Meet The Author
Francie Bedinger is a Gerontologist, Certified Case Manager, and an Advanced Professional member of ALCA. She is a co-chair of the ALCA SF Bay Area Local Unit as well as a Western Regional member. Francie opened Home Care Assistance of Marin County’s corporate office in 2011. She is multi-disciplined with a vast array of experience in home care, overseeing cases in her role as a Client Care Manager and a Home Care Liaison. With a focus on community outreach and developing partnerships with senior care professionals, she found her place within the Geriatric Care Management community.
Initially, Francie thought she would have her own practice as a Geriatric Care Manager, but found her niche with Home Care Assistance while working alongside Aging Life Care Professionals with a shared vision and a shared mission for every case. In fact, one of the reasons Home Care Assistance is so committed to ALCA is that they strongly feel their mission and dedication to quality care is best achieved by partnering with Aging Life Care Professionals.
Francie describes what she has learned while partnering with Aging Life Care Professionals. “Honesty and collaboration are key components to our partnership. We try to not oversell our caregivers, but rather identify their particular strengths, including areas where we will train or coach where needed. When problems arise, we come together with solutions. We strive to not blame, but to own the problems together and collaborate to solve the issues. We recognize that care management is an art, not a science, where we are problem-solving on an ongoing basis.”
Francie's inspiration in becoming a geriatric care professional came from answering the poet Mary Oliver's question, "Tell me what it is you plan to do with your one wild and precious life.”