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Executive Director and Geriatric Care Management Nurse
Certified PRI and SCREEN Assessor
||Founder and President of Better Business Partners Serving Seniors
GRAPE (Greater Rochester Area Partnership for the Elderly)
Alzheimer Advocacy Committee
ANA (American Nurses Association)
NCPC (National Care Planning Council)
NEWS 10; “Dear Jennifer” Letters and Educational Articles
At 18 years old, I had my own apartment, purchased a car myself - an old Ford Falcon station wagon (it was a bit dilapidated, but I loved that car) and I put myself through nursing school.
I worked 21 years at Genesee Hospital in Rochester NY, serving as a nurse’s aide in orthopedics, a secretary in the coronary care unit, a staff nurse in dialysis, and a year later the nurse manager of dialysis. I worked as nurse manager for 11 years until I needed major surgery and decided to go part time to raise my children. I did a year in ambulatory surgery, and transferred to the mental health unit for 6 years. I left Genesee Hospital shortly before it started closing. I still miss “my” hospital.
My major surgery was a matter of having my hips replaced. I know first-hand what joint replacement is like, something many seniors experience as well. During this time, my own mother developed Alzheimer’s dementia. She and I struggled with her declines and changes for 12 years in a nursing home. Families and seniors appreciate that I know what it’s like to be the family of an Alzheimer’s victim.
My next employment was 9 years as an instructor for adults wishing to become home health aides. The bulk of their training pertained to working with seniors and it gave me a great insider’s look at home care. Sadly, this department was closed in favor of one central training area.
When one door closes I find another to open. It was at this time I decided to go into Geriatric Care Management. I felt that my many varied experiences prepared me for this position. And now I’ve worked since 1997 as a Geriatric Care Manager. I love making a difference. I love my job, but most of all, I am grateful for, and respect, my families and seniors.
I look forward to meeting you!