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Alissa watches for signs of physical and mental changes in your loved one. Recognizing differences early and being ready with a plan are the best ways to avoid crises and ensure top care.

Age is opportunity no less
Than youth itself
though in another dress,
And as the evening
twilight fades away
The sky is filled with stars,
invisible by day

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

What to Look for When Visiting Aging Loved Ones for the Holidays

Is it Time for Help? Knowing When Your Aging Loved One Isn’t Safe Alone Anymore

November 2023 — Aging Life Care Managers® across the country report an increase in inquiries during and immediately after the holiday season. Denver-area Aging Life Care Manager Alissa Schramm concurs, saying she fields a greater volume of calls—usually from visiting adult children—around the holidays. Read more

Alissa Schramm Certified as Mental Health First Aider

December 2022 — Most of us would know how to help if we saw someone having a heart attack – we’d start CPR or call 9-1-1. But too few would know how to respond if we saw someone having a panic attack, contemplating suicide or showing signs of alcoholism. Read more

Alissa Schramm Eager to Advance Education

March 2023 — Alissa Schramm regularly exceeds the continuing education requirement mandated by the National Academy of Certified Care Managers. The academy that credentialed Alissa as a “Care Manager, Certified” requires 45 hours of additional education during every three-year renewal period. Read more

NACCM Receives National Accreditation

NACCM Receives National Accreditation

December 13, 2022 — The National Academy of Certified Care Managers (NACCM)—Alissa Schramm’s certification body—has received accreditation for the Care Manager Certified Program (CMC) from the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).
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Alissa Celebrates 27 Years in Elder Care

July 2022 — Alissa Schramm is proud to mark 27 years of helping older adults this summer. Read more

Alissa Schramm Re-Certified and Acknowledged as a Care Manager Certified (CMC)

June 20, 2021 — Alissa Schramm, president and chief operating officer of Compass Elder Care Specialists, Inc., has been re-certified and acknowledged as a Care Manager Certified (CMC) by the National Academy of Certified Care Managers.

Candidates must meet education and experience requirements before being granted permission to take an examination that tests the skills, knowledge and practice ethics needed to serve clients. Alissa was originally certified in July 2009. Certification lasts for three years.

The Academy was established as a nonprofit organization in 1994. Its mission is to support a high level of competence in the practice of care management through the development and administration of a formal certification and re-certification program.

Dedication To Helping Denver-Area Seniors With Far-Away Families

By Alissa Schramm, MS, CMC
Aging Life Care Manager – Advanced Professional

I’m often asked why I specialize in working with Denver-area seniors with only out-of-state families. Long-distance family members need a dependable, seasoned elder care professional – and I’ve proven over the past 13 years of operating Compass Elder Care Specialists that I can fill that niche.
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Let’s Talk About How We Talk About Dementia

June 1, 2018 —An estimated 350,000 Coloradans are affected by dementia. This number is almost as large as the population of the city of Aurora, or that of the cities of Boulder, Lakewood and Pueblo combined. Read more

Alissa Schramm Only Local Geriatric Care Manager Trained by Clutter Expert Matt Paxton

March 14, 2014 — Alissa Schramm was the only geriatric care manager in the Denver area to attend clutter expert Matt Paxton’s seminar for professionals. Matt started his extreme cleaning and organizing company in Virginia in 2006 and appeared as one of the most popular experts on the hit A&E show “Hoarders.” His book, “The Secret Lives of Hoarders,” chronicles his experiences with level 1 (mild) to level 5 (extreme) hoarding situations.

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Alissa Schramm Earns Top Geriatric Care Manager Certification

Alissa Schramm, president and chief operating officer of Compass Elder Care Specialists, Inc., has met the gold standard of membership from the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers, earning the distinction of “Certified Geriatric Care Manager.” Read more

Call or email today to request a complimentary 30-minute no-obligation introductory consultation (one per family by phone or in person).

Medicare does not pay for geriatric care management. Services are private pay only. Some long-term care insurance policies may reimburse clients for care management services.

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