Are you concerned about the cost of care? Do you need an advocate when you are in a hospital or nursing home for rehabilitation? Do you understand how or when you can access long-term Medicaid benefits in Florida? Will your long-term care policy coverage be enough?
These are common questions that patients and their families struggle to answer, oftentimes amidst a medical or care crisis. This is why FirstLantic Healthcare put together a specialized team of experts to guide patients and families through the complex maze of health and long-term care, offering help and answers when they are needed most.
Meet Kelly Wilson, FirstLantic’s Director of Senior Solutions, who leads the team. Kelly’s extensive personal and professional experience – paired with her in-depth knowledge of long-term care, aging services, policies, and programs — has earned her a reputation as a leader in the senior care community.
Kelly’s interest in helping older adults began a few decades ago. Early years spent caring for patients while working in nursing facilities and medical practices, in 1999 she completed the Florida Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA) assisted living administrator training. Kelly became the owner-operator and administrator of a small residential licensed assisted living facility in Palm Beach County. She realized that one of the most important things she could do for her “residents” was to maintain close communication with families, practitioners, service, and support providers along the entire continuum of care. As a chief advocate, Kelly coordinated medical care, managed medications, accompanied patients to the hospital and ER, and, when necessary, assisted residents through surgical recovery, hospital, or short-term rehabilitation stays.
In 2009, Kelly joined the Partnership for Aging of Palm Beach and was recently appointed President. She has gone on to be an active board member and legislative chair for many other associations, and non-profit organizations advocating for aging, disability, and consumer health policies and programs. From 2017 – 2020 Kelly represented Palm Beach and the Treasure Coast (Region 9) on the Florida DOEA Advisory board. In 2018, Kelly was appointed to the State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP) sub-committee focused on Alzheimer’s and Dementia-Related Disorders.
With both Kelly’s professional and personal experience, patients and their families can trust that she and her team will provide the resources, expertise, and compassion necessary to assist and guide them with planning and making essential life transitions.
FirstLantic’s senior solution services include but are not limited to:
- Patient advocacy
- Care and transition coordination, crisis management, LTC planning
- Connect and assist with support, services, and obtaining benefits
- Communicate with physicians, practitioners, and other parties to ensure health, legal, financial, and end of life preparations, wishes and care are in place
- Educate clients and families about alternative settings for living and care
- In-home care referrals: private duty caregivers, skilled nursing
From hospital stay to rehabilitation and recovery, coordinating discharges, managing care, wellness checks, educating on alternatives for safe housing, care, and connecting with all available resources, Kelly and her team offer solutions to improve quality of life while maintaining as much independence as possible.
At FirstLantic, we know that the decision-making process around care can be both perplexing and stressful. Our dedicated team of professionals is here to guide you and your family through every step of the process, ensuring seamless transitions and providing peace of mind.