Betty Duncan, LPN | Geriatric Care Manager, Hartford HealthCare
Older adults who wish to remain as healthy and independent as possible as they age can often find challenges to these goals. Among those challenges can be the confusing maze of services and organizations available to seniors, as well as the sometimes complex systems of financial and medical support.
Circumstances can be exacerbated by the fact that their loved ones and caregivers may live far away and need assistance in connecting their aging loved one with services and resources.
The Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging was developed in 2004 as a free resource and assessment center designed to make it easier for seniors, their loved ones and caregivers to access essential information and services to attain the optimal quality of life.
At the Center, we have a team of professionals with expertise in human services, education, gerontology, nursing, and social work. We also have certified dementia practitioners.
Our team includes:
- Resource Coordinators
- Transitional Care Nurses
- Dementia Specialists
- Geriatric Care Management
We provide an array of free services, including needs assessments and resource coordination. These assessments are done by healthcare professionals in any of our Centers or in the comfort of your home.
We offer dementia care support, working thoughtfully with families and caregivers to provide education, answer questions, and assist with future planning.
We also have expertise in geriatric care management, so that children or other loved ones can have peace of mind knowing you or your aging parent or relative can have an advocate.
Our team also includes Transitional Care RNs for assistance:
- Medication management/safety
- Assess if appropriate for homecare
- Recent hospitalization or ER visit
- Cognitive concerns
- Complex medical history
- Frequent falls
- Nutrition education
- Disease specific education
- Family dynamics/dysfunction
- Clinical concerns
Our team members work with local community agencies and providers to ensure our clients are receiving all the services they need. This can run the gamut from housing to transportation to medication management to applicable state or federal benefits.
We also offer services for a fee, including Geriatric Care Management. A Geriatric Care Manager can:
- Coordinate and attend medical appointments
- Medication management
- Coordination of care services
- Interview private duty staff
- Assist with bill paying and paperwork
The great news is that the Center has locations across the state.
For more information or to make an appointment for an assessment, call 1.877.4AGING1 (1.877.424.4641). https://hhcseniorservices.org/services/center-for-healthy-aging