Elder Care Guides Family – Now Windward Life Care!
On June 24, 2014, San Diego lost one of its visionary elder care professionals, Hilde M. Lehmann, MSW, MPH. The President of Senior Care Management Inc., Hilde founded her company in 1996 and was a respected colleague and a treasured friend. Her loss is felt deeply by many, including all of us at Elder Care Guides.
Following her untimely death, the leadership of Senior Care Management made the decision to join together with Elder Care Guides in order to maintain the extraordinarily high level of service they had worked so many years to provide to their clients, families, and San Diego’s professional community. While we are saddened by the reasons behind the acquisition, we are honored to carry on Senior Care Management’s long tradition of ethics and high standards of service.
In my many years as a clinical social worker I am often asked, “How can you work in that field? It must be very depressing!”
Yes, I have worked with suffering most of my life. In high school I got a job in a nursing home and spent time preparing food for the residents, feeding the residents, and spending time with them. I recall many emotions during my many interactions with those folks. However, most of it was compassion. I felt compassion even as a young child and felt compelled to rescue worms out of rain puddles. So, it probably isn’t surprising that I became interested in helping people and eventually got my Masters Degree in Social Work.
I have worked with a variety of suffering in my work. One client of mine lost her husband after 50 years of marriage. She also had a history of severe child abuse from her teens. I worked with her as her mental health therapist and we explored her grief, loss, and trauma history together. She went through some really tough times. At the end of our time together she was starting her own business! This was a transition, a transformation, a spiritual journal for her. I was so grateful to be there with her. Continue reading “Grief, Loss, and Transition”