LifeSTEPS’ September employee of the month: Sylvia Lopez

Due to her strong work ethic, personal integrity and unwavering commitment to excellence, Sylvia Lopez is LifeSTEPS’ September employee of the month. Since joining LifeSTEPS in 2017, Sylvia’s programming has fostered strong relationships and connections, creating inclusive and welcoming communities for residents of all ages.

“From the after-school program to case management to food donations, Sylvia’s creativity and passion has raised the bar in promoting our programs and services. Our residents, property managers and LifeSTEPS’ staff are extremely lucky to have her on our team!” said Rosa Hernandez, Regional Director of Social Services.

Recognizing National Fall Prevention Awareness Week

Falls Prevention Awareness Week is September 20 to September 24, and LifeSTEPS Director of Social Services Sylvia provided senior residents at Camino Al Oro in Los Angeles with information focused on fall prevention and older adult disaster preparedness. For older adults living in LifeSTEPS communities across California, our Thriving in Place education and supports help our residents age in place safely and independently despite the social determinants of health issues facing low-income communities.

LifeSTEPS believes in the strong connection between housing and health

LifeSTEPS believes in the strong connection between housing and health, especially for the benefit of our older adult residents and the healthcare workforce. We’re proud that our partner USA Properties Fund, Inc. designates two of its senior apartment communities in Carmichael and Citrus Heights as community health sites for nursing students from California State University-Sacramento, Samuel Merritt University and the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis.

A Master’s Entry Program nursing student recently completed her summer rotation and shared “During these visit visits, we utilize active listening and motivational interviewing to build rapport as well as help the residents find the motivation they need to make the changes that they wish to see in their lives.”

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Meredith Chillemi Joins CalOptima Member Advisory Committee

LifeSTEPS Senior Director of Support and Health Services Meredith Chillemi recently attended her first meeting of the CalOptima Member Advisory Committee, lending her guidance and expertise on senior issues for the health plan. For the past year, Meredith served on CalOptima’s OneCare Connect Member Advisory Committee, representing long-term services and supports needs for seniors in Orange Country. LifeSTEPS currently serves 11 housing communities throughout Orange Country, providing education and support to 2,500 older adults.

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