Author Archives: Melanie Lee

About Melanie Lee

Robert “Kim” Lee and Melanie Ann Lee founded Flourish in Place to help seniors and adults with disabilities thrive and flourish while leading dignified and independent lives in the comfort and safety of their own homes. Kim and Melanie raised three remarkable children while helping care for Melanie’s wonderful mother, Kathryn, who lived a rich life despite dealing with bipolar disorder all her life and suffering later from post-polio syndrome. Melanie has cared for her intellectually disabled older sister for the past 18 years as Melinda’s court-appointed plenary guardian. Kim’s mother, Betsy, suffers from severe dementia. She lives in her own home with the help of compassionate family members as well as paid caregivers. Kim and Melanie’s life experiences caring for others influenced their desire to help people not merely “age in place” -- but flourish at home. Kim and Melanie are both Certified Senior Care Managers. Melanie is also a science teacher.

Meet our Staffing Coordinator, Gloria Reid

Gloria has several years of experience as a home care coordinator for a large agency in Queens, NY, called Infiniti Home Care Agency. She has a delightful personality and possesses excellent interpersonal communication skills. Gloria is a U.S. Citizen who was born and raised in Uzbekistan, where she earned a Masters Degree in Nuclear Physics. In … Continue reading

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Welcome, Shaina Lee, RN, Our Nurse Administrator

Shaina brings  12 years of nursing experience to the Flourish in Place family.  She was born in New York and raised in Florida. Her career in nursing started as a licensed practical nurse, which is when she gained experience in skilled nursing facilities and an orthopedic rehab center. She later advanced her education, completing an associate of science degree at … Continue reading

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January Newsletter

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Portia, Now a Certified Occupational Therapist!

Flourish in Place congratulates our caregiver, Portia Everett, for receiving her degree in Occupational Therapy from Keiser University.  Portia has a BS in Early Childhood Education from Santa Fe College in Gainesville, FL.  She is from Columbia County, FL, near Lake City. Portia has a passion for children and the elderly.  She taught VPK with … Continue reading

Judith Nielsen, January Caregiver of the Month

Judith Nielsen, from the area of Cooperstown, NY, is Flourish in Place’s Caregiver of the Month.  Congratulations, Judy! Judy spent 20 years in the U.S. Air Force, reaching the rank of E6 Technical Sergeant.  Her last assignment was at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, CO.  After retiring from the service, Judy worked for … Continue reading

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Keeping Traditions Sparks Memories in Many Directions

In this picture, my mother’s creche sits atop the chest my grandparents brought home from China.  The tradition of setting out the figures in the nativity scene play an important role in our family’s Christmas tradition.  Whether you celebrate Christmas or another religious or ethnic holiday, remember to keep tradition foremost.  Your seniors depend on … Continue reading

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