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Debra Levy Eldercare Associates

Susy Elder Murphy, BA, CMC, Owner

11120 New Hampshire Ave., Suite 505

Silver Spring, MD

20904

301-593-5285

https://care-manager.com

As the pandemic developed, Murphy recognized the need for a Custom Coronavirus Plan to help caregiving families and seniors living alone be ready to cope if they, or someone in the household, became infected. Through a dedicated link at www.DLEAconsults.com, an appointment with a care manager can be scheduled to make a just-in-case plan.

“We call ourselves wedding planners for growing older, but when the pandemic hit, aging in place took on a whole new meaning,” says Susy Elder Murphy, owner of Debra Levy Eldercare Associates (DLEA), provider of Aging Life Care Management services in Maryland and the metro DC area since 1988.

The pandemic has added layers of care needs, including educating clients to help keep them safe from the virus, and a review and updating of their medical directives as needed. As weeks of sheltering in place have become months, Murphy and her team of 12 nurses, social workers and gerontologists remain as busy as ever. They closely monitor any hospitalized clients and provide advocacy to achieve the desired discharge plan, which often means avoiding rehab facilities and setting up intensive homecare instead. DLEA can become the lifeline between isolated patients, their medical team and out-of-town family members.

For those who remain healthy but are sheltering at home, Debbie’s Angels, their concierge companions, have pivoted as well and search for toilet paper, cleaning supplies and PPE that they can deliver contact-free.

Now families are beginning to evaluate whether their loved ones are best cared for in a facility, or in their own apartment or the family home. DLEA is providing phone or video consultations to objectively evaluate all of the options based on the needs and budget of the client.

“In these uncertain times,” says Murphy, “people need to know that we are experienced and available. Peace of mind can be just a phone call away.”

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