A brush with death inspired Anne Schug Williams to start her own business managing care for the elderly.
At age 44, Williams had open heart surgery, which made her re-evaluate her life.
“Working with (the) elderly is what I loved,” said Williams, who has worked as a social worker for just over 25 years. “I put it all together, and decided to open my own geriatric care business.”
Williams’ started her business, Anne Schug Williams and Associates, in June of 2012. She currently has 18 clients, and her area of operation includes Syracuse, Oneonta and communities in between, including Cooperstown.
“This change that I made was the best one for me and my family,” said Williams, saying that owning her own business has allowed her to work around her young daughter’s schedule.“I was able to make my own hours.”
Before starting ASW and Associates, Williams worked for Excellus BlueCross BlueShield and Heritage Health Care Center in Utica as a case manager. She has a master of social work from Syracuse University.
Williams says that her job involves working with clients to help them develop and execute plans of care for themselves as they age.
Williams said she begins this process by conducting an evaluation of a client. The factors that she evaluates are physical, psycho-social, financial and emotional. This evaluation helps Williams and her client draft a plan of care.
This plan can involve such steps as setting up financial services, downsizing to a smaller residence, finding placement in an assisted living facility, and setting up healthcare services. Once the plan is set up, Williams supervises it, which can include everything from making sure a client is receiving proper healthcare to ensuring that they are eating regularly.
“Wherever the home (of my client) is, I’m a guest in the home,” said Williams. “My job is to make sure their wishes are maintained.”