Patrice Harrison, LMSW, IPR
Chief Executive Officer
Patrice has over 15 years of experience serving the elderly, children and pregnant women in hospital settings, nursing homes, and schools. She has a BA in Sociology from North Carolina Central University and a Masters Degree in Social Work (Graduated with high honors) from Howard University in Washington, D.C.
Some of her employment experiences have contributed to her ability to understand how to help elderly individuals better understand their goals, strengths and options in preparing for today and their years, which has subsequently stimulated her desire to open a care management company. After graduating from Howard University School of Social Work, May 1998, she began working at George Washington University Case Management Program as a Geriatric Care Manager. George Washington University Case Management Program worked collaboratively with IONA Senior Services to provide case management services to the elderly population. This population consists of elderly persons who are at risk of being institutionalized. The goal is to help them remain in their own home as long as they can in order to preserve dignity and independence. In this capacity, she helped individuals; families and couples identify problems and coordinate with other agencies to solve the problems.
Patrice Harrison is licensed and certified by the Texas Board of Social Work Examiners. President of her care management agency since 2016, Patrice has a very extensive knowledge base in the field of Geriatric Care Management and Case Management .
Patrice makes presentations to community and professional groups regularly. She enjoys working with seniors, children, and at risk pregnant women to provide them with the highest quality of care.
What is a care manager?
A 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 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.
P. Harrison Group is in the business of helping aging adults and their families to live well throughout the aging process. Give us a call at 972-955-9368 to discuss the many ways we can help you.
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How we are different
What makes a 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!
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