LONGMEADOW — Sierra Bradley, an experienced professional who in her career has played a critical role in providing care for older adults, was recently named geriatric care manager at the Glenmeadow life-plan community in Longmeadow.
At Glenmeadow, Bradley helps support older adults wherever they call home, whether in the community or in Glenmeadow independent living. She helps provide comprehensive and supportive services to the people Glenmeadow serves in order to maintain their highest level of independence and satisfaction. She provides psychosocial wellness services and care management to Glenmeadow residents and community clients, including assessments, wellness counseling, health promotion, and dementia education and support.
Care management can be anything and everything a family needs to support an older adult, Bradley said. That includes scheduling appointments, calendar management, medication management, physician referrals and services, and coordinating communications between family members, doctors and other professionals, and service providers.
“Care management means being proactive in making sure an older adult’s needs are being met and issues are being tended to,” Bradley said. “Our goal is to prevent crises before they happen.”
Bradley coordinates operations of Glenmeadow community-services programs such as Glenmeadow at Home, which brings services to older adults in their homes (whether in a house or in an apartment at Glenmeadow), and such grant-funded initiatives as Neighbor 2 Neighbor, a program in which volunteers visit with older adults who feel lonely.
Bradley was previously Elderly Protective Service program director at Highland Valley Protective Services in Northampton. She also has experience as a respite/crisis clinician at Clinical and Support Options Inc. in Greenfield, and as a mental-health counselor at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield. She earned a master’s degree in psychology at Springfield College and a bachelor’s degree in clinical psychology at Marywood University.
“Sierra brings to Glenmeadow a valuable clinical understanding of the individual needs of the people we serve,” said Meaghan Carrier, vice president of Community Services at Glenmeadow. “She has experience with the issues associated with all aspects of aging. She is a great addition to our care-management team.”