Meet the Ever Changing Needs of Aging
Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders
About Our Elder Care Services
Pro-Active Eldercare is dedicated to assisting elders and their families in meeting their care needs. We have many years of experience working with seniors in their homes as well as formal healthcare settings. We have extensive experience in caring for people with Alzheimer’s Disease or related disorders. Utilize our expertise to ensure your loved one gets the quality care they deserve and you expect.
Meet Joanne Fontaine, RN, BSN, CCM
Following years of experience as Program Director for several Dementia Special Care Units, Joanne opened Pro-Active Eldercare. She calls upon her professional knowledge in the field of dementia, and personal experience as caregiver for her grandmother, to work with caregivers of those diagnosed with a dementing illness.
As well as providing educational services on Alzheimer’s disease to families and professionals, Joanne created the Alzheimer’s Survival Kits — a way for caregivers to provide meaningful, failure-free activities with patients and loved ones. The kits are designed to help provide a sense of purpose and well-being, and promote positive outcomes that impact the quality of life for the people you care for and care about.
Meet Michele Hughes, RPT Geriatric Care Manager
Michele Hughes joins Pro-Active Eldercare with more than 25 years of experience as a registered physical therapist in a variety of health care settings. She graduated from Boston University and holds a Certificate in Gerontology from the University of Massachusetts in Boston. Michele has worked for many years in the private home care setting and most recently worked with the federally funded Caregiver Support Program at Minuteman Senior Services as the Caregiver Specialist and Program Manager. Michele has extensive knowledge of home modifications and adaptive equipment as well as disease process and chronic illness. She displays tremendous skills in assessing each client and their unique situations and designing care solutions to meet those needs.
Meet Arlene Parillo, MS, LSW, CMC
Arlene Parillo joins the Pro-Active Eldercare team with over 25 years of social work experience in the field of elder care. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts in Boston with a Master’s degree in Gerontology. For the last 19 years, Arlene has worked in the field of Adult Day Health Care and Alzheimer’s Day Care settings both as a Social Service Supervisor and as an Administrator. Her previous experience includes working at a skilled nursing facility as Director of Social Work Services and as a community-based social worker for a Visiting Nurse Association.
Arlene has extensive experience as an Alzheimer’s Support Group leader for both caregivers and for Early Stage patients with dementia; a setting where she brings her experiences, as well as her passion, to best support those who are dealing with memory loss. She currently serves on the Advisory Council for Minuteman Senior Services.
Arlene’s knowledge and experience in the field of dementia care and medical social work services provides for a comprehensive, holistic view of an individual’s needs, abilities and strengths. Care plan strategies and interventions are designed with a high level of expertise to ensure goals are reached for both the individual and family members.
Ann Marie Crafts, RN, joined Pro-Active Eldercare in January of 2016.
Ann Marie has been a nurse for over 30 years and has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience that she readily shares with her clients and families. She approaches clients and family members with compassion and understanding that come not only from her years of nursing experience, but also from having been a patient and family member herself. She is thorough and detail-oriented and works tirelessly to guide her clients through the maze that is our healthcare system.
Ann Marie has seen how Alzheimer’s and other dementias can take their toll on patients and their families. She works with families to provide education and counsel through all stages of the disease, from the newly diagnosed through end of life care. Her interventions assist in decreasing the stress of the caregivers and improving the quality of life for their loved one.