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Patricia O'Dea-Evans, RN, LCPC, MS,  CCM President "It is an honor to provide services to seniors and their families. I have the privilege of being able to share my professional experience with families seeking how to find the best alternative for themselves or their situational needs."  Patricia O'Dea-Evans, RN, MS, LCPC, Geriatric Care Manager and Nationally known expert has been helping Adult Children help their elderly parents for over the past two decades. She developed “How to Help Your Employees Help Their Aging Parents” A workshop designed to help you save your employers time, money and frustration. Pat has an extensive background helping families for over thirty years. She has worked in Hospitals, Nursing Homes, and Residential Properties. Some of her past positions include Clinical Director of Geriatric Services, Admissions Director, Compliance Officer and Vice President of Administrative Services at Chicago area Hospitals.  She is a columnist on “Elder Care” for the Chicago Hospital News a monthly publication in that market. 

Pat has a Masters Degree from Aurora University, Bachelors in Behavioral Sciences from National Louis University and Professional Registered Nursing AS Degree from Harper College in Palatine, IL. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the State of Illinois, Registered Nurse license in Illinois. She has held past Certification as a Masters Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She held past National Certification as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. She served on the NCTRC Certification Board of Directors.

The State of Illinois Director for the Department of Aging, Mr. Charles Johnson, has appointed Pat to be an Advisory Board Member for The Department of Aging, Public Health, and Healthcare and Family services on the Older Adult Services Advisory Committee. In this role, she is the representative for family caregivers. “Ultimately, the goal of this initiative is to transform Illinois’ system of older adult services making it the most comprehensive, affordable and sustainable service delivery system possible.”

Pat also represents the interests of seniors for US Congresswoman Melissa Bean’s 8th District Senior Advisory Committee as Chair of Veterans issues for the 101st US Congress. Pat was selected for the faculty of the
2008 NCOA-ASA  Aging in America Conference held in Washington, D.C. She is a Board Member for the Illinois Continuity of Care Organization and Member of the Certification Committee for the National Geriatric Care Managers Organization.

As a volunteer, Pat provides marketing and education on the Veterans “Aid and Attendance” program. An under utilized benefit for seniors and their widowed spouses that had served during wartime for the United States of America.
Pat is an expert in senior housing and care options and specializes on how to help employers and family caregivers learn about senior resources. Pat has a wealth of information on how to access both private, state, Veterans and federal services and programs.