Friday, August 1, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Elder Options team helps people live safe, independent lives

DSC_7849e

The staff at Elder Options, front row, left to right, Jessica Grijalva, Carol Heape, Cynthia Hayden. Back row, left to right, Rachel Carter, Syd Mize, Elizabeth Caldwell, Stacy Schmidt, Deon Batchelder. Additional staff not pictured: Genia Smith, Diane McGimsey, Robin Hochgrebe. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene

By
From page WIB4 | January 31, 2014 |

Developed in 1988 by Carol S. Heape, MSW, CMC – CEO, Elder Options Inc. continues to provide an exemplary quality of care throughout El Dorado County and into the Sacramento Region.

Over the past 26 years, the company has grown from a one-person, home-based business to over 70 employees serving clients from three locations: Folsom, Placerville and South Lake Tahoe. The Folsom office opened earlier this year to better serve clients/families living in the Sacramento area.

“Having a service based company is a rewarding to work with clients and families,” Heape said. “The challenge is that each client and each family are different. Fortunately, our professional geriatric care managers have the education and training to work with each person to find the right solution.”

A “woman-owned” business from the beginning, Elder Options is unique with the various services that are provided with the full intent to serve clients of all ages and their families looking for options for remaining as independent for as long as possible.

Geriatric care managers, members of the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers, are credentialed experts who meet with clients and families to understand the issues at hand, explain the public and community resources available to them and help them develop a cost-effective, safe and satisfactory plan for each of them. The PGCM then is available to oversee resources put in place such as a home care component to ensure the individual is satisfied with the results. Elder Options care managers live throughout the service area — Placerville, South Lake Tahoe, Folsom, Shingle Springs, Citrus Heights and Rancho Murrieta — to better serve the clients in their area.

Elder Options is also unique in that it provides a wide array of services including Medi-Cal waiver programs for individuals who need placement in assisted living but do not have the resources to pay privately. Another Medi-Cal program, Money Follows the Person, also utilizes PGCMs to assess the individual’s needs and assist him/her to move home from a skilled nursing facility with assistance. Another resource PGCMs utilize is to help the client/family review and understand long-term care insurance coverage. It’s not unusual that a policy was purchased years ago with benefits that can be accessed with the help of the PGCM. Home care benefits are usually covered within a comprehensive long-term policy and Elder Options staff will handle the monthly billing for the client/family. A handyman service began a short time ago is gaining in popularity as the handyman employee fills a variety of small jobs with his expertise.

All employees of Elder Options are reimbursed for in-service training which is expected and mandatory for all. A community supporter, Elder Options’ employees regularly collect and donate to support the less fortunate and needy in the community with food basket drives, calendar drives and most recently, collecting new socks, gloves and hats for the homeless community.

“With all of us living and working in the community, Elder Options employees recognize the benefits and responsibilities to be good neighbors and help as we can,” Heape said. “We benefit from the ability to give.”

To inquire about services or if there’s a question about older adult issues, call (800)336-1709 or 530-626-6939 or e-mail info@elderoptionsca.com. For more information about Elder Options visit elderoptionsca.com.

Comments

comments

Special to the Democrat

.

News

Cameron Park house burns

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Supes delay petition

By Chris Daley | From Page: A1

Fire generated small city, inspired volunteers

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Sand Fire 95% contained

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A1

 
Two fires in town

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A3

SUV hits parked cars

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A12

 
.

Opinion

The weekly Daley: The wrong side of history

By Chris Daley | From Page: A4

 
Billingsley’s bullets: Advice from my psychiatrist

By Bob Billingsley | From Page: A4

.

Letters

Second Amendment

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5Comments are off for this post

 
Pollock Pines’ Fourth of July Parade

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5Comments are off for this post

Water conservation

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5Comments are off for this post

 
Koby

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

Debt reduction at EID with Coco?

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

 
Time for change in CP

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

Olives need less water

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

 
EID rate discrimination

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5Comments are off for this post

.

Sports

Camp draws good numbers

By Jerry Heinzer | From Page: A9Comments are off for this post | Gallery

 
New law tackles gridiron concussion problem

By Mike Bush | From Page: A9 | Gallery

Outside with Charlie: Rafting denied

By Charlie Ferris | From Page: A9

 
Racing returns with big 5-division card

By Bill Sullivan | From Page: A9

Roundup: July 31, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A10

 
.

Prospecting

Sing while you paint

By Placerville Arts Association | From Page: B1Comments are off for this post | Gallery

 
Plenty of golden fun during SlugFest

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Things to do: Aug. 1, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B2

 
The making of a champion

By Special to the Democrat | From Page: B2

Art on the Divide is showing new exhibitor

By Art On The Divide | From Page: B3

 
‘The Flu Season’ stirs emotions

By Ovation Stage | From Page: B4

Guitar group performs in Sutter Creek

By Sutter Creek | From Page: B5

 
Time to register for classes at Center Stage

By Center Stage Dance Academy | From Page: B5

Get a groove on in Sutter Creek

By Sutter Creek | From Page: B8

 
Chris Young in concert at Carson Valley Inn

By Carson Valley Inn | From Page: B8

The music continues at Bear Valley Music Festival

By News Release | From Page: B8

 
Sacramento Museums are celebrating

By Sacramento Association Of Museums | From Page: B9

 
.

Essentials

Weather stats

By Michael Raffety | From Page: A2

 
Crime Log: July 17-19

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A2

.

Obituaries

Mark A. Smith

By Contributor | From Page: A2

 
Jeffie “Jeff” Lee Callahan

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Patsy Ruth Wing

By Contributor | From Page: A2

 
Lisa Oliver Rose

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Larry A. Randall

By Contributor | From Page: A2

 
.

Real Estate

Decorating your home by the numbers

By Marni Jameson | From Page: HS4

 
Avoiding the deal killers

By Ken Calhoon | From Page: HS4

Hilltop home views outrank water-front views

Press Release | From Page: HS7

 
Luxury home sales jump

Press Release | From Page: HS11

 
Pending home sales decrease in June

Press Release | From Page: HS13

 
Sheryl Lindroos joins American Heritage

Press Release | From Page: HS17

Sunny Rosabella exudes a warm ambiance

Press Release | From Page: HS23

 
.

Comics

.

Home Source

Decorating your home by the numbers

By Marni Jameson | From Page: HS4

Avoiding the deal killers

By Ken Calhoon | From Page: HS4

Hilltop home views outrank water-front views

Press Release | From Page: HS7

Luxury home sales jump

Press Release | From Page: HS11

Pending home sales decrease in June

Press Release | From Page: HS13

Sheryl Lindroos joins American Heritage

Press Release | From Page: HS17

Sunny Rosabella exudes a warm ambiance

Press Release | From Page: HS23