On this week’s episode of the Seekers of Meaning TV Show and Podcast, the guest is Amy Seigel, RN, CCM, founder and CEO of Advocare Geriatric Care Services in South Florida.
Advocare provides skilled nurses, social workers and other health and medical professionals who offer levels of care based on the needs of a family member. Decreased mobility and cognitive functioning can make even the most basic task a monumental challenge. When families are spread out, it can be difficult to provide the level of care your loved one needs. Advocare care managers work closely with clients to provide such services as medical care, transportation, managing prescriptions, offering emotional support and arranging in-home services to handle day to day tasks and support.
Amy discusses the impact of the pandemic on the work that her company does. She explains that most of their clients are seniors, and that they have seen an increase in the need for their services since the pandemic began. Seigel describes how Advocare has had to adapt their methods in order to continue providing care to their clients during the pandemic. In the early stages of the pandemic, home health care providers had to get creative in how they cared for their patients. This included things like taking their blood pressure through a window or passing pillboxes through a mail slot. Providers also had to become adept at testing and using personal protective equipment. The pandemic also created challenges in terms of mental and emotional health, as many seniors were isolated from their loved ones.
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About the Guest
Amy Seigel, RN, CCM
Advocare Founder and CEO, Amy Seigel, has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Miami, and over 37 years of experience assisting patients in achieving their optimum level of health and quality of life. Prior to forming Advocare in 2001 she was Director of Patient Services for a major hospital group. She holds national board certifications as a Certified Medical Case Manager (CCM) and Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse (CRRN). Her background includes geriatric medicine, neurology, stroke recovery, ortho / rehab, and traumatic head & brain injury. Amy has served on the Education and Public Relations Committees for the National and Florida Association of the (formally known) Geriatric Care Management Association.
She has been a long standing member of the Case Management Society of America, the Natl Association of Rehabilitaion Nurses, as well as the Aging Life Care Association (formerly known as the Natl Assoc of Geriatric Care Managers), Amy has served on a national committee for Sacred Aging, and is involved in several organizations that support and promote services for the elderly. Amy has served as adjunct lecturer on elder care issues at Nova University in Ft. Lauderdale, and their Institute for Learning in Retirement. Amy is considered an authority on the care management industry. She has served as a guest advisor at our nation’s capitol, on America’s Health Care Crisis Coalition to represent the needs of seniors in national health care policy. She has served as a lecturer on senior issues for Alzheimer’s Association and Hadassah and has led trainings for other Care Managers within the Aging Life Care Association. She has been interviewed widely on the subject of Geriatric Care Management including SmartMoney.com, the Miami Herald, and multiple professional case management journals.
Amy was proudly recognized by her peers in the South Florida Case Management Society as “Case Manager of the Year.” Click here to read the full press release. Amy was also proudly selected in 2010 to serve on the Board of Directors of the Florida Geriatric Care Managers Association.