The Care Plan is the culmination of many years worth of passion, purpose and effort. It has been my personal pleasure to see how wide our net has been cast over the last 3 years. The business and our community has developed in directions I never could have seen at the beginning, and you have been a critical part of our journey. We have advised, protected and supported family caregivers, solo-agers, and LGBTQ+ communities with intention and care.

As we started spreading the word about aging successfully and how vital it is to claim the aging process, we had some unique opportunities develop. In addition to working one on one with people, organizations began approaching us to aid them in better serving older adults and LGBTQ+ communities.

Recently we consulted on program design for Howard Brown’s new Transgender Surgical Navigation, helping their team provide effective and affirming care management services. We’ve also trained the lovely providers of the Waterford Care Center on the history, barriers to care and strategies for working with LGBTQ+ older adults. You can see a picture of their team post-training below. They provide skilled nursing and rehabilitation services for geriatric and psychiatric clientele in a warm and friendly environment.

Over the last 3 years we have cared in collaboration with hundreds of individual families and dozens of organizations. We are excited to be at the place where our team is ready to grow. We’ll be hiring another Care Navigator to serve the south side of Chicago and the southern suburbs. Our philosophy is good people know good people, and that is why I’m sharing this opportunity with you. Please help us continue the legacy of The Care Plan by connecting us to candidates you think have the experience, skills and passion to continue building with us.

We will also be offering trainings for mental health and medical professionals on how to best serve LGBTQ+ older adults and transgender communities. Our goal is to make this information accessible throughout Chicago and the suburbs so that providers feel confident and their clients receive more inclusive services. We held the first of these trainings on July 20th at Advocate IL Masonic and intend to offer at least one training of this type every month. Dates will be forthcoming, but look out for us at University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration and Transitional Care of Arlington Heights in the fall!

The world is changing around us and we will not rest in safety. We will continue to question the status quo, advocate fiercely for our clients, and equip our partners for the challenges of tomorrow.

Thank you for all of your support, engagement, suggestions and for being a part of our community, the best is yet to come!