

These experts have familiarity with many of the senior living communities in their area, and were able to provide us with a level of insight that’s simply not possible without first-hand experience with a community. We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce our readers to a few of these exceptional leaders.

Les Ostermeier – With more than a decade of experience in the senior living industry, Les Ostermeier served as a local expert in the Seattle area — a city he’s called home since 1989. After working with a retirement and assisted living community in the area, Les recognized the silent cry for help from seniors and their families. He started CHOICE Advisory as a referral agency to help seniors and families make sense of the complexities of senior living and narrow down the many options in the Puget Sound area to make the right choice for their loved ones.

Pati Rader, CSA – Pati Rader is a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) and Enrichment Consultant with five years experience working in marketing, community and life enrichment in the Sacramento area. Pati’s career in senior living was born out of her own experience with her own mother’s sudden decline, which opened her eyes to the need for programming and services for the senior population. Pati was able to combine her background and experience to provide valuable services to the senior living industry while supplementing her existing expertise with new educational opportunities and professional designations. She offers services through her company, PLR Enterprises.

Kelli Bradley – Her experience caring for her mother, who suffered from diabetes and many related complications, led Kelli to Senior Helpers. Senior Helpers is a leading in-home care agency serving the greatest need that Kelli found in her own experience — the at-home support that allows adult children to step back into the role of children and focus on their relationship with their aging or chronically ill parent instead of juggling the responsibilities and challenges of skilled nursing care, hospital stays, doctors’ appointments and other needs. Serving the Portland metropolitan area, Senior Helpers specializes in Alzheimer’s and dementia care and celebrates what their clients can do, not what has been lost or is now more challenging.

Jane Hamil, LCSW, CMC – Jane Hamil has been serving families in the greater Atlanta area for more than two decades. In addition to working with local families, she offers email and phone support to long-distance relatives with an aging loved one in Atlanta, providing a trusted local connection to help navigate the maze of aging and senior care from afar. Jane grew up in a family of caregivers — both of her parents served in leadership positions within the church. With the values of caregiving instilled in her throughout life, Jane’s academic work and her geriatric care management practice, Bridging Generations, came naturally.

Carol Howell – Owner of Senior Life Journeys, Carol Howell is a Certified Dementia Specialist and Endorsed Life Coach serving the greater Charlotte metropolitan area for more than 26 years. Carol works with dementia caregivers to help them develop effective strategies and cope with the many challenges of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia. A published author, her most recent book, Let’s Talk Dementia—A Caregiver’s Guide, is a #1 Amazon Bestseller. In addition to offering placement services, Carol provides  range of therapy services to those suffering with dementia, including Choral Music Therapy, Memory Music Therapy and Hospice Music Therapy.

These amazing senior living professionals are just a few of the many local senior living experts selflessly devoting their careers and unique talents to the aging and caregiving communities who devoted their expertise to the 2013 Best Senior Living Awards. We’ll be highlighting more of our local experts in the coming weeks, but in the meantime be sure to check out our Local Experts page for a look at the many talented senior living pros who generously offered their local insights for the 2013 Best Senior Living Awards. A huge thanks to all our local experts! Wishing each and every one of you, as well as our readers, clients and customers, a wonderful and fun-filled holiday with your family and friends.

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Post by Angela Stringfellow

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