In 1993, Sheila McMackin founded Wellspring Personal Care. As an experienced Geriatric Care Manager and Licensed Clinical Social Worker, she recognized that when individuals choose to be cared for at home, they should be assured that the quality of their lives will be maintained or improved. In keeping with her commitment to educate consumers about home care choices, and set standards for the industry, she established the National Private Duty Association (NPDA) in 2002. She has served as Chairman of the Board for the past nine years. As a result of the work of the Illinois NPDA Chapter, providers of private duty home care in Illinois must now be licensed by the Illinois Department of Public Health. Sheila is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, and the Illinois Department of Public Health Home Health, Home Services and Home Nursing Advisory Board.
Each year, under Sheila McMackin's direction and supervision, Wellspring Personal Care trains social work students from Ireland to work with older adults. They also provide outreach services to the frail elderly Irish population in the Chicago Metropolitan area.
"We have been extremely pleased with the breadth of exposure that we have offered to practicum students including an introduction to the clinical issues related to aging, as well as social welfare policies that affect older adults and the disabled internationally."
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Steven C. Fox D.O.
Medical Director Wellspring Personal Care
Dr. Steven C. Fox is a licensed physician and surgeon. He was the co-founder of Wellspring Gerontological Services (WGS), which provided comprehensive assessment and care management for older adults and persons with disabilities in the Chicago metropolitan area from 1985 through 1993.
Now in private practice, Dr. Fox applies the osteopathic philosophy and principles of wellness to his practice in geriatrics and disability medicine. For the past 27 years, the primary focus of Dr. Fox’s clinical practice, teaching and research has been on the care and treatment of the elderly and disabled. He conducts assessments of decision-making capacity, of functional capacity and of individual care needs. Since 1989, he has conducted forensic examinations and provided expert testimony in criminal and civil elder abuse and financial exploitation trials. He is a recognized court appointed expert in guardianship, undue influence, and probate proceedings. Dr. Fox has taught and published on the topics assessment of decisional capacity, guardianship, reality testing, personality disorder, nursing home care and litigation. As Medical Director for Wellspring Personal Care, he provides hands on consultation and oversight for all Wellspring clients requiring skilled nursing services.
He is a member of the American Geriatrics Society, the American Medical Directors Association, the Illinois Geriatric Society, and Illinois Citizens for Better Care.
Edwin Nunez, RN, CLNC
Director of Clinical Services
Edwin has over 25 years of Nursing/ Health Care experience. His experiences in the many different fields of Nursing bring a fresh new view on care in the home. Edwin has served in direct care and or management in the Hospital, Nursing Home, Assisted Living, and Home Health Care setting. He has owned and operated two Dialysis centers. Edwin is also a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant.
Edwin believes the knowledge that has come from his experiences will be invaluable when making clinical decisions concerning our clients in the home. He understands the direction of health care is trending towards care in the patient’s residence rather than an institution. With more and more of the population receiving care in their homes, Edwin thinks it is imperative to have well trained staff that is knowledgeable to the unique circumstances regarding each of our clients. Edwin’s goal is to be a strong leader as well as clinical resource for staff, clients, and clients families.
Ellen Cohen MA
Gwen Watkins MA LCSW
Business Development Consultant
E x p e r t i s e I n n o v a t i o n B e t t e r O u t c o m e s a t H o m e
Illinois Department of Public Health Licensed Agency
Founding Member of the Home Care Association of America