Maria Basso Lipani, Licensed Clinical Social Worker


Maria Basso Lipani writes the popular website www.geriatriccaremanagement.com, where she puts her expertise as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker to good use answering care planning questions. Maria is a graduate of Columbia University School of Social Work and is licensed in California and New York. She worked with chronically ill older adults and their families for several years at Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco before becoming the manager of a federally funded caregiver support program in New York City. Today Maria oversees a program to reduce preventable readmissions at a hospital.


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How do we find a better home health agency? — Oct 15, 2011
If you're unhappy with the home health aides you can absolutely call the agency that sent them, explain the behaviors, and ask for different workers. Finding a better home ...
My mom is 88 and has been diagnosed with Dementia. What's next in taking care of her? — Jan 15, 2011
There are several next steps after an Alzheimer's diagnosis. Many will vary from situation to situation, but the following five are ones that I believe are critical for al...
Would a home health aide or assisted living facility be the most financially beneficial? — Jan 15, 2011
Depending upon where your grandparents live, the cost for 12 hours per day of a home health aide and the cost of an assisted living facility for both grandparents may be ab...
Who do I talk to at Mom's nursing home about concerns regarding her care? — Oct 05, 2010
The middle stages of dementia, where it sounds to me your mother may be, are among the most challenging. Behaviors like the ones you are describing are the norm and can be...
How can Mom keep her HUD apt without jeopardizing Medicare? — Aug 12, 2010
This is an excellent question and one that may require a lot of action on your part in the next few days to find a resolution. If I were you here's what I would do: 1) Co...
My aunt is in denial about my uncle's Alzheimer's. How can we best help her? — Aug 04, 2010
It is absolutely legal to call social services in any situation in which you are concerned about the health and/or well-being of another person. It is especially important...
My mother suffers from schizophrenia and has suffered most... — Jul 08, 2010
Being a caregiver for a parent with schizophrenia is especially challenging for all the reasons you shared. It can be considerably harder when that parent isn't taking medi...
How to best coordinate caring for dad between seven siblings? — Jun 21, 2010
First off I have to commend you. Managing the care of a parent among several siblings is never easy and I'm contacted quite often by siblings who can't get along and so ca...
Is it common for rehab facilities to require residents to wear adult diapers for convenience? — Apr 05, 2010
In a word - Yes. Hard to believe, I know. In fact, using adult diapers for convenience in a nursing facility is one of the most agregious practices I've seen. But you na...
Should the nursing home tell Dad he should stay? — Apr 05, 2010
In answer to your question, it's not the facility's responsibility to tell your father that he should remain in the nursing home. The physician may be willing to recommend...