Go Dedicated!

The extra personal touch when needed

When Dari Digital Assistant just isn’t enough, there’s Dari Dedicated. Dari Dedicated gives families access to dedicated Care Guides to work through more complex issues one-on-one

Examples of ways that our Care Guides can help include, but are not limited to:

noun_medical_3232570-smallNavigating medical needs and concerns, such as doctors appointments, physical therapy services, hospitalizations, transportation, etc.

noun_nursing home_4051086-smallHelp understanding different long-term care housing options and/or arranging home care

noun_Checklist_2373843-smallLocating community and government-based benefits, resources, and services for which you are eligible

noun_Logistics_2157515Exploring and arranging meal delivery, medication delivery, durable medical equipment, age-appropriate exercise equipment, personal care products, and more

noun_Healthcare_3085648Helping families understand the intricacies of challenging health issues and what to expect as things progress

noun_Broken Heart_1034072Providing emotional support through life's challenges and transitions, especially surrounding grief and loss

Meet Our Care Guides

Lauren Kessler, LCSW

Meet Me

Experience

12 years

Education

Master's from Loyola University Chicago 

Specialties

  • Supporting Older Adults in Future Planning and Aging in Place
  • Complex Family Dynamics
  • End-of-Life Care

About Lauren

Lauren was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. A mother of 2, she loves traveling, seeing live music (including her husband, who is a singer/songwriter), and spending quality time with her close friends, family, and new puppy, Harry.

Adriana Medina, MSW, LSW

Meet Me

Experience

3 years

Education

Master's from Dominican University

Specialties

  • Supporting Older Adults to Age in Place
  • Advanced Care Planning
  • End-of-Life Care

About Adriana

Adriana was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. She enjoys reading, traveling, and spending quality time with her close-knit family, including her small dogs. She is an ongoing learner, embracing any opportunity to learn something new, especially by attending a cultural event or exploring a new place.

Melissa Vela, LCSW

Meet Me

Experience

5 years

Education

Master's from Loyola University Chicago

Specialties

  • Care Planning for Older Adults Aging in Place
  • Identifying Caregiver Support Options
  • Future Care Planning

About Melissa

Melissa was born and raised in Chicago, where she currently resides. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, watching shows and films, reading, going on nature walks, and traveling.

Ciara Smith, MSW

Meet Me

Experience

8 years

Education

Master's from Northeastern Illinois University

Specialties

  • Aging
  • Healthcare
  • Advanced care planning

About Ciara

Ciara was born and raised in Chicago, IL where she currently resides with her son. Ciara enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, listening to music, reading and writing.