Debra Levy Eldercare Associates is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected Aging Life Care™ management practices in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Independently owned and operated since our founding in 1988, our dedicated team of professional care managers provides expert recommendations and individualized support to families and their relatives facing the challenges of aging or disability.
Our team of care managers, comprised of social workers, nurses and gerontologists, provide a wide variety of services to assist our clients and their families. Our care managers are available for office consultations, short term crisis management or relocation support and ongoing care management services. “Thank you for making the lives of everyone in our family easier and less stressed.” Those words were written by one of our long-time client’s daughter, but they are sentiments that are expressed to our dedicated aging life care managers every day.
Our company’s unique history, combined with the diverse backgrounds and expertise of our twelve care managers, creates a very special team of professionals to guide and support our aging adult clients and their families. As an attorney responsible for one of our clients wrote about one of our care managers, “You are a wonder! No matter what’s thrown at you, I’ve never heard you to complain or get discouraged. I’d love to see your job description. Every time I read one of your messages, I wonder what (we) would have done without you!”
Our longevity has allowed us to develop strong relationships with our clients, their families and other professionals serving aging adults in the metro DC area. We have been honored to serve multiple members of the same family, maintaining relationships with some families for more than 15 years. Whether we are providing comfort, reassurance and advocacy to a client in the hospital or helping them to celebrate a birthday, showing a client a video of their faraway great-grandchild on an ipad or matching them with a companion or caregiver, it is our relationships that allow us to make a difference in the lives of those we serve.
“Thank you for everything you did for my parents. We could not have functioned without you. Your help added many months to the lives of my parents. You were a Godsend. God bless the work that you do.“ -Son of a client
Debra Levy, (1953-2012) dedicated over 30 years serving the elderly and disabled in home health care, adult day care, nursing home and hospital settings. She founded Debra Levy Eldercare Associates in 1988 and was one of the area’s longest practicing Professional Geriatric Care Managers.
She received her BA in Psychology (Magna Cum Laude), a Master’s Degree in Social Work and a Master’s Certificate in Aging, all from the University of Maryland. She was certified by the National Academy of Geriatric Care Managers. She served for many years on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers. In 2011, Debra was awarded the Adele Elkind Award, a distinguished award given to one member each year for extraordinary contributions of service and commitment to the profession of geriatric care management and the NAPGCM. Debra was appointed to the Professional Advisory Board of the University of Maryland School of Social Work and served on the Professional Advisory Council of the Jewish Hospice.
Her mission to provide families and seniors the best in caring, individualized and effective support as they face the challenges of aging will continue through the work of the dedicated Debra Levy Eldercare leadership and staff. Our Debbie’s Angels program was named in her memory and honors her desire for the best quality of life possible for clients. Our Angels carry on her passionate work of love and service to the community by improving the lives of older adults and people with disabilities through social engagement and companionship.
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Debra started DLEA as a solo practitioner working out of her home office while raising her young family. She built the business, practice and referral sources one client at a time. She joined “head and heart” to combine expert knowledge with caring and compassion for older adults while building a warm, competent staff and supportive work environment.
As one of the first care managers in Maryland, she quickly became involved with the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers (now the Aging Life Care Association). Sadly, Debra passed away in 2012, shortly after being diagnosed with cancer. Her long-time Director of Care Management, Susy Elder Murphy continued to run the company during Debra’s illness and assumed ownership after her death.
“You and your staff made such a difference in my Dad’s life. You have hired and trained an outstanding group, and I hope that other families find your services as helpful as I have.“ – Client’s daughter
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What is an Aging Life Care™ Manager?
An Aging Life Care Manager is dedicated to helping clients age well while also supporting quality of life for family members. This phase of a family’s journey together is often complicated. There is more to do than there is time. Relatives may live far away. Relations can become strained.
Our professional training and knowledge of best practices can ease the journey.
Every family is unique. As Aging Life Care Managers, we apply our insights and skills in 8 key areas to provide you with a positive care plan tailored to your family’s individual needs and strengths.
We offer expertise regarding:
- Health and disability: Through assessments and experience, we can help you understand what your loved one does well, and in what areas he or she could use additional help.
- Finances: A review of the current monetary situation will result in a plan to make resources stretch as efficiently as possibly while maintaining the desired level of comfort, dignity and safety.
- Housing: Based on the assessments, recommendations can be made for optimal living situations now, with a view to likely changes in the foreseeable future.
- Family: Sibling disagreements and old family history often make the aging journey difficult. Our training provides for skilled facilitation of family meetings and creation of a plan that takes everyone’s needs into account.
- Local Resources: There are programs available to help, but it’s difficult to know which one is the most appropriate for your situation. Save time and money by letting us objectively evaluate the situation and connect you to the resources best suited to your needs.
- Advocacy: Our comprehensive knowledge of the disjointed health care system allows us to monitor quality and lobby for the care and treatment your family wants.
- Legal: Let us help you identify issues and get key paperwork in order.
- Crisis Intervention: The unexpected is simply a fact of life in aging. We are experienced with elder emergencies and are ready to jump in at a moment’s notice.
Debra Levy Eldercare Associates is in the business of helping aging adults and their families to live well throughout the aging process. Give us a call at 301-593-5285 to discuss the many ways we can help you.
“I wanted to thank you for being an advocate, friend and family for the past 5 years. Thank you for all the little things: TV, the fruit, sugarless candy, and the sugarless gum. Thank you for all the big items too… healthcare conferences, medical chart reviews, staying after the staff about dental care, eating and a whole host of other things. As I told you, I did not feel our client was alone, because she had you. I know her passing was hard on you because you were so close to her. I cannot thank you enough. Thank you for stepping in and the extra hours to see that she was not alone in her final hours. Thank you for arranging for the private duty aides and overseeing her care and conveying the information back to me.“ -Trust officer
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How we are different
What makes an Aging Life Care Manager stand apart from the others is the commitment to stay focused on the needs of the client and family. Others may offer services for less, but what you receive cannot help but be influenced by the payment structure.
Hospital- or insurance-based case managers are employees of the health care system. They are good professionals. Their focus, however, is to address the issues of patients within the institution and to make efficient use of services for their organization.
We are based in the community and work with aging adults wherever they live. We provide continuity of care across all settings. We include the family and focus on improving quality of life for the older adult and their grown children.
Senior advisors are paid referral fees to suggest elder care facilities. As a general rule, they have a more limited sphere of knowledge and do not hold a professional degree needed to give them expertise in the 8 key areas of elder care. Only those facilities willing to pay a finder’s fee will be included in their list of suggestions. There may be a more appropriate option, but it will not be mentioned if the facility does not pay for referrals.
Because we are paid directly by you, we are independent and objective. Our focus is 100% on the needs of your family and your aging loved ones. We apply our considerable skill and years of training to your unique situation.
When the issue is safety and quality of life, you deserve the best!
“I cannot say enough or find words to express our thanks for the way our care manager guided us along the way until the end. She is not only a seasoned professional but a very charming and compassionate person. We have been honored to have worked with her as she covered every aspect of the case, especially the interaction and liaison with the healthcare community. My son and daughters and granddaughter join me in thanking you.“ – Client
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