941-444-8760 - Sarasota
A Professional Guardianship & Elder Care Management Company
Serving Families with Aging Parents in Sarasota & Bradenton, Florida
JESSICA L. RAITZ, MSW
Founder and President
“I advocate for my clients and believe, regardless of age or mental condition, they should be treated with dignity and respect.” ~ Jessica L. Raitz, MSW
A Note from Jessica:
“I have been fortunate to work closely with the best medical professionals at the area hospitals including Manatee Memorial, Lakewood Ranch Medical, and Complex Care. These well-vetted mentors are now my strategic partners, assisting my clientele to find solution-driven care plans. Having “cut my teeth” as a discharge planner in these hospitals, many times dealing with a crisis, has made me well-equipped to help my clients navigate through their healthcare issues. I enjoy being able to discharge patients from the hospital to their home, with a successful outcome.
Although I am in the healthcare industry, I am a social worker at heart. Patient advocacy is at the core of what I do. To better protect my clients, I have earned my Professional Guardian designation. My background as a social worker allows me to leverage additional resources for my clients, while also assisting the adult children that are often dealing with complex emotions that come with an elderly loved one.
I understand how to navigate the complicated nuances of health insurance plans making sure my clients get every possible benefit those plans may offer. Since leaving the hospital system, I have applied my knowledge, and I love using this knowledge to help my clients.”
Jessica L. Raitz, MSW, Professional Guardian, is the Founder and President of Jessica Care. She creates and implements the care plans for her clients and oversees the day-to-day operations of the company. Jessica has over 15 years of experience in the healthcare industry, focused within the geriatric population. Jessica has in-depth experience assisting individuals, and their loved ones, to work through the complexities associated with assisted living facilities, cognitive impairments, and unexpected hospitalizations. Jessica is proud to be an Aging LifeCare Professional and enjoys her role as a geriatric care manager.
Prior to forming Jessica Care, she served as a case manager at Manatee Memorial Hospital and Lakewood Ranch Medical in Bradenton, Florida. Jessica has extensive experience conducting psycho-social assessments and working closely with individuals with dementia, Parkinson’s, and depression.
Jessica holds a master’s degree in Social Work from The Catholic University of America and B.A. from Florida State University. Jessica was recognized by The International Honor Society of Social Sciences and is an active member of the Aging Life Care Association (ALCA), and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).
Heather has over 20 years of professional work experience in the field of gerontology with expertise in social services, dementia behavior management, and Montessori for Dementia programming. Heather has a diverse educational background in the field of Social Work, Gerontology, and Recreation.
Heather’s professional work experience started in Canada. Before moving to the United States, she was involved in developing the Oxford County’s dementia strategies for older adults living with dementia, mental health, substance use and/or other neurological conditions. Heather provided education/training to other professional and families in the community. Heather designed and developed Montessori products for her client’s based on their needs. Often implementing the Montessori tools as interventions as a first defense instead of medications to manage the persons behavioral symptoms associated with the dementia.
Her work experience continued in the United State where she has held positions as the Director of Social Services in a long-term care community and the Memory Care Director. She was successful in introducing each facility to Montessori for dementia principals, which improved the lives of the residents.
Gracey is our lead Office Dog, a Goldendoodle, who is an old soul. Being a Goldendoodle makes her hypoallergenic. She loves cuddling with people and we can bring her to visit a client, if requested.