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Aging Life Care Charleston is a multidisciplinary geriatric care management team helping seniors and their families manage the journey of aging.  Aging Life Care Charleston tailors their professional services with great care and offers a full array of services.  

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Margaret Kunes, MHA, CMC

Owner & Aging Life Care Professional

The Aging Life Care Charleston team is led by owner Margaret Kunes.  She knows the ins and outs of aging well in Charleston and works alongside her team to advocate and to guide her clients.  Please read more on Margaret's story...

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Kelly Carleton

Care Coordinator

Kelly joined the Aging Life Care Charleston team in January of 2021.  Kelly and Margaret work closely together to provide a highly personalized approach to each client's situation.  

 

Kelly was previously the executive director and administrator at Ashley Gardens Alzheimer's Special Care Center.  She has her BS in Healthcare Management and Case Management from the University of New Hampshire.  She is also a licensed CRCF Administrator and a certified dementia practitioner.  Kelly is also certified in both Dementia Dialogues and Meaningful Moments.

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Kim Sheldon

Registered Nurse

Kim joined our team in October of 2020.  Her clinical knowledge, along with her years of experience, allow her to advocate for our clients to ensure their healthcare needs are being met in a way that coincides with their aging goals. 

Prior to joining ALCC, Kim was a Roper St. Francis team member serving in the roles of Home Health Liaison, Service Line Director of Case Management and Clinical Manager of the Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant Unit.  

Kim has her MS in Community & Public Health Nursing and her BSN from the University of Maryland. 

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Maryanne Harbit,

RN, MSN

Registered Nurse

Maryanne has over thirty years experience as a nurse.  She has extensive clinical experience in general medicine, general surgery, neurology, urology, orthopedics and wound care.  In addition to her time spent working with ALCC clients, she also works at the Trident Medical Center and teaches NCLEX review courses for Kaplan for graduating nursing students. Prior to that, she served as the Nurse Manager of Medical Services at the Department of Veteran's Affairs Medical Center in Charleston.  Maryanne joined our team in 2016.  

 

  

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Helen Boatwright

Office Manager 

 Helen joined our team in 2017.  Prior to joining our team, she was a data analyst at Benefitfocus and Resident Services Coordinator at Bishop Gadsden.  Helen received her BS from the College of Charleston.   

 
 

MORE ABOUT MARGARET 

Margret Kunes, MHA, CMC 

Owner & Aging Life Care Professional

Margaret grew up in Charleston and attended Ashley Hall.  After Ashley Hall, she completed her undergraduate degree in anthropology with a concentration in medical humanities at Davidson College.  She then received her master's in health administration, with honors, from the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, in 2005.  

Margaret is a nationally certified professional care manager with over 20 years of experience.  Her career has spanned a spectrum of geriatric care from residential settings and respite agencies to individual counseling and family guidance.  During her graduate school years, she worked at Roper Saint Francis Healthcare’s community senior program and at HCR-Manor Care as admissions and marketing director. In 2006, she became the social services coordinator at the Bishop Gadsden Retirement Community, where for more than three years she managed an array of residents’ health and social needs as part of an interdisciplinary team with an emphasis on promoting independence.  In 2010, she became program director for Respite Care Charleston (RCC), where for more than four years she tailored support and services for families affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias.  Then in 2014, Margaret started Aging Life Care Charleston and has continued to use her expertise, knowledge and passion to serve Charleston's seniors.

In addition to her role as an aging life care professional and  business owner, Margaret is the Aging Life Care Association (ALCA) Charleston Chapter Leader.  She is also a founding member of the ALCA Charleston Chapter.  Margaret received the ALCA Outstanding Southeast Chapter Member award in 2019.  She is also the past Treasurer of Aging Life Care Association (ALCA) Southeast Region. 

 

Margaret is also active in the community.  She is a certified Alzheimer's Association group facilitator and former support group facilitator at Franke at Seaside and Respite Care Charleston.  She is a past board member of the Ladies' Benevolent Society, First Scots Kindergarten and Redeemer Children's Center and Preschool.   

 

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“Without Margaret’s smart and steady
support, I’m not at all sure I could have
managed to keep (and sometimes regain!)
my equilibrium over several years of caring
for my husband who had vascular dementia.
She was there when I hit a wall, when I got
confused, and when understanding and
gentle guidance were exactly what was
needed. I am ever grateful.”

Susan Lyons, A Caregiver

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