Let me introduce myself.
Tracey Olson, MSW,LCSW
I have been working in social work for the past ten years and have concentrated on working with older adults and adults with disabilities and mental illness. First, I completed an internship at the care coordination unit in my area, Aging Care Connections. Then, I worked as a guardian representative and assistant care manager at a private care management firm.
Since 2010, I have been working independently as a geriatric care manager. I have the credentials, which you can easily check out. I am a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) registered in Illinois, and I am insured. I am an Advanced Aging Life Care Professional, formerly called a Certified Geriatric Care Manager and a Certified Advanced Social Work Case Manager, these designations from the Aging Life Care Association and National Association of Social Workers, respectively. For more information about my credentials and experience, you can look at LinkedIn.
You may think I am 30 something years old since I have been in social work for ten years, but I am close to "senior" myself since this is my second, maybe even third career. I made a significant career change to work with the older adult population. So, I not only have social work and care management experience, but also a business education and background giving me the management techniques to coordinate eldercare providers and a multi-disciplined team. In my 18 year career in business, I developed many skills including organization, communication, and working under pressure - all, I’ve learned, are handy in care management.
I was then a stay-at-home mom for ten years. During my “mom years”, I volunteered at social services agencies, and this, along with my personal caregiving experience, is what inspired me to go back to school to earn a Master of Social Work, starting me on the path to obtain the proper experience and certifications needed to work with you and your family.
I have been a family caregiver to parents so I have a personal and professional understanding of the challenges and joys at hand.
There are a range of services I can provide and it really depends on what you need. I work with a few clients at a time…five or six. Another person works with me in the practice as a care advocate. We are the only people who work with the clients. This gives you consistancy so you know who will be visiting.
A client relationship typically starts with a care assessment which starts with a conversation, and assessment tools, completed with the client and family. Then, I develop a care plan. A care plan outlines your next action steps, with tried and true resources listed. After client input and approval, the next step is to take action and set up the services recommended in the plan. This step can be done by you and your family or I can implement the recommendations.
It is an honor to be called in to collaborate and work with a family. I would love the opportunity to work with yours. Give me a call if you think you could use my help.
Tracey Olson, MSW, LCSW
Tracey is an Advanced Aging Life Care Professional, a designation given by the Aging Life Care Association(ALCA), formerly the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers. Tracey currently serves as a board member for the ALCA Midwest Chapter, and as co-unit leader for the Chicago Unit.
Tracey holds a National Association of Social Work Certification of Advanced Social Work Case Manager (C-ASWCM). She is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in the state of Illinois.
Tracey earned a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago's Jane Addams College of Social Work, with Honors. She also holds an Master of Business Administration.
Serving Older Adults in Chicago and greater Chicagoland, and
Family Caregivers anywhere.
Family Caregivers anywhere.