Senior Solutions Care Management/Counseling

Care Management/Counseling


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JFS care managers are master’s-level gerontology experts, committed to providing excellent service delivery and care coordination that maintains the dignity and self-worth of older adults. Care managers offer compassionate advice and thoughtful support to help older adults maintain or improve their quality of life.

JFS care managers:

  • Conduct in-home assessments of each person's strengths and needs
  • Develop a comprehensive, individualized care plan designed to address those needs
  • Coordinate and monitor in-home services
  • Maintain regular contact with family members, near or far, when appropriate
  • Provide healthcare advocacy
  • Give information and referral assistance

AgeForward Consulting Services

Our care managers are available to provide consultation services by creating a proactive game plan for individuals, couples, and families in an effort to ease the stress of aging and the unknown territory that comes with it.

JFS geriatric specialists help people maintain as much independence as possible, while keeping control over situations that occur as they age. They can assess a given situation and develop a plan of care that ensures opportunities for self-sufficiency, support, and dignity. We make connections to local and national resources for housing, home care, healthcare, mental health support, nursing, transportation, and safety as needed.

Contact:

Jennie L. Creasey, LCSW

Jennie L. Creasey, LCSWJay and Rose Phillips Senior Solutions Center Operations Manager

Ph: 720.248.4622
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Serving Our Survivors Holocaust Survivors’ Assistance Program

Survivors of the Holocaust need special attention and care, particularly those who are frail. JFS provides a variety of services to ensure that our survivors have the resources and support they need to live in peace and comfort. We advocate on their behalf with the application process and re-certification so that they can receive the financial restitution to which they are entitled. We help with care management, in-home services, and compassionate care. Russian-speaking care managers are available.

Jewish Family Service of Colorado receives funding from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany for the benefit of vulnerable Jewish Nazi victims.

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Contact:

Mirella Schreiber

Mirella SchreiberJay and Rose Phillips Senior Solutions Center Care Manager/Holocaust Program Coordinator

Ph: 720.248.4640
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Geriatric Mental Health Counseling

Older adults and their family members can often benefit from compassionate counseling to cope with life’s transitions and other issues that come with aging. Our psychotherapists are licensed clinical social workers with a wealth of expertise. We collaborate closely with families, physicians, and other community resources, including the large range of other JFS services, as appropriate. In many situations, we will visit clients in their homes.

Contact:

Jennie L. Creasey, LCSW

Jennie L. Creasey, LCSWJay and Rose Phillips Senior Solutions Center Operations Manager

Ph: 720.248.4622
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Meet the Care Managers/Counselors

Buffy Sophinos, JD, MSW
Ph: 720.248.4665

Buffy Sophinos was born and raised in Colorado and has spent her career focusing on senior services throughout the Denver metro area. She has worked at two assisted living communities, an elder law firm, and the Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado. She received her master’s degree in social work in 2010 and juris doctor in 2011 from the University of Denver, before joining Jewish Family Service in 2012. Her experience is focused primarily in assisting clients and families as they make decisions about the future.

Buffy understands that each transition in life brings with it new challenges and emotions. She works with clients to identify their strengths and recognize their potential to overcome challenges and make difficult decisions. Buffy enjoys collaborating with her clients, their families, and community service providers to ensure that each transition is as peaceful and smooth as possible. She helps clients weigh their options and make the choices that best support their needs and desires.


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Dee Trasen, MSW, LCSW
Ph: 720.248.4607

Dee Trasen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in her fifteenth year as a clinician in the Jay and Rose Phillips Senior Solutions Center at Jewish Family Service. She works primarily with older adults who are dealing with recent and accumulated losses, depression, anxiety, and family conflict. When it is appropriate, she also includes family members. She is a graduate of the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work and has 25 years of clinical experience. Prior to joining JFS, Dee worked on multi-disciplinary teams at two Denver in-patient psychiatric hospitals; as a mental health clinician at Catholic Social Services in Albuquerque, New Mexico; and at A.A.C. Adoption, a Colorado-based adoption agency, where she did home studies and post-placement assessments.

 


 



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Eric Strother, MSW
Ph: 720.248.4703

Eric Strother has a master’s degree in social work from the University of Denver, where he studied aging services and policy. He works for JFS as a care manager in the Jay and Rose Phillips Senior Solutions Center with a focus on supporting older adults in maintaining their independence as they age in their homes. Eric is also the internship coordinator for the Senior Solutions Center, which provides great training opportunities for students interested in aging services along with additional care management for many JFS clients.


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Jennie L. Creasey, LCSW
Ph: 720.248.4622

Jennie received a BA from the University of Denver with a major in sociology and a minor in women’s studies. She continued at DU and earned an MSW with a concentration in gerontology. After graduation, Jennie worked as a hospice social worker for two and a half years with Centura Home Care and Hospice. In late 1999, she was thrilled to join the Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation Senior Solutions Center of Jewish Family Service.

Jennie serves the Senior Solutions Department as operations manager. She is responsible for managing our day-to-day operations and supervises the care managers, program coordinators, therapists, and retired professional volunteers. Jennie works closely with the Senior Solutions director to integrate our daily activities with our various partnerships and programs in the community.

She also provides counseling and consultation services to seniors who are often seeking to reframe independence as they age and to those supporting them in this process. Jennie works with clients to create individualized tools for them to deal with feelings of loss, anxiety, and depression with the hope that theysuccessfully adjust to various transitions and come to appreciate their unique season of life.

 


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Jillian Kelly, LCSW
Ph: 720.248.4639

Jillian joined the Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation Senior Solutions Center in 2012. She received her master’s degree in social work from Colorado State University, and focused her studies on aging-related social work by completing the Hartford Partnership Program for Aging Education in conjunction with her degree.

Jillian has a background in social work case management working with older adults, and adults with physical and mental health concerns. In her care management position with JFS, Jillian enjoys working collaboratively with older adults to create short- and long-term plans with the goal of empowering them to stay as independent and active as possible. In addition to providing care management, Jillian also coordinates the Senior Solutions Department’s homemaker program and is committed to providing quality care for seniors in the Denver community.

 


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Mirella Schreiber
Ph: 720.248.4640

Mirella serves as a care manager for Holocaust survivors and their families. She ensures that survivors have the resources and support they need, and advocates on their behalf with the Claims Conference application process and re-certification so they can receive the financial restitution to which they are entitled. She is the staff liaison between JFS and the Claims Conference.

Mirella was born in Switzerland and worked as a registered nurse in her home country and in Israel. After she moved to Denver in 1975, she worked in a variety of positions. Through Volunteers of America, she supervised the kosher meal program at the JCC and later worked for the JCC in the senior department. She also worked as a CNA with Hospice of Metro Denver and held sales positions. She joined the JFS staff in 1997.

In addition to a college degree from Switzerland, Mirella received a gerontology certificate from the University of Denver.

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