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Michele Osentowski, LMSW-IP, C-ASWCM has been practicing social work since 1992. Michele earned her Bachelor of Science at the University of North Texas majoring in social work. She went on to complete her Masters of Science in Social Work at the University of Texas at Arlington in 1999. Michele has extensive experience working in the criminal justice system.
She authored "An In Depth Look at Housing Locator Services for the Elderly". She has been a member of the Aging Life Care Professionals™ since 2001. She has been active on the South Central Chapter of the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers public relations committee. She has been practicing Professional Geriatric Care Management Services since 2001.
Michele is licensed by the State of Texas as a Licensed Masters of Social Worker. In 2008, she received her Independent Practice designation from the Texas Board of Social Workers.
She is the co-coordinator of monthly events for the Society in Social Workers Leaders in Healthcare Dallas Chapter. She has developed educational programs for the continued development of the Social Work professional.
She is a native of Dallas, Texas. Mother of two "humans with fur", Finn, an Anatolian German Shepherd mix and Mistro, a border collie mix.
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Aging Life Care Professionals
Are specialized health & human service professionals advocating and directing the care of older adults and others facing ongoing health challenges. Working with families, their expertise work for family caregivers.
- Experienced professionals with a strong background and education in social work, nursing, counseling, and/or geriatrics.
- Navigators for Families: Aging Life Care Professionals use advocacy, knowledge, and expertise to assess the individual’s needs and abilities, and to navigate the complexities of the healthcare system and services designed specifically for older adults.
- Aging Life Care Professionals provide access and direction to families or older adults to entitlements or community resources specific to their needs.
- Supporters for Quality of Life: Aging Life Care™ leads to optimal actions for ongoing care and quality of life for clients and their families.
- Aging Life Care Professionals work with families to find the best solutions for complex problems. They work with families to prioritize actions items and reduce the feelings of being “overwhelmed”.
- Aging Life Care Professionals are creative and build a plan of care around resources in the community and can build solutions where there are few current resources.
- When clients turn to a member of ALCA, they can be assured that the practitioner: has attained the education and experience required for membership.
- is required to adhere to ALCA Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.
- Aging Life Care clients are older adults, special needs adults, or those with health conditions which do not resolve such as MS, Cerebral Palsy, or Asperger’s.
Indicators Professional Care may be needed.
Frequent falls or unexplained bruises.
Unexplained weight loss of 10 lbs. or more in a 12-month period.
Forgetting to take medication or overdoses of medication, including mistakes in taking medication as ordered or abusing medication.
Bizarre or deviant behavior.
Getting lost while driving or walking.
Loss of interest in social activities or social isolation.
Neglecting to pay bills or cash checks.
A small kitchen or bedroom fire.
Not eating properly or regularly.
Abusing alcohol or drugs.
Unsafe driving or getting driving violation tickets frequently or involved in driving accidents.
Confusion, judgment in question.
New balance or mobility problems and refusing to use cane or walker.
Health complaints or symptoms, but refusing to see the doctor.
Forgetting things cooking on the stove or turning on burners or appliances and forgetting to turn them off.
One spouse overwhelmed or in poor health caring for a dependent spouse.
Complex medical or psychological problems or chronic health conditions that require ongoing oversight.
Family members struggling to meet the needs of their loved ones, exhausted, or "overwhelmed".
Family members living at a distance, or disagreeing over care solutions.