Consultant: Eddy Ann Dibner, LSW, ACM

eddy1Specializing in geriatrics, Eddy is a medical social worker who consults for Aurora and adds more than 35 years of clinical experience to Aurora’s health-care financial counseling capabilities. This commitment to our clients is unique in the financial consulting professions. With increasing frequency, family members confront health-related issues that are complex, confusing and stress the entire family structure, functionally, emotionally and financially. When the lack of readily available health-care advisory services became apparent, we asked Eddy consult on a gratis basis.

Eddy counsels, guides and assists our client-families and their relatives through the ever-changing maze of health-care concerns. Her expertise encompasses many of the usually unforeseen financial complexities of residential changes, geriatrics, illness, special needs for all ages and terminal life counseling. Her professional credentials include certification as an Accredited Case Manager, and she serves in an adjunct teaching capacity with the University of New England’s Physician’s Assistant program, educating enrolled PAs about the complexities of end-of-life decision making. Her assistance is available to Aurora clients (and their close relatives) as needed, and has proved to be an important, frequently used and valuable addition to our list of non-fee services.

Eddy attended Miami University in Ohio and graduated from the State University at Stony Brook, N.Y., in 1976. She started as a social worker at Portland’s Mercy Hospital in 1976 and has pursued her entire career there. She is a former, multi-term director on the board of the Portland YWCA, serving as an officer in the Y’s Street Program for homeless youth, and a multi-term board director with the Spurwink Institute, twice chairing Spurwink’s annual “Humanitarian of the Year” award dinner.

Eddy has served as a board member of Temple Beth El, founding and directing the civic programs that bring meals to bereaved, aged or infirmed members of Portland’s Jewish community. She has also served as a multi-term member of the Cumberland County Child Abuse and Neglect Council.

In spite of her husband’s influence, she has raised two lovely and bright daughters and is the sole focus of her dog Lucy’s unwavering affections.

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