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Health and elder advocacy
Patient Advocates (lay advocates) are part of patient-centered health care, helping create a paradigm shift in fostering prevention and healthy living.
I am trained in:
--motivational interviewing and behavior modification
-- specialties in senior care and elder issues
--chronic disease issues and prevention
As a navigator and health advocate, I am able to blend my training and experience to support you in finding holistic solutions to your health needs. Through extensive intake and discussion, I support you on your path to health/healing.
--Identify your goals.
--Identify barriers to achieving those goals
--Identify resources you currently utilize
From there, I can direct you to other appropriate resources, including community-based services, emotional and/or spiritual support and other complementary/alternative therapies. I will work with you if you need research to understand your diagnosis or for symptom self-management. I can help you better communicate with your care team to achieve true patient-centered care.
Together, we create a step-by-step plan to get you where you want to be.
In becoming a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA), I completed the extensive course entitled "Working with Older Adults." This course gives professionals a practical, comprehensive understanding of health, social and financial issues that are important to many older adults, including ethical issues specific to aging.
The training "Working with Older Adults" is written by experts in their fields and is based on key competencies for serving older adults. The certification, with rigorous testing, is dually accredited by the NCCA and ANSI and must be renewed with continuing education, including ethics courses.
Thus, I combine my decades of listening to clients with the training of health navigation with a special focus on elders.
As I have continued these many years in my private practice, my long-time and loyal clients have grown older, too! As a Certified Senior Advisor with a background in gerontology, I understand the many facets of aging and its challenges. I've also listened to my clients tell me of their struggles within our health care system, which led me to my Patient Navigator certificate from Sonoma State University.