KITH: [noun] acquaintances, friends, neighbors, or the like; persons living in the same general locality and forming a more or less cohesive group
At Kith Elder Care, our name signifies the commitment to providing the same quality of care and attention that we would want for our own family members.
Warmth, caring, and the belief in human dignity are the driving forces behind Kith Elder Care's care management services. Kith Elder Care realizes that the changes associated with aging can be difficult and that deciding on the best plan of action for yourself or an elder can be a daunting task filled with questions and anxiety.
As a licensed social worker and certified Geriatric Care Manager, Liz Dunleavy, LSW, CMC, analyzes each client's situation and provides them with a thorough assessment and highly personalized plan of care that includes practical and timely solutions. Support in the decision making process is provided every step of the way.
Liz Dunleavy, MSW, LSW, CMC
Liz Dunleavy, of Kith Elder Care, serves as a Geriatric Care Manager (GCM) in the greater Philadelphia area. Liz is a licensed social worker and certified care manager. With her experience, she provides expert guidance, caring advocacy and timely connections with cost-effective services for older adults and their families, planning for current and future needs.
Liz received her Master's degree in social work from Fordham University with an emphasis in gerontology and her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Simmons College. She is a member of the Aging Life Care Association (ALCA) and serves on the board of its Mid-Atlantic Chapter. In addition, she is co-chair of the ALCA Philadelphia Unit.
Bonney Dahlgren DosSantos, BSW, CMC
For over 20 years, Bonney has worked as an advocate for older adults and those with disabilities. Much of her career was spent as a geriatric care manager for Catholic Housing and Community Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. In her time there, she founded and developed the Saint Monica Eldercare Program, which became a model for care management and service provision throughout the Archdiocese. Bonney also has a broad knowledge of Medicare and enjoys advising individuals in choosing insurance that best meets their needs. Since retiring from full time employment with CHCS, Bonney continues her work as an advocate with Kith Elder Care, where she continues to follow her motto - "Supporting Choice, Providing guidance".
What is a Geriatric Care Manager (GCM)?
A professional Geriatric Care Manager (GCM) is a health and human services specialist who helps individuals as they care for older friends or relatives. The GCM is trained, experienced and certified in any of several fields related to care management, including social work, nursing, and gerontology. The GCM uses a holistic approach to create a plan of care that encompasses multiple facets of the client's life. Typically the assessment is followed by ongoing care management that provides oversight of the client and any services they may be receiving. Through ongoing care management, changes in status are more readily identified and addressed.
Kith Elder Care serves Philadelphia, Montgomery, Delaware, Chester, and Bucks Counties
A care plan is developed, taking into account the client’s wishes and unique environmental, physical, mental, emotional, social, safety and financial circumstances. The care plan offers practical, cost effective solutions to match your individual situation and budget.
Ongoing care management allows the care manager to establish a rapport with the elder, monitor their status, and address issues as they arise, helping to improve the elder's quality of life while minimizing the risk of neglect or unnecessary hospitalization. Families are given peace of mind knowing that they have a compassionate professional working with their loved one.
The care manager’s experience with the healthcare system and knowledge of local resources can save clients and their families valuable time and money by linking them to the most appropriate and highest quality providers in elder care.
A care manager accompanying a client to medical appointments ensures that pertinent questions are asked, answered, and understood. Visit summaries and suggestions for next steps serve as valuable tools to families and other healthcare providers.
A strong knowledge of the various housing options available to seniors enables the care manager to help tailor the search for those who are new to the area or who may require an alternative living environment.
Assistance in resolving issues that may arise between family members and/or providers.
The care manager works to ensure that the client’s wishes are being honored and they are receiving the best and most cost effective services, as well as supporting their family and loved ones in the decision making process.
We provide a variety of additional individualized services to meet the needs of our clients. Don't hesitate to ask!
We'd love to talk more. Contact us for a free consultation.
Kith Elder Care, LLC
8225 Germantown Ave., PO Box 4365
Philadelphia, PA 19118
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