C2 – Beyond Task-Based Care: Person-Centered Care For Clients

Shadi Gholizadeh, PhD, MPH, and Deanne Belcher, R.N., discuss the benefits of moving beyond a task-
based care focus to a more person-centered and biopsychosocial approach that considers modifiable
risk factors for aging-related morbidities and psychosocial opportunities for engagement and joy.
Fiduciaries can be better equipped to recognize this type of care and know what to look for in a care
plan and questions to ask agencies in finding optimal care for their clients. Fiduciaries will also learn tips
to incorporate a person-centered approach and language into their own interactions with clients.


Deanne Belcher

Deanne Belcher


As a Regional Director of Business Development for TheKey, Deanne Belcher will coordinate home care services for seniors, educate the community on TheKey’s innovative approach to in-home care and work with other elder care professionals to help seniors in Palo Alto and the greater Peninsula Thrive. 

Deanne brings over 34 years of experience in the Bay Area to TheKey and is a highly acclaimed home health and home care expert. She has worked in both clinical and management roles in home health, starting her career as a Registered Nurse before moving into the home health care arena in 1991, where she discovered her passion for home care and sales.

She went on to assist with the creation and development of AdvoLIFE, a successful geriatric care management and caregiving company. As a company leader, Deanne helped with AdvoLIFE’s expansion and acquisition by LivHOME until 2011, when she became a key member of the start-up team for Agility Health, a licensed private duty home health agency. 

Deanne joined the sales team at TheKey (then Home Care Assistance) in 2016 where she continues her entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to exceptional customer service. She is committed to helping families get the support and quality care they need-so that more older adults can age wisely in the home they love.

Dr. Shadi Gholizadeh

Dr. Shadi Gholizadeh

TheKey (formerly Home Care Assistance)

Shadi Gholizadeh, PhD, MPH, MSc, CMC is a licensed clinical psychologist and serves as Director of Memory Care Programs at TheKey. Dr. Gholizadeh has research and clinical interests in aging in place, coping with and adapting to chronic illness and cognitive decline, health intervention development with a focus on behavior change, caregiver stress and burnout, and psychometrics/psychological assessment. Dr. Gholizadeh works with family and professional caregivers in training and support contexts.

She holds degrees from Stanford University, the London School of Economics, and UC San Diego, Dr. Gholizadeh completed her clinical internship at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior and a postdoctoral research fellowship at McGill University. She is volunteer faculty at the UCLA in the doctoral assessment clinic and maintains a small private psychotherapy practice.