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carol mclimansCarol McLimans

Family Caregiver Specialist
Area Agency on Aging

828.251.7439
carol@landofsky.org


Education

B.S. Clinical Laboratory Medicine, University of Minnesota
M.A. Counseling and Psychological Services, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Extensive graduate education in adult education and human resource development programs, University of Minnesota

Professional Experience

  • Developed and directs Land-of-Sky Regional Council’s Family Caregiver Support Program.
  • 17 years with aging and human services:
  • Graduate internship and volunteer work at the Federal Medical Center in Rochester MN working with inmates in the Severe and Persistent Mental Illness unit of this Federal prison.
  • Volunteer work as a facilitator for Parent Education Training (PET) groups for individuals referred for parent education due to poor parenting skills.
  • Volunteer counselor and victim advocate for Rapeline sexual abuse prevention program serving Olmsted County, MN
  • Updated Olmsted County of MN Social Services Plan, developed measurable outcomes and chaired outcomes evaluation committee for Olmsted County Human Services PET (Program Evaluation and Training) Dept.
  • Served as Job Developer and Program Manager for Land of Sky Regional Council’s Senior Community Service Employment Program.
  • Worked with Senior Centers and other aging services providers as Aging Programs Assistant for Land of Sky Regional Council's Area Agency on Aging
  • Developed entrepreneurial training program for women who wanted to start their own business
  • Certified as a trainer for Communicating Effectively with Health Care Professionals, Powerful Tools for Caregiving, and A Matter of Balance programs
  • Certified as a Laughter Yoga Leader
  • Completed Community Mediation training
  • Professional experience in clinical laboratory medicine including .
  • Served as Program Director for Mayo School of Health Related Sciences Medical Laboratory Technician Program and adjunct faculty for Rochester Community College in Rochester, MN prior to changing careers
  • As Teaching Technologist for Dept of Laboratory Medicine Section of Clinical Microbiology Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN, published Journal articles and gave presentations at national meetings

Professional Affiliations

  • Member American Association of University Women Asheville Chapter
  • Member of North Carolina Respite Coalition

Awards and Honors

  • Recipient of Achievement Award for highest placement rate in state for Senior Community Services Employment Program
  • Recipient of Faculty Services Award from Mayo School of Health Related Sciences
  • Appointed as Instructor for Mayo Medical School
  • Served as committee member and Chairperson for 2 National Laboratory and Microbiology Certification Committees
  • Appointed as adjunct faculty at Rochester Community College, Rochester, MN
  • Presenter at state meetings and conferences

Responsibilities

  • Facilitate efforts in Region B to increase and improve support services for family caregivers of older adults and grandparents and other older relatives raising children.
  • Promote increased public awareness of caregiver needs and resources
  • Provide information and assist caregivers with problem solving and access of services to support them in their caregiving role
  • Collaborate with other organizations to develop and provide educational opportunities for caregivers
  • Contract with agencies in to provide services for family caregivers
  • Monitor contracted agencies to ensure compliance with contractual requirements, accuracy of reporting and appropriate use of federal and state funds
  • Develop and implement work plan for the Family Caregiver Support Program. Report on progress and evaluate results

Representative Projects

  • Coordinate efforts to recognize and honor caregivers as part of National Family Caregiver Month and National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month
  • Serve on leadership team to develop a regional CRC (Community Resource Connection) program
  • Work with North Carolina Respite Coalition to identify and improve respite services for individuals across the life-span
  • Managed ADSSP (Alzheimer’s Disease Supportive Services Program) Innovative services grant from US Administration on Aging and UNC-Chapel-Hill designed to link caregivers to supportive services through their primary care physicians and to develop new programs for people with early memory loss.
  • Partner with other organizations to plan and hold workshops and conference for family caregivers.
  • Serves on Western North Carolina Falls Prevention Task Force; certified as a Building Better Balance Screener
  • Serves as chairperson of the caregiver and social services subcommittee for the LGBT Elder Advocates of Western Carolina.