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Adam Mullikin Achieves Geriatric Care Manager Certification

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For Immediate Release

June 1, 2015

Adam Mullikin of Aging Wisely Receives CMC and Joins Aging Life Care Association

Clearwater, FL (June 1, 2015) – Adam Mullikin, CMC, OT/L, CEAS, recently achieved his geriatric care manager certification (CMC) and was accepted as a member of the Aging Life Care Association™ (ALCA). As a member of ALCA, he adheres to the Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics developed by the association and its members to ensure public accountability. Adam has been practicing as an Aging Life Care Professional™ (also known as a geriatric care manager) with Aging Wisely since 2014.

Geriatric Care Manager Adam Mullikin

In his work at Aging Wisely, Adam provides guidance and advocacy for families who are caring for older relatives or disabled adults. With a specialized focus on issues related to aging, he assists clients with the challenges of aging, such as finding appropriate housing, in-home care, referrals to medical providers, elder law attorneys and other professional services, as well as the advocacy and support that provides families peace of mind.

Adam brings extensive experience as an occupational therapist and rehabilitation specialist (19+ years) to his geriatric care manager role in helping Aging Wisely clients “succeed in the job of living”. Achieving the CMC (Care Manager, Certified) designation and joining the ALCA shows Adam’s continued dedication to advocating for clients and families as a geriatric care manager. Read more about Adam Mullikin, Aging Wisely geriatric care manager.

About Aging Wisely, LLC®

Aging Wisely, LLC® was founded in 1998 to serve the needs of elders in the Tampa Bay, Florida area and their families worldwide. Aging Wisely has been a pioneer in the field of Aging Life Care™ in Florida with a diverse geriatric care manager team taking part in Florida and national professional associations. Several team members have been featured speakers for groups of professional colleagues and public audiences and have contributed in numerous ways to the development of the Aging Life Care™ field.

About Aging Life Care Association™ (ALCA)

ALCA (formerly known as the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers) was formed in 1985 to advance dignified care for older adults and their families in the United States. Aging Life Care Professionals™ have extensive training and experience working with older adults, people with disabilities, and families who need assistance with caregiving issues. They assist families in the search for a suitable nursing home placement or extended care if the need occurs. The practice of Aging Life Care™ and the role of care providers have captured a national spotlight, as generations of Baby Boomers age in the United States and abroad. For more information or to access a nationwide directory of Aging Life Care Professionals, please visit aginglifecare.org.

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Contact us for more information or to get help from Adam Mullikin and the Aging Wisely geriatric care manager team.

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Aging Wisely Seeking On-Call Care Manager-Tampa Bay, Florida

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Our Aging Wisely team is looking for a responsible, dedicated On-Call Care Manager to handle our clients’ varied needs after regular business hours. Duties will include managing client emergencies (meeting clients at the emergency room, responding to calls, handling emergency room visits and other issues that arise), communicating effectively to clients’ responsible parties and regular care manager, and documenting thoroughly.

The On-Call Care Manager will cover the following hours: on-call week nights Monday-Thursday, 5 P.M. – 8:30 A.M. next day and weekends (on-call begins Friday 5 P.M. – Monday 8:30 A.M). One weekend per month will be covered by other team members so the On-Call Care Manager has one weekend free. The On-Call Care Manager will be responsible for checking phones during these hours and triaging calls, responding and following up and visiting clients when urgent needs arise. If inquiry/service calls for new clients come in during these hours, the On-Call Care Manager will also follow up to determine if urgent help is needed, or to set an appointment with Aging Wisely’s Senior Care Consultant to meet/talk with the client/family.

This position requires strong patient advocacy skills and knowledge of the healthcare system, as well as the ability to competently manage potentially high-pressure and variable situations. Important skills include: excellent communication, good documentation, triaging and identifying needs and solutions, and independent critical thinking. The On-Call Care Manager should be skilled at navigating the healthcare system and dealing with older clients and the family system. You will review notes and information left for you from the care management team for pertinent information about issues that may arise, and all of your interactions will need to be communicated and documented in our online system.

This position is salaried; salary commensurate with experience. Please fax resumes to 727-461-0001 or email to admin@agingwisely.com.

Join a great team, providing quality services making a difference to clients and families! Get steady pay for varied, flexible work and enjoy having a significant impact helping clients and the Aging Wisely team.

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Aging Wisely Clearwater Geriatric Care Management Hiring!

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Aging Wisely is hiring to fulfill the growing needs of our elder clients and families in the Clearwater/Pinellas County, Florida area and throughout Tampa Bay. Aging Wisely has been serving elderly and disabled clients and families in Tampa Bay since 1998. Our team continues to grow and develop to meet the needs of clients who wish to “age wisely” and their families and professional support systems who gain peace of mind by working with our experienced team.

We are currently seeking professional geriatric care managers who bring expertise and experience to our team in helping meet the diverse needs of our clients. You can check out our geriatric care manager job description at this link and fax your resume or email to linda(at)floridaelderlawyer(dot)com.

We are also hiring a Care Management Assistant to support our team. This position is vital to managing our busy office and supporting our mobile care managers and clients. If you are highly organized, experienced at managing a busy office and want to do work that has a real impact…check out our Geriatric Care Manager Support Staff Job Duties and send your resume over to admin(at)agingwisely(dot)com.

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Elder Care Services Firms Sponsoring Senior Driving Safety Course in Clearwater

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Update: This Senior Driving Safety certification course has been postponed and will be rescheduled. On the evening of Wednesday March 14th, Matt Gurwell will provide a public educational presentation on Senior Driving Safety. Topics will include starting the conversation about giving up driving, how to create an agreement and resources to help. The sponsors are proud to be able to bring this event to the local area for the public, including senior living professionals and family caregivers who face this concern. For more information, please click Senior Driving Issues Presentation Flier March 14th

Aging Wisely is proud to be one of eight companies to sponsor an innovative educational program designed to contribute to the safety and independence of seniors who should no longer be driving. The Beyond Driving with Dignity Training & Certification class is taking place at The Villas of Belleair in Clearwater, Florida on March 15th and will educate eldercare professionals to effectively address this pervasive and growing challenge.

Matt Gurwell, a former State Trooper and the founder & CEO of Keeping Us Safe, LLC is excited to bring this training opportunity to Clearwater, “Companies sponsor our training because they know firsthand how desperately we need solutions to this growing problem. I so appreciate their support in the cause of Keeping Us Safe.”

Aging Wisely is a Platinum Sponsor of the event. Linda Chamberlain, President of Aging Wisely states, “In our many years serving seniors and families, the issue of senior driving safety comes up time and time again so we know how tough this issue can be for families. We are proud to sponsor this program in our local community because it not only raises awareness of an important issue, it provides concrete tools for families to better deal with concerns and assist aging loved ones through different stages.”

Keeping Us Safe, LLC is a national organization based in Cleveland, Ohio, with a mission to provide older drivers and their families with tools necessary to confront the challenging issue of diminishing driving skills in the older driver. To learn more about Keeping Us Safe’s programs or to enroll in the March 15, 2012, session of the “Beyond Driving with Dignity” Professional Certification program, please visit www.keepingussafe.org or call toll-free 877-907-8841.

Aging Wisely works closely with many families on their concerns about senior driving safety, providing assessments, recommendations/resources as well as counseling and moderating family discussions about such challenging topics.

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Aging Wisely Nominated for “Best of Web” Award

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Eldercare Services on the Web

Aging Wisely’s blog has been nominated for SeniorHomes.com’s Best of the Web 2012 awards. Aging Wisely was a finalist in the 2011 awards as well, for our blog and Caregiver Newsletter.

“We are proud to be nominated for this award and recognized in our industry for our efforts at education through the internet,” says Linda Chamberlain, President of Aging Wisely, “I started my career in eldercare to help seniors and their families access better information and therefore the services they need. Through the web, we have been able to reach more caregivers and look forward to continuing to provide high quality information.”

Check out our Best of the Web nomination for “Best Senior Living Blogs by Organizations”and vote for us if you like what we have to offer!

If you have feedback about our blog posts, we encourage you to post comments or contact us with your comments, questions or feedback about how we can best serve you.

Our sister company, EasyLiving Home Care, has also been nominated in two categories for “Best of the Web”-click here to learn more about EasyLiving’s nominations.

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Aging Wisely Wins Patient Advocacy Award

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patient advocate Orlando, FL (Patient Advocate Conference)-December 5, 2011

Aging Wisely, LLC was chosen as the 2011 winner of the Patient Advocacy Award in the category of “Patient Advocate Organization”. This award is presented by the Professional Patient Advocacy Institute, which is “a member organization and a community aligned around the common cause of providing advocacy for consumers as they strive to secure their healthcare needs and cover their insurance and financial matters”. These awards are intended to set the benchmark for recognizing those who provide leading patient advocacy on behalf of patients and their families.

Aging Wisely has been serving elders and a variety of clients and their families since 1998, providing care management and advocacy services. Aging Wisely serves clients in the Tampa Bay area, as well as consulting with families all across the country.

Aging Wisely not only assists clients and families on a daily basis with advocacy, but also reaches out to improve broader advocacy efforts in the community and improve overall healthcare and eldercare. Aging Wisely’s advocacy efforts also go beyond the local community and clients served. From an early stage, Aging Wisely focused on having a strong educational component in its website and other communications. Aging Wisely’s blog presents advocacy topics on a regular basis, which are also shared through social and traditional media to benefit consumers as well as professional colleagues. Aging Wisely’s blog and email newsletter were recognized as finalists in SeniorHomes.com “Best of the Web” last year, among many well-recognized national organizations. Over 2,000 people receive Aging Wisely’s monthly newsletter, keeping them apprised of recent healthcare news, eldercare resources and tips.

“We are proud that our team has been recognized for our advocacy efforts. As we have evolved as an organization over the years, we have strived to constantly improve and educate ourselves for our clients’ benefit. Our mission is all about ensuring quality of life in all aspects for the clients and families we serve,” says Linda Chamberlain, founder and President of Aging Wisely, LLC.

Contact us with questions or to learn more about Aging Wisely.

Visit Aging Wisely’s blog for advocacy and eldercare information.

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Aging Wisely Moves to New Office Space

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Aging Services Companies Move/Expand Office & Training Space
Aging Wisely, EasyLiving & EZFingerprints move to new location with expanded training space for growing eldercare workforce

Clearwater, Fla. (August 19, 2011) – A group of local eldercare companies has announced their move to 1180 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Ste. 701, Clearwater, FL 33756. The combined office space will house Aging Wisely, EasyLiving and EZFingerprints, which provide an array of services to elders, families and healthcare professionals.

“We are thrilled to have more space for training since that is such a major emphasis of what we do to ensure our workforce is fully prepared to serve Pinellas County elders,” says Alex Chamberlain, Executive Director and Co-Owner of EasyLiving, Inc. and Founder of EZFingerprints, LLC. “We designed the space to accommodate the needs of our staff as well as professional colleagues and families who may come in to meet with us, or meet via teleconference.”

The new offices will house 3000 square feet of office space, training and conference facilities.

About Aging Wisely: Founded in 1998, Aging Wisely, LLC is a professional care management and consultation company, serving families faced with illness, disability and caregiving concerns. Based in Clearwater, Fla., Aging Wisely provides expertise, consultation, assessments, advocacy and coordination of services for clients in Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough counties and for families throughout the nation. Additionally, Aging Wisely is often called upon by organizations and publications as an expert resource on eldercare issues and aging. In 2009, Aging Wisely was recognized as a finalist in the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Healthcare Heroes awards.

About EasyLiving: EasyLiving, Inc. is a fully licensed, private duty home healthcare company serving individuals and families in Pinellas and Pasco counties. Their highly trained, extensively screened and courteous Personal Care Assistants provide clients with the non-medical support they need to have more active, healthy and meaningful lives and remain comfortably in their own homes. In 2010, EasyLiving was named Tampa Bay’s fourth fastest growing company in the Tampa Bay Business Journal’’s Fast 50 Awards. For more information, please visit www.easylivingfl.com.

About EZFingerprints: EZFingerPrints provides Level 2 FBI background checks and fingerprinting services for employment, adoptions, foster care, business licenses, state required name changes, etc. Our electronic fingerprinting system is convenient and quick. Combining technology and convenience for customers, the fingerprints are sent directly to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, which then sends the prints to whoever the governing agency is for that entity (such as Department of Children and Families or the Agency for Healthcare Administration). For more information, please visit www.ezfingerprints.com.

Media contact:
Shannon Martin
727-447-5845

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Aging Wisely April 2011 Care Manager Certifications

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Local Company News: Aging Wisely, LLC

Clearwater, Fla. (April 28. 2011) – Aging Wisely, LLC, a Tampa Bay care management and patient advocacy firm, is pleased to announce that several of its Care Managers have recently achieved national certifications.

Karuna Reiff, LCSW, CMC has achieved the CMC (Care Manager Certified) designation. In order to achieve this certification, provided by the National Academy of Certified Care Managers, care managers must meet educational and experiential qualifications and then pass a certification examination. The Academy seeks to assure “individual competence to perform the full range of care management tasks through a validated, standardized examination that tests the skills, knowledge, and practice ethics needed to serve consumers”. For more information on this certification, visit http://www.naccm.net.

Care managers Juliet Lewis, CMC, CCM and Julie Scott, CMC, CCM recently passed the examination and completed the requirements to hold the CCM (Certified Case Management) designation. According to the Commission for Case Management Certification, “Case managers who have earned the Certified Case Manager (CCM) credential have the expertise, knowledge, and professional experience to provide the right services to patients with serious or complex medical conditions, and/or catastrophic injuries and illnesses”. For more information, visit http://www.ccmcertification.org/.

“We believe in bringing the highest quality expertise to clients and families dealing with eldercare and health issues,” says Linda Chamberlain, President and Founder of Aging Wisely. “Our team covers a broad range of specialties and we fully support continued education to ensure we can serve clients’ diverse needs. Seeking professional certifications in our fields demonstrates our commitment to the highest level of professional standards and expertise.”

About Aging Wisely: Founded in 1998, Aging Wisely, LLC is a professional care management and consultation company, serving families faced with illness, disability and caregiving concerns. Aging Wisely provides consulting services, assessments, recommendations, advocacy and care coordination for clients in Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough counties and for families throughout the nation. Additionally, Aging Wisely is often called upon by organizations and publications as an expert resource on eldercare issues and aging. In 2009, Aging Wisely was recognized as a finalist in the Tampa Bay.

Media Contact:
Shannon Martin
727-447-5845
shannonmartin@agingwisely.com

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Sister Companies Add New Team Member

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EasyLiving, Inc. and Aging Wisely, LLC promote Shannon Martin to director of communications; appoint Cynthia Bondell as director of community relations

Clearwater, Fla. (Aug. 30, 2010) – In response to continued growth and increased demands, Easy Living, Inc., a trusted provider of private duty home healthcare for residents of Pinellas County, has announced the promotion of Shannon Martin to director of communications and the appointment of Cynthia Bondell to take over Shannon’s previous role of director of community relations for both EasyLiving, Inc. and Aging Wisely, LLC, a comprehensive care management and consultation company in Clearwater, Fla.

As director of communications, Martin will assume more responsibilities for EasyLiving and Aging Wisely’s communications, as they continue to share their expertise with families and professionals across the country via the Web and other means. Bondell will assume responsibilities for community outreach, marketing and sales for both companies.

“We are pleased to welcome Cynthia to our team. Her experience and knowledge of the Tampa Bay senior and elder care community will certainly be an asset as we continue to grow,” said Alex Chamberlain, executive director of EasyLiving, Inc. “Cynthia’s main responsibility will be to educate the community about our services and make sure the community knows we’re there to help when needed.”

Bondell brings more than 13 years of experience in the Tampa Bay senior housing market to her new role. Most recently, Bondell served as director of sales and marketing for Aston Gardens of Tampa Bay. She received her M.A. in Gerontology from Northeast Louisiana University, now University of Louisiana of Monroe.

EasyLiving, which serves clients in Pinellas and Pasco counties, provides services such as transportation, light housekeeping, errands, household management, assistance with activities of daily living and hygiene, medication management and companionship. With more than ten years of experience, Aging Wisely provides a unique combination of services to meet the needs of caregivers including home safety assessments, care planning and recommendations, coordination of community services, monitoring services and more.

About EasyLiving, Inc.
EasyLiving, Inc. is a fully licensed, private duty home health care company serving individuals and families in Pinellas County, Florida. Our highly trained, extensively screened, and courteous Personal Care Assistants provide clients with the non-medical support they need to have more active, healthy, and meaningful lives and remain comfortably in their own homes. We work with directly with long term care insurance providers to ensure that the hassle of filing paperwork is minimized and our clients have the freedom to focus on the activities they enjoy the most. For more information, please visit www.easylivingfl.com.

About Aging Wisely, LLC.
Founded in 1998, Aging Wisely, LLC is a professional care management and consultation company, serving families faced with illness, disability and caregiving concerns. Based in Clearwater, Fla., Aging Wisely provides expertise, consultation, assessments, advocacy and coordination of services for clients in Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough counties and for families throughout the nation. Additionally, Aging Wisely is often called upon by organizations and publications as an expert resource on eldercare issues and aging. In 2009, Aging Wisely was recognized as a finalist in the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Healthcare Heroes awards. For more information, please visit www.agingwisely.com.

Media Contact:
Shannon Martin
727-744-3379
shannonmartin@agingwisely.com

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Medicare Assistance Available to Help Retirees

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Aging Wisely offers innovative new service to help individuals wade through complexities of Medicare & healthcare reform

Clearwater, Fla. (September 20, 2010) – Aging Wisely, LLC, a local geriatric care management and consultation firm, announces a new service to help individuals make sense of their retirement healthcare choices.

“With the large variety of options available for retirees to get healthcare coverage and more confusion since healthcare reform passed, consumers have been asking us for individualized advice on their best options,” says Linda Chamberlain, President and Founder of Aging Wisely. “We designed this program to specifically address that need and the desire for objective advice from professionals who navigate the healthcare system daily and see the inner workings.”

The Medicare Analysis package uses a personal assessment of the client’s situation, needs, and priorities to identify the best options and educate the client at the same time. Clients that have been benefiting from this service include professionals nearing retirement age, couples who have different employer/retiree options, family caregivers of aging parents, and anyone concerned with the overwhelming costs of healthcare and long term care in retirement. For more information visit www.agingwisely.com, call 727-447-5845, or download the Medicare Analysis flier. Consultation services are available for clients throughout the United States.

About Aging Wisely: Founded in 1998, Aging Wisely, LLC is a professional care management and consultation company, serving families faced with illness, disability and caregiving concerns. Based in Clearwater, Fla., Aging Wisely provides expertise, consultation, assessments, advocacy and coordination of services for clients in Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough counties and for families throughout the nation. Additionally, Aging Wisely is often called upon by organizations and publications as an expert resource on eldercare issues and aging. In 2009, Aging Wisely was recognized as a finalist in the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Healthcare Heroes awards. For more information, please visit www.agingwisely.com.

Media Contact:
Shannon Martin
shannonmartin@agingwisely.com

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Tampa Bay Care Manager Wins National Award

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Julie Scott, Aging Wisely LLC, wins national healthcare award

Clearwater, Fla. (October 6, 2010) – Aging Wisely, LLC, a local geriatric care management and consultation firm, is proud to announce that Julie Scott, Geriatric Care Manager, won the Dorland Health People national award for “Geriatric Care Manager” on Monday October 4th. Julie and other finalists and winners were honored at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

Dorland Health, an influential healthcare publishing and educational organization, offers this description: “The Dorland Health People Awards set the benchmark for outstanding patient care and systems delivery achieved across the diverse healthcare team…the Awards honor the diligent, the influential—in short, the special—practitioners who coordinate and provide care.” For more information on the awards, finalists and winners visit http://www.dorlandhealth.com/Dorland-Health-People-Awards/2010-people-awards-finalists.html.

“Julie has worked as a Professional Geriatric Care Manager for Aging Wisely for 9 years and has had a tremendous impact on clients, families, our internal team/colleagues and the other professionals we see as part of our team,” states Linda Chamberlain, President of Aging Wisely, LLC. “We receive many thankful letters from families that Julie helps, but we also see the ways she uses her creativity, knowledge and leadership to help strengthen our team and processes. We feel she is very deserving of this award and are proud that she has been honored as top in her field throughout the nation.”

In addition to her work with older adults and their families, Julie specializes in care management for clients with special needs, Alzheimer’s client and family support and comprehensive assessments for complex cases and legal matters. Julie recently led the development of a new Medicare Analysis program. Last year, she contributed to a chapter on disaster preparedness in a textbook widely used by the geriatric care management profession. To view Julie Scott’s bio: https://www.agingwisely.com/meet-our-team/#julie.

About Aging Wisely: Founded in 1998, Aging Wisely, LLC is a professional care management and consultation company, serving families faced with illness, disability and caregiving concerns. Based in Clearwater, Fla., Aging Wisely provides expertise, consultation, assessments, advocacy and coordination of services for clients in Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough counties and for families throughout the nation.

Media Contact:
Shannon Martin
shannonmartin@agingwisely.com
727-744-3379

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