Janet Girardat, certified geriatric specialist, brings years of experience to The Greens at Cannondale’s newly created position of family services adviser.

Ms. Girardat explains: “I’ll be at The Greens to serve residents and family members personally and individually. I’m here to listen and to resolve any sort of question or request, to make suggestions and respond to any concern that family members may have. I’ll follow up to make sure residents and families are satisfied.”

Ms. Girardat has the skills, training and knowledge to fulfill this responsibility. She was care management coordinator at the New Haven Area Agency on Aging, life guidance director at Atria Assisted Living in Stratford, and head of the Norwalk office of the Alzheimer’s Association. She has worked with Protective Services for the Elderly, probate courts, Legal Aid, spoken at statewide education conferences and run support groups for caregivers. She understands the dynamic of a family’s decision when a loved one should no longer live alone.

“When parents of adult children move to The Greens for the benefits of assisted living, the patient’s lifestyle is changed and so are the lives of sons, daughters and caregivers,” she said. “For the family’s continued peace of mind, a trusted, experienced adviser is a necessity, someone who is always available and actively involved. Family members shouldn’t ever feel out of touch.

“I’ve had a career in business and teaching,” she continued, “but when my mother developed Alzheimer’s disease, I gave  all my attention to her and that made me aware of  the needs of the elderly. After further education and training, I became a certified geriatric specialist. I wasn’t just taking a course. I lived it.

“The Greens has an outstanding reputation and the residents here have led busy, active lives. The Greens program of activities reflects that. It’s designed to engage every resident in meaningful activity. I’m looking forward to making sure that the hopes, needs and wishes of residents and families are being met.”