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Mine began with my grandmother, with whom I had the most wonderful and caring relationship. She was the inspiration for what I did growing up and now who I aspire to be like as a business owner and community leader. My grandmother once told me I could do anything I wanted to do as long as I put my mind to it, listened to the people around me and take the time to be kind and compassionate about others. My grandmother and I used to drink tea out of china tea cups and listen to classical music on the record player. I watched her run a successful business with my father and as the years went on I watched her fight for her independence as she was challenged with dementia. She was so proud of her family and all that we did with her and how hard we all worked to acheive our goals. The day our relationship changed was the day that I was told my grandmother had Alzheimer’s and would need to move from her assisted living to a nursing home dementia unit. She was slowly not able to do all of the activities that she loved, and was not able to always recognize us and our growing family. The good news was that even through all of the changes that life gave us we still had a great love affair and she was always happy and upbeat. Our family needed to learn to adapt to her changes and we did. Once we understood her situation and the process she was going through, it was easier to enjoy our time with her, in the world that she was living in, and we were just visitors. My grandmother died on New Year’s Day 2004…

The life lessons that my grandmother taught me will never be forgotten, but one of the best lessons that she taught me was to take every experience that you are faced with, and do something to help others. The journey through the aging process was filled with many questions and decisions that we were not always prepared. While my grandmother was going through her situation with dementia and Alzheimer’s I had been working in the eldercare field and saw the need to assist families and their loved one with navigating the health care system and the aging process. And so the next story of my life was started with Senior Care Concepts…

~Jenny

Jenny Miller, MSW, CMC

President and Owner
2011 Social Worker of the Year in Aging by NASW-RI

Over the last 18 years, Jenny has been providing in-depth care assessments and long-term health care planning for seniors, additionally acting as a liaison between health care professionals, seniors and their families. Jenny has worked at local assisted living communities in social work and community relations, learning how best to accommodate seniors with varying levels of need, as well as their families. Jenny is a member of the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers, and the National and Rhode Island Associations of Social Workers. She is also a past member of the RI Alzheimer’s Association Board and the Immediate Past President of the Rotary Club of Providence. She holds a bachelor’s in social work and human development from Wheelock College and a master’s in social work and gerontology from Boston University and is a  Certified Case Manager. Jenny is a graduate of the 2008 Leadership Rhode Island program, which has given her the opportunity to grow her knowledge about Rhode Island services and organizations, and was named a Providence Business News “Top 40 Under 40” in 2009.  Jenny was named as the 2011 Social Worker of the Year in Aging, by the National Association of Social Workers, Rhode Island Chapter.  Jenny lives in Warwick with her two daughters.

Christina Philippi, RN, BSN

Nurse Care Manager

As a registered nurse with her BSN from Saint Anselm College, Christina has worked in the medical field for over 20 years. Her experience comprises work in the hospital setting, as well as in numerous case management settings, including care coordination for Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Massachusetts and long-term care insurance coordination for John Hancock Insurance Company. While at Blue Cross & Blue Shield, Christina participated in a special project for acute and chronically ill patients, which resulted in reducing falls and crises at home, drastically reducing the need for repeated hospitalization.  Christina is on the leadership team of SELAC, the South Kingstown Special Education Local Advisory Committee. This committee serves as an advisory group to parents with children with disabilities, also advising the South Kingstown School Committee on issues pertaining to special education.

Kimberly Olson, MSW, LICSW

Geriatric Care Manager

Kimberly has worked in the medical field as a Social Worker for almost 20 years, specializing in Geriatrics.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Keene State College and a Master’s in Clinical Social Work from New York University.  Her experience comprises work in many different hospital settings, including Trauma in the Emergency Department at RI Hospital and consultation to patients and families on a Geriatric/Psychiatric Unit in Medford, MA.  She was part of the Management Team at a local Nursing Home where she facilitated the opening of a successful Rehabilitation Unit.  She coordinated care for patients, their families and she provided education to the staff regarding overall Quality Of Care.  Kimberly is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and holds an Independent License in Clinical Social Work.

Gretchen Parchesky, RN

Nurse Care Manager

Gretchen has worked as a Registered Nurse for the past 15 years. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from The University of Rhode Island and an Associate of Science in Nursing from Massachusetts Bay Community College. Her specialties include cardiac care and wound care. Gretchen most recently has been providing Case Management Services within a specialty care unit.   Gretchen enjoys running and spending time with her family. She lives with South Kingstown with her husband and two children.