In 1986, Carol S. Heape helped to develop and institute a Case/Care Management program for the El Dorado County Area Agency on Aging (AAA) with one-time-only money from the State of California. Care management was a new concept almost 30 years ago and Carol recognized the value care managers could offer to client/families searching for answers. Although the County discontinued the program after the funding ran out, Carol went on to establish Elder Options, recognizing the need families had when making decisions about aging family and remaining independent. In 2016, Elder Options celebrates 28 years of service to the communities it serves.
Growth and expansion have continued to frame the services of Elder Options, Inc. and to this day continues the mission of assisting client/families Carol established in 1988. Along with the client/families Elder Options provides care for, Carol recognized unmet community needs and added a home care component with care management support and supervision. Additional resources and contracts with local, regional and state agencies contribute to the depth of services offered. Among others, these include:
- Alta California Regional Center (ACRC) respite care services
- State of California Department of Health Care Services – Assisted Living Waiver Program (ALWP) – Medi-Cal Waiver program
- Long-Term Care Insurance companies – providing home care services and care management to insurance beneficiaries
- Multiple Sclerosis Association (M.S.) – San Francisco
- El Dorado County – MSSP/FCSP/Public Guardian
Recognized throughout the years both as a company and individually, Elder Options and Carol continue to be a valued community resource to families of all ages and socioeconomic circumstances when issues around disability or aging in place arise.
Elder Options, Inc. Providing solutions for older adults, individuals with chronic illnesses or special needs, and their families. Honoring their wishes and keeping them safe and well cared for.