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.
We are pleased to announce that Betsy Evatt, Senior Care Management’s longtime Director, has joined our team. Betsy received her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Washington in Seattle with a concentration in Aging, and her Bachelor of Arts degree is from the University of Notre Dame. Prior to her work as a professional Care Manager, Betsy’s social work career included service in acute rehabilitation and skilled nursing facility settings. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, is fluent in Spanish, and is an active certified member of the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers (NAPGCM). A leader in the professional community, Betsy has served as the co-chair of the San Diego local unit of NAPGCM, and currently sits on the Board of Directors of the association’s Western Region Chapter. We welcome Betsy, and all of those served by Senior Care Management, to the Elder Care Guides family.
About Hilde Lehmann
A visionary in the fields of social work and professional geriatric care management, Hilde was a tireless advocate for the sick and aged. Prior to entering the field of care management, Hilde worked for many years in the field of medical social work, and ran a successful social work placement agency. A skilled clinician and a gifted supervisor, Hilde launched the careers of a generation of social workers.
Hilde earned her undergraduate degree at Middlebury College in Vermont, and a Master of Social Work and a Master of Public Health at the University of Michigan, with specialties in Community Organization and Administration. Throughout her career, she cultivated workplaces that were fun and compassionate, which translated into productive and engaged employees who delivered the highest quality of care to their clients. Hilde was known for her endless generosity, a gentle demeanor, and a boundless sense of humor.
Senior Care Management, Inc. was a reflection of Hilde’s best qualities: a staff of clinical social workers experienced in gerontology, rehabilitation, home health, and dementia care, committed to the delivery of highly personalized care management services to their clients, and support to their families and caregivers. The company was well-regarded in San Diego as a team of knowledgeable experts who were easy to work with, generously supported local non-profit organizations, and contributed to the growth of the care management profession. A mentor and friend to many, Hilde leaves behind a legacy of kindness in San Diego’s professional community, and beyond.
In the fall of 2015, we plan to begin offering field placements to students in San Diego State University’s Master of Social Work program. The “Hilde Lehmann Social Work Internship” at Elder Care Guides will provide future social workers with an opportunity to gain critical care management skills and experience, and we believe that it provides a new type of career ladder of which Hilde would have been proud.