Counseling, Consulting, and Case Management service
Counseling, Consulting, and Case Management service
A certified case manager (CCM) is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) who is specially trained and has extensive experience in care management and the needs of the family unit. A case manager is a private duty advocate who provides guidance for family members who want to ensure their loved one receives the best possible care according to their individual needs. This service is available for those families who do not meet criteria for publicly financed services such as Medicaid and other state and federal programs.
According to AARP, people 65 and older now make up about 16 percent of the U.S. population. By 2060, that share is expected to rise to 23 percent, and the number of seniors is projected to nearly double to 95 million, in part because people are living longer.
The number of caregivers who will need help will also increase. Caring for an older parent while also caring for young families with school aged children can be challenging. A case manager can take some of the pressure off of those families who often have other commitments by assisting with finding caregivers, placement in assisted living facilities or nursing homes, and making other appropriate referrals.
We are often squeezed between our own children and our parents.
Sometimes we find ourselves trying to have a career, care for our own growing family, and also having to provide care for our aging parents.
A self referral is accepted and there is no doctor’s order required for case management or counseling.
Often covered by Medicare and provided as a one on one support for treatment of depression, anxiety, relationship or family issues.
We realize that older adults often have difficulty with technology and so family members or caregivers can be helpful in setting up sessions and then providing a safe, comfortable, and private space for the client to engage with the therapist.
Provide an in-home or virtual assessment to evaluate current and future needs. Specific referrals will be given for caregiving needs such as hiring a caregiver, or assisting with placement.
Trusted referrals to qualified professionals
Medicare and other managed care programs cover in-home counseling for older adults. Other counseling and case management is covered under private pay. Please contact us for our rates.
The visit will be scheduled ahead of time and will take anywhere from 60-90 minutes, sometimes longer if necessary.
We will conduct a detailed interview to explore medical history and the needs of your loved one and the family. We will explore all medical equipment and all possible resources that would be helpful. We can arrange for weekly in-home visits to provide emotional support. The weekly visits are usually covered by Medicare for those adults over the age of 65.
Coronavirus has drastically changed our world. Prior to the visit, the clinician will ask you a few questions concerning any symptoms you may be experiencing and whether anyone in the home has recently tested positive for Covid. An initial intake can be completed via telehealth.
Kristen Accisano is a passionate clinical social worker who specializes in helping individuals and families during difficult transitions. She has experience working with all age groups. Her primary focus is with older adults and she is a fierce advocate for her clients. She worked for many years in the largest healthcare systems in NJ and is well known in the medical community.
Her experience began when she worked as an advocate for children living in violent communities in Belfast, Northern Ireland during The Troubles. She was also the coordinator of a Senior Center in Lurgan, Northern Ireland where she facilitated group sessions and initiated a summer program that paired a child with an elderly member of the community for socialization and play. She has continued advocating for vulnerable populations throughout her education and career as a social worker offering in-home therapy for Holocaust survivors and assisting with filing grants with The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany. She has also facilitated socialization and bereavement groups for those who lost loved ones in the Holocaust.
Kristen also provides one on one counseling with agency and hospital nurses , first responders, and other caregivers to process the trauma of working with death and dying during the Covid pandemic.
University of Delaware, BA
Monmouth University, MSW
Summa Cum Laude
Phi Alpha Honor Society
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Board Certified Case Manager (CCM)
Certified Grief Counselor
LCSW for HMH Home and Inpatient Hospice
Director of Social Work for HMH Skilled Nursing Facility
Home and Agency based social worker for Jewish Family Services
End of Life Hospice committee at Riverview Medical Center
Kristen Accisano was a member of the Hospice Committee that was awarded 1st Place for a Nursing Magnet Project for the development of this Compassion Symbol for Riverview Medical Center's hospice patients. This symbol is placed on the door to raise awareness among staff and visitors that a patient is receiving end of life care and to encourage an atmosphere of respect and dignity