Dr. Rosalyn Roker founded Commanding Your Care, LLC to help seniors, individuals with disabilities, and family caregivers identify quality and affordable needed supports and services to improve their quality of life.
She became passionate about helping seniors and people with disabilities when she was a teenager working in the dining department at a skilled nursing home in South Florida. Her concerns about the well-being of the residents and communication with the health care providers sparked her interest in a career caring for seniors.
But “life happened”, and Dr. Roker’s career plans took a detour and she landed in a law enforcement career that spanned over 24 years. Even while working in law enforcement, Dr. Roker found herself helping seniors and family caregivers in the community navigate non-law enforcement social service issues.
After retiring from her law enforcement career, Dr. Roker returned to graduate school to pursue advanced training in gerontology. She feels that her life’s calling is advocating for seniors and people with disabilities to help them optimize their health and quality of life.
Dr. Roker’s goals are to make caregiving easier and reduce stress for families by being an advocate for their loved ones while helping them navigate the complex healthcare and social services systems.
Dr. Roker has extensive experience working with older adults, individuals with disabilities, and family caregivers. She provides private pay care management and patient advocacy, mediation services, training on aging topics, and she is a court-appointed Guardianship Examining Committee member. Dr. Roker previously owned a non-medical homecare/companion agency, she worked as a senior care manager for a large managed care insurance company, she was an independent contractor providing support coordination services for individuals with disabilities who were on the Medicaid Waiver program in Florida, and she is a retired federal law enforcement agent.
- Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Anthropology, Florida International University, Miami, FL
- Master of Business Administration, Saint Leo University, Saint Leo, FL
- Graduate Certificate in Geriatric Care Management, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
- Graduate Certificate in Evaluation, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
- Master of Arts in Gerontology, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
- Ph.D. in Aging Sciences, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
Dr. Roker’s volunteer services focus on improving the lives of older adults and vulnerable populations. She is a former Board of Trustees member and current Life Member for Florida Council on Aging where she served on the advocacy committee. Her other volunteer activities include Meals on Wheels – delivering meals to homebound seniors and people with disabilities, Alzheimer’s Association – Alzheimer’s Community Educator, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. – various community projects service projects, and The Five Wishes community presentations. Dr. Roker enjoys traveling, relaxing near the water, listening to live music, and baking.
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What is a care manager?
A care manager is dedicated to helping clients age well while also supporting quality of life for family members. This phase of a family’s journey together is often complicated. There is more to do than there is time. Relatives may live far away. Relations can become strained.
Our professional training and knowledge of best practices can ease the journey.
Every family is unique. As care managers, we apply our insights and skills in 8 key areas to provide you with a positive care plan tailored to your family’s individual needs and strengths.
We offer expertise regarding:
- Health and disability: Through assessments and experience, we can help you understand what your loved one does well, and in what areas he or she could use additional help.
- Finances: A review of the current monetary situation will result in a plan to make resources stretch as efficiently as possibly while maintaining the desired level of comfort, dignity and safety.
- Housing: Based on the assessments, recommendations can be made for optimal living situations now, with a view to likely changes in the foreseeable future.
- Family: Sibling disagreements and old family history often make the aging journey difficult. Our training provides for skilled facilitation of family meetings and creation of a plan that takes everyone’s needs into account.
- Local Resources: There are programs available to help, but it’s difficult to know which one is the most appropriate for your situation. Save time and money by letting us objectively evaluate the situation and connect you to the resources best suited to your needs.
- Advocacy: Our comprehensive knowledge of the disjointed health care system allows us to monitor quality and lobby for the care and treatment your family wants.
- Legal: Let us help you identify issues and get key paperwork in order.
- Crisis Intervention: The unexpected is simply a fact of life in aging. We are experienced with elder emergencies and are ready to jump in at a moment’s notice.
Commanding Your Care, LLC is in the business of helping aging adults and their families to live well throughout the aging process. Give us a call at 561-910-1620 to discuss the many ways we can help you.
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How we are different
What makes a care manager stand apart from the others is the commitment to stay focused on the needs of the client and family. Others may offer services for less, but what you receive cannot help but be influenced by the payment structure.
Hospital- or insurance-based case managers are employees of the health care system. They are good professionals. Their focus, however, is to address the issues of patients within the institution and to make efficient use of services for their organization.
We are based in the community and work with aging adults wherever they live. We provide continuity of care across all settings. We include the family and focus on improving quality of life for the older adult and their grown children.
Senior advisors are paid referral fees to suggest elder care facilities. As a general rule, they have a more limited sphere of knowledge and do not hold a professional degree needed to give them expertise in the 8 key areas of elder care. Only those facilities willing to pay a finder’s fee will be included in their list of suggestions. There may be a more appropriate option, but it will not be mentioned if the facility does not pay for referrals.
Because we are paid directly by you, we are independent and objective. Our focus is 100% on the needs of your family and your aging loved ones. We apply our considerable skill and years of training to your unique situation.
When the issue is safety and quality of life, you deserve the best!
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We pride ourselves in our commitment to stay abreast of the ever-changing landscape of senior services and aging research. To this end, our care managers are members of the following professional organizations:
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