Elizabeth Friese, with Community Care Systems of Shelbyville, was named Care Coordinator of the Year by the Illinois Council of Case Coordination Units.

Elizabeth Friese, of Community Care Systems’ Shelbyville office is a Supervisor and Care Manager for Cumberland and Shelby Counties but can be found in any of the four counties when there is a need. She is a true leader and shares her wealth of knowledge with peers to ensure participants are assessed in a timely manner. She is not afraid to pick up and do what is needed to get the work done. Her peers look to her for guidance and respect her decisions. Supervisors can count on Elizabeth to represent the agency with professionalism at various meetings and health fairs. She has a gift of working with the most challenging participants and families and always remains calm, courteous, and respectful of their situation. Recently, Elizabeth took on a very difficult situation and made a difference in one participant’s life. She advocated for the participant with other service providers, encouraged him to accept assistance, and care- managed his needs even when he was homeless. She has an upbeat attitude and remains positive when someone is struggling.  Read the whole story.

Community Care Systems Home Care Aide Missy Miles helps Vietnam Veteran Bill Hrudicka prepare for the Sept. 26 Honor Flight. Hrudicka was the first recipient of the Blessing Hospice Hope Project.

While veterans take Honor Flights at no personal cost, Hrudicka needed a little more assistance. He knew he would never make the trip on foot or alone, so the Hope Project provided the funds to send Missy Miles, a Community Care home care aid, along for the ride. Miles has worked in Hrudicka’s home since his diagnosis in June 2012. She cared for him during times when he lacked the strength to move from his chair to his bed. She saw him hit his lowest point during treatment and watched him steadily regain strength and comfort on hospice. “He’s living life and doing what he wants to do,” Miles said. “We’re trying to help him as best as we can.” Read the whole story.

Jenn Herman of Community Care Systems receives Case Manager of the Year Award

At the 2007 Governor’s Conference on Aging Jen Herman received the 2007 Outstanding Case Manager of the Year Award. Jen was selected based on her outstanding qualifications as a Case Manager. The Outstanding Case Manager of the Year Award was presented to Jen by the Illinois Council of Case Coordination Units. Jen has been a Case Manager for Community Care Systems, Inc. since April of 2001 in our Bloomington CCU office.

Jen Herman is a true team player. The Case Coordination Unit has been using the Comprehensive Assessment for the past few years. The challenge for the office was with the tracking of the intensive monitoring and follow up. Jen works with the other case managers to develop a system to ensure the follow up and monitoring is being completed. She rallies the other case managers to embrace the new system. Jen is willing to take the necessary steps to get the job done. She assists her coworkers whenever possible and always has a word of encouragement. Her dedication has given her the opportunity to become an able and admired supervisor for our Bloomington CCU office.

Jen is a true professional. She represents not only Community Care Systems, Inc. but also the Aging Network in a professional manner. She is a co-founder of the McLean County Senior Service Council, which is an educational, and networking meeting for agencies involved with the senior population in McLean County. She coordinates the monthly meetings and arranges for the educational component of the meeting. In addition, she represents CCSI at the Caregiver Advisory Council. Jen is able to go to any meeting and represent the Company in a professional manner but also can contribute significantly to the topic at hand. Finally, Jen has not met a Health Fair, County Fair and Resource Fair that she has not liked. She is always willing to volunteer if it means informing area seniors about the services and resources available in the community. Congratulations Jen Herman! Community Care Systems, Inc. is very proud to have Jen Herman working and representing Community Care Systems, Inc.

Illinois Department on Aging Illinois Employ the Older Worker Employer of the Year

Community Care Systems, Inc. is a proud member of the National Private Duty Association, the first and oldest trade association for providers of non-medical home care in the United States. We employ our direct care staff and maintain workers’ compensation coverage and liability insurance.