Laurie Miraglia, RN CCM
Owner Laurie Miraglia’s passion has always been to help people. She has worked in health care for over 20 years with degrees in nursing and radiologic technology. Laurie became interested in Geriatric Care Management when she and her family had a life-changing experience. Her mother Angela, her best friend, was diagnosed with stage four brain cancer at 64 years old.
The oncologist gave her a life expectancy of 4-6 months. Through the heart-wrenching months, Laurie and her family were faced with many decisions and had many questions. They felt overwhelmed and frustrated. Laurie’s family relied on her medical expertise to consult with physicians, manage her care, coordinate her home care needs and oversee the medical issues at hand.
Laurie was thankful that she was a nurse and had experience in many facets of health care. This was an eye-opening experience. She often wondered how individuals would get through such a crisis without the knowledge needed to care for their loved one. Where would people turn when their loved one was faced with the challenges of aging? Who would advocate for them? How would they know where to begin? How would they know what would be the best for their loved one? The list goes on and on.
Laurie knew that she could make a difference in people’s lives as she assists families and their loved ones when faced with the challenges that come along with aging. Thus, the birth of Senior’s Choice Care Management. Since then Laurie has been dedicated to make a difference in the lives of her patients, paving the way so they don’t feel so alone and overwhelmed.
Chris Stefanucci, RN BSN
Chris has been a Registered Nurse for well over 20 years. She began her career at the old Park Ridge Hospital (Unity) on the Respiratory Unit. Chris had a calling to work with the Geriatric population and therefore began working in the community as a home care nurse. Chris’ extensive training and experience in geriatric care, led her to a management position in a memory care assisted living community. Through the years she trained specifically in Alzheimer’s/Dementia care through the Alzheimer’s Association and other workshops and courses. Geriatrics is Chris’ passion and she loves touching the lives of her patients and their families, providing the best care and quality of life possible.
Kari Tuchrello, RN
Kari is a Registered Nurse who has worked at Rochester General Hospital as well as Highland Hospital specializing in inpatient Oncology, Medical Surgical, and Gastroenterology. Her true passion has always been working with older adults and people with special needs. She is an advocate for her patients in the hospital and assists families with in home care to keep their loved ones safe and healthy in their own home. During her hospital career Kari observed the struggle that families go through trying to navigate the healthcare system without the necessary resources. When she learned how the Senior’s Choice Care Management team helps families in the community who are facing this very issue, she knew she had to join the team!
Ellyn LaPietra, Social Worker
Ellyn has been working as a Social Worker for over 30 years. She has worked with adults with special needs and the senior population, specializing in Dementia care. Her love of the geriatric population led her to join the Nursing Home setting over 20 years ago. There, she has had the pleasure of helping families and their loved ones through their transitions in life. Her familiarity with Medicare/Medicaid/HMO/LTC Insurance/Private Pay guidelines, as well as her knowledge of resources throughout Monroe and its outlying counties, offers those in need the tools and assistance required to navigate any challenges. Ellyn considers it a pleasure and honor to work with our seniors.
Ralph Ercolano, CLU
While continuing to practice on his own as Surrogate Son, Ralph has also opted to work with our clients. If this gentleman looks familiar to you, it may be because you’ve seen him in feature films and television commercials. But that’s not why we brought him on.
Ralph is a designated financial services professional, having earned the title of Chartered Life Underwriter. He knows his way around Long Term Care Insurance so well, he has a 90%+ success rate getting LTC claims approved on the first try!
Bill paying, financial problem-solving, sticky medical insurance issues, prepping your home for sale… Ralph is our go-to guy. That… and he’s fun to work with.
Count on Ralph to assist you with:
- Bill paying and record keeping
- Long Term Insurance Claim application/management
- Household management
- Relocation organization
- Financial and Insurance Advocacy
- Estate administration and liquidation
- Basic computer skill training