About Western Care Partners
Western Care Partners was created to ease the stress we feel when trying to help a loved one who's getting older, or finding resources ourselves. You may hesitate to ask for help in making decisions because of your commitment to handling these affairs all on your own. Maybe you've made time up until this point but wonder what happens when your situation changes. What if it could be easier to find services and get the support you need? What if you could simply call someone when you needed direction on an application form or ideas for communicating with family? How would things look differently if you could be your best self in your family's later years?
By focusing on both the emotions that come with decision-making later in life as well as setting up services, Western Care Partners wraps around people as they age so they can make informed and confident choices. We were born out of the need and expertise required to support the entire family system when people recognize that they or a loved one need more help.
Jill Eelkema has worked with older adults and people with disabilities for over 15 years. She is passionate about helping individuals and families navigate systems and maximize their opportunities to access funding. She strongly believes there is a need for counseling and emotional support in combination with advocacy to access services so that individuals and families can make their best plans for the future.
Before launching Western Care Partners, Jill developed and managed the five Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) programs for the Denver Regional Council of Governments' Area Agency on Aging. She has a masters degree in social work (MSW) with an emphasis in Aging from the University of Denver's Graduate School of Social Work. She is also certified in Advance Care Planning to assist people with completing their Medical Power of Attorney and Living Will forms. Jill has worked in communities in Washington, Colorado and Tennessee including internships with the Rocky Mountain Stroke Center, the Administration for Community Living, SAMHSA, and TRU Community Care hospice and palliative care. She is adjunct faculty at DU’s Graduate School of Social Work where she teaches Care Management and Intergenerational Justice.
Outside of work, Jill loves hiking, traveling, cycling and teaching. She offers workshops on burnout prevention, understanding how our brains change as we age, in-home care options, and local resources for care. Contact her about availability to speak to your group.
Special thanks to Chelsea Chorpenning for the excellent headshot.