About abridge: Aging Life Care Management

Nationally Certified, based in Athens, Georgia

abridge: Aging Life Care Management is a client-focused, results motivated, holistic care management agency based in Athens, Georgia. 

Whether it's elder care coordination, special needs advocacy or caregiver coaching, we can abridge the 'to do' list by outlining steps and developing a professional team of support.

Our focus is on improving client outcomes by ensuring high quality care coordination and monitoring while promoting client autonomy.

We promote dignity, while advocating for our clients' unique wishes. 

Taking a collaborative approach, we help guide families, clients and decision makers across the bridge of difficult decisions related to age and/or disability.

We streamline the care coordination process by directing care through collaboration with local specialists.  

 

 

Let us guide the way!

 

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Abbie Vogt

Masters in Gerontology, Care Manager Certified, Positive Approach to Care Independent Consultant, Certified Dementia Practitioner, Owner and Managing Director

Abbie has been a certified Advanced Professional of the Aging Life Care™ Association since 2013 & is Care Manager Certified through the National Academy of Certified Care Managers. In 2020 she became a Teepa Snow PAC [Positive Approach® to Care} Independent Consultant, focusing on transforming what exists into a more positive dementia care culture.

Abbie began her career working as a caregiver for the elderly & other-abled in her teens. Since then, her  professional experience in the field of aging services has placed her in numerous settings, including hospice, assisted living, dementia care, non-profit and home care administration.

 

She takes a creative approach when addressing her client's specific care requirements & incorporates an always flexible attitude when addressing challenges. 

She has direct experience advocating for individuals with various forms of dementia, TBI, spinal cord injury, COPD, diabetes, vision loss, mental health issues, huntington's disease, parkinsonisms, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and other various movement disorders. 

She previously served as the secretary for the Southeast Chapter of the Aging Life Care™ Association and the past president of the Athens Senior Resource Network.


After growing up in Austin, Texas, she lived and worked in north central (Denton/Dallas) Texas for ten years before moving to Athens, Georgia in 2015. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, beekeeping, spending time with her animals & making flavorful meals with her husband. 

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Jasmine Wood

Masters in Social Work Candidate, Bachelors in Psychology, Certified Substance Use Counselor-IP, Associate Care Manager 

Jasmine was recruited to the Abridge team by the owner after she witnessed first-hand the skill and innate knowledge Jasmine has in her chosen field. She is a rising star in her profession. 

In addition to her personal history as a family caregiver, Jasmine has experience in a variety of social work related settings, including crisis intervention, counseling and inpatient nursing home environments. 

She has hands- on experiencing advocating for persons diagnosed with various forms of dementia, movement disorders, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, nerve damage, chronic kidney disease, and patients post stroke.  

In her work with persons experiencing various mental health conditions, Jasmine focused on incorporating non-pharmacological interventions such as music therapy, cognitive activities, and emotional support while also providing resources to counselors and therapists. In addition, Jasmine has worked with medically acute patients as their advocate for both their health and quality of life concerns. She offers guidance to her clients ensuring they understand their care plans and works with families to establish support systems in place for caregiving needs. 

Jasmine first found her love of social work through the personal experience of watching her father become disabled and his progression with his condition. She saw the struggles that families face with unmediated medical and aging related concerns and wanted to provide comfort to others in similar situations. 

Like the rest of the Abridge team, Jasmine loves to travel, especially to the National Parks. She also enjoys attending concerts and watching football. She and her partner have four cats and a service dog that she says provide them with an abundance of love and energy. 

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Sarah Clemmons

Masters in Social Work & Bachelors of English Literature, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Professional Aging Life Care Manager

Sarah received her bachelors in English Literature and her Masters in Social Work from the University of Georgia. She maintains her Georgia state license as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

In her almost ten years of professional experience, Sarah has worked primarily in the medical setting as both a hospital and dialysis social worker. Though most of her work experience has been in the Athens area, Sarah and her husband spent two years working as medical travelers, living and working in: California, New York, Pennsylvania, and Alaska.

Sarah joined the Abridge team in 2021. Her experience in the healthcare setting has allowed her to work with clients and families throughout a multitude of complex situations. Being able to provide a calm and supportive presence during a difficult time is one of the things Sarah enjoys most about being a social worker. Sarah enjoys serving as an advocate for clients and their families while navigating the complex healthcare system; as well as through the aging process.

In addition to care management, Sarah also offers one-on-one counseling through Abridge’s services on a private pay basis and for individuals approved through the Kepro Employee Assistance Program. She specializes in aging, anxiety, stress, depression, anger and grief. 

 

Sarah enjoys traveling and seeing new places, hiking and being outdoors, writing, photography, spending time with her husband and dog, Biscuit, and reading (she even started her own Little Free Library!).

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Certified Senior Advisor

Sheila Collins

Masters in Spirituality & Applied Behavioral Science,

Certified Senior Advisor, Care Manager Emeritus, Team Mentor

Sheila has been an Advanced Professional member of the Aging Life Care™ Association since 2011 & is an active member of the nationally accredited society of Certified Senior Advisors.

She lived in Bluffton, SC and worked in Savannah before moving to Athens in 2019. 

Prior to teaming up with Abbie, Sheila has an extensive history in various professional roles in senior care industry. She has specialized in the field of geriatric care management for over ten years.

 

Her career in health care began at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1991, and has included serving in hospital, home health, hospice, health care consulting, care management, and physicians’ practice settings. . 

 

Sheila holds an M.S. in Applied Behavioral Science from Johns Hopkins University, as well as an M.A. from Mundelein College. She is an Advanced Professional member of the Aging Life Care™ Association and a Certified Senior Advisor.

 

Sheila offers caring, expert guidance and practical support to seniors and their families, particularly those affected by dementia. She is a writer and amateur photographer, and enjoys exploring the art, music, and outdoor beauty that the Athens area has to offer.

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Athens Area Chamber Of Commerce

 

a•bridge: Aging Life Care Management is a proud member of the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce.  The Athens Area Chamber of Commerce has been an important function in the Athens business community since 1906. We work with a range of partners from Economic Development and the Small Business Development Center to the Visitors Bureau and the Mayoral Office in an effort to help engage and connect the community.

In many aspects the history of the Athens business community is the history of the Chamber. Our board has consisted of community leaders including small business owners, prominent CEO’s and all levels of public officials.