An Elder Service Navigator is Here for You

By Natalie Boomer

 

Food, fuel, transportation, home repairs, utilities, money matters, healthcare, and insurance can be stressful to figure out all on your own. Nevertheless, it is a situation in which many elderly community members find themselves in. Lisa Suarez is here to help with that. 

Suarez is the elder service navigator for the Washington Hancock Community Agency. Suarez gives seniors, providers, as well as caregivers a chance to connect with services that may help them with their everyday lives. Whether you need help heating your home, or just need assistance filling out forms, an elder service navigator is available to help. 

“I’ve worked in women’s shelters, I’ve worked for a crisis hotline, I’ve done a lot of volunteer work in the past that gave me counseling skills. I’m also a trained mediator, so I have special training in elder services, elder decisions, and adult family mediation,” said Suarez. She recently set up a senior health and safety expo for people to see and understand what elder services is really all about. The Maine Veterans’ Home in Machias held the resource fair on Saturday, October 21st. The expo included tables with information on fall prevention, life alert, advance directives, drivers’ safety, and more. It also offered a chance to meet with a licensed pharmacist to renew medications and check for any drug interactions. 

Although these fairs help some, Lisa likes to make her meetings more personal. “Whenever possible, I visit in home, and that helps me get a better idea about what they really need.” To get in touch with Lisa Suarez, call 207-460-8129, or email at lsuarez@whcacap.org. You can make a free appointment in your area.