What We Do
- Assessment to identify strengths and needs
- Planning & problem-solving
- Facilitate communication and coordination between doctors, clients & family
- Assist with proactive plan to limit unnecessary hospitalizations as care needs change
- Referral to Elder Law attorneys and other professionals
AGING LIFE CARE PROFESSIONALS® - THE EXPERTS IN AGING WELL
The expertise of Aging Life Care Professionals can be summarized into 8 knowledge areas. Let’s take a closer look:
Health and Disability. From physical problems to mental health and dementia-related problems, Aging Life Care Managers™ interact with the health care system effectively and frequently. Aging Life Care Professionals attend doctor appointments and facilitate communication between doctor, client, and family. These professionals help determine types of services – including home health and hospice – that are right for a client and assist in engaging and monitoring those services.
Financial. Services may include reviewing or overseeing bill paying or consulting with a client’s accountant or Power of Attorney. Aging Life Care Professionals provide information on Federal and state entitlements, connecting families to local programs when appropriate. They also help clients and families with insurance concerns, claims, and applications.
Housing. Aging Life Care Professionals help families and clients evaluate and select appropriate level of housing or residential options.
Families. Aging Life Care Professionals help families adjust, cope and problem-solve around long-distance and in-home caregiving, addressing care concerns, internal conflicts and differences of opinion about long-term care planning.
Local Resources. Aging Life Care Professionals know the local resources in their communities like the back of their hands and know how services are accessed.
Advocacy. Aging Life Care Professionals are strong and effective advocates for clients and their families, promoting the client’s wishes with health care and other providers, ensuring that client’s needs are being adequately addressed.
Legal. Aging Life Care Professionals refer to legal experts, like elder law attorneys, estate planners, and Powers of Attorney. Some Aging Life Care Professionals provide expert opinion for courts in determining level of care and establishing client needs.
Crisis Intervention. Aging Life Care Professionals offer crisis intervention when it is needed, helping clients navigate through emergency departments and hospitalizations, rehabilitation stays, by advocating for adequate care for the client. We assist families to develop contingency plans to be responsive to changing needs and circumstances.
Local, cost-effective resources are identified and engaged as needed.
A care plan tailored for each individual’s circumstances is prepared after a comprehensive assessment. The plan may be modified, in consultation with client and family, as circumstances change.
“Thank you to the Aging Life Care Association® for permission to share this information. You may learn more about Aging Life Care™ at aginglifecare.org.”