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Mary S. Daniel

Caregiver Advocate

Mary Daniel is a Board-Certified Patient Advocate and the founder/CEO of ClaimMedic and the Daniel Advocacy Group. Mary’s husband, Steve was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2013 at the age of 59. He has been a resident at Rosecastle at Deerwood Memory Care Center in Jacksonville since July 2019. In July 2020, Mary gained national attention after taking a job as a dishwasher at Rosecastle so that she could spend time with Steve after being separated for 114 days during the lockdown due to COVID-19.

As a result, Mary founded the Facebook group Caregivers for Compromise – because isolation kills too! which has over 14,000 members and group pages in every state. Her grassroots effort got the attention of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis who appointed Mary to the Florida Task Force on the Safe and Limited Re-Opening of Long-Term Care Facilities.

The recommendations of the Task Force were accepted by the Governor on September 1, 2020 and Essential Caregivers were allowed back in facilities to see their loved ones. She has continued advocating for long-term care residents by leading Caregivers for Compromise to promote H.R. 3733, the Essential Caregiver Act.

She has also worked extensively with Rep. Clay Yarborough and Governor Ron DeSantis’s office to get SB 988, the No Patient Left Alone bill passed in the recent session of the Florida Legislature. Governor DeSantis signed the bill into law on April 6, 2022 guaranteeing that patients and residents in hospitals and long-term care facilities will never be separated from their loved ones again.

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