2013 Nominees Section
Organization: Attentive Home Care
Why should this person be nominated? (What makes nominee unique; why should they be selected the winner of this category?
Professional Bio of Lori Davis
After spending 25 years as a stay at home mom, raising eight children, I went back to school and received a BA in English and a BFA in Art Education. Upon graduation I was hired to be the art teacher at an inner-city middle school in Memphis, Tennessee. In Memphis, I volunteered at several non-profit agencies. I was on the board of Stand By Me, Inc. an organization that worked with homeless youth. It was particularly rewarding because my children were able to participate and learn the importance of giving back to the community. For 11 years, while I lived in Tennessee, I volunteered as the teacher of an early morning scripture study class for teenagers, every day, before they went to school.
In 2006, I moved back home to California and began working for Attentive Home Care. Taking a new direction in my career I went back to school and received a Master’s degree in Gerontology. I am a Care Manager Certified (CMC) with the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers (NAPGCM) and a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA). I am certified as a Walk with Ease instructor for the National Arthritis Association and a certified Beyond Driving with Dignity professional with the Keeping Us Safe Program. Since volunteerism is very important to me and I love art and the creative process I volunteer as an art facilitator and committee member with the Memories in the Making Program of the Alzheimer’s Association of Orange County. I am also a member of the SmileMaker’s Guild with the Council on Aging of Orange County and I am the Senior Programs, Board Member for a recently started volunteer organization called Aspire-Higher. I enjoy teaching a monthly class to the women’s group at my church.
At Attentive Home Care some of my duties consist of doing assessments, writing care plans, visiting clients, advocating for seniors and caregivers, and conducting trainings for caregivers. Presently, I am working on a Master’s degree in Social Work and besides being a Geriatric Care Manager for Attentive Home Care will start an internship in September with the Mental Health Association of Orange County. I am really excited about this opportunity because I will be able to work again with the homeless and gain a better understanding of mental health issues, which will benefit me as I work with the baby boomer cohort in my case load (just kidding sort of, I can say this because I’m a baby boomer).
In my spare time I like to be with my 14 grandchildren, be with my horse, work on my screen play, paint, and check in on my senior friends. My goals are to get my LCSW and learn to speak Spanish and play the piano.
What is this nominee’s involvement in senior care or senior issues
To Whom It May Concern:
I respectfully submit Lori Davis as Social Worker of the year. Our family recently needed to hire a caregiver for our 90 year old mother who suffers from dementia. After carefully considering all agencies, we selected Attentive Home Care. Part of the services included a visit from Lori Davis to discuss the various aspects of our Mom’s care. We could not have been more pleased with Lori’s attention to detail regarding mom’s day to day activities. She asked questions about what my mother ate, when she bathed, did she want to do activities, how often would she go on walks, just to name a few. The myriad of knowledge Lori has, accompanied by her good nature made a difficult time more palatable. She even suggested ways to stimulate mom’s thinking!
The business of having to hire a caregiver for your mother is not an easy task, especially with a large family. However, Lori handled the whole situation with grace and we could not be happier. I would highly recommend Lori for this honor. Please feel free to contact me to discuss further…..