Being interviewed by a New York Times reporter is a banner day indeed. The writer singled me out from a transcript of a national conference call with Centers for Medicare Services, or CMS. What drew her interest was my position as a patient advocate which was unique amongst the participants of the call.
She basically wanted to know how the recent changes in Medicare standards for rehabilitation therapy (specifically changes in the “improvement standard”) affected my patients. I gave her two examples.
Each month Grace Care highlights a special caregiver who we feel deserves praise and recognition. We are proud of our San Diego caregiver team! This month we introduce you to Deborah Valentino who has been with Grace Care since April 2012.
Deborah Valentino was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She was the oldest girl of 8 children and was first introduced to caregiving when her mother was diagnosed with lung cancer. Deborah helped care for her mother, along with her other siblings. Because of this experience she felt a deep passion for defending the elderly and those who were in need of caregiving.
Matthew Audia is a concierge physical therapist, who provides a uniquely skilled level of physical therapy to help patients with a stroke, brain injury, and various other neurological injuries reach their functional goals.
As care managers and patient advocates we are always looking to connect with the best local specialists to provide our patients with the quality care they need and deserve. Grace Care Management is grateful for the work Matthew provides to help our patients on their journey toward rehabilitation and the results we have seen have been life changing. In this up close interview, Matthew shares with us his background, the unique Neuro-IFRAH approach he practices and details about his company, Audia Physical Therapy.
This month Grace Care highlights another special member of the San Diego Elder Law Center, Elder Law Attorney Robert Dieringer. Below Mr. Dieringer shares with us what inspired him to work with elders and his unique experience as an Elder Law Attorney.
Mr. Dieringer is a real patient family advocate with a caring heart for elders. He shares the same compassion for serving others and has a deep respect for Grace Care’s San Diego care management practice. We are pleased to feature his interview below for you.