Aging Life Care professionals come from varied educational backgrounds in health and human services. Registered Nurses, social workers, gerontologists, health administrators, and therapists are most common to care management. Our Aging Life Care managers belong to our national trade organization, Aging Life Care Association, and we adhere to its standards of practice and code of ethics.
The Aging Life Care Professional respects the client and family culture and philosophies when offering solutions to problems. The goal is always to assist you or your parent to be as independent and as safe as possible. We strive to find cost-effective solutions that meet vigilant monitoring of your parent for effectiveness of the plan of care. We are not the decision maker, but “the person who handles all the ‘trouble,’” as one client so aptly described our services to his physician. The true goal is to avoid “trouble” by thorough assessment, care planning, implementation, and ongoing monitoring and responsiveness.
Sometimes a change in residences to a higher level of care is necessary to meet the client’s needs. We have a thorough knowledge of facilities and can help with the selection and transition to alternate living arrangements if needed.
We can also help educate and provide counsel to families who are managing care for their loved one directly or need guidance for the best next step.
SeniorCare Family Service care managers are, first of all, compassionate problem solvers who strive to bring peace of mind by finding solutions to the challenges of aging.
Our Aging Life Care Professionals are Registered Nurses who have extensive experience and knowledge about the multiple complexities of senior care needs and community resources.
Services we provide
- Creating and monitoring the health and service care plan
- Arranging for “as needed” support services and caregivers
- Ongoing visits to monitor the care plan, either in the client’s home or facility where they reside
- Reporting to family and/or legal representative
- Scheduling and attending medical appointments
- Review of advanced directives/living wills, informed consent, healthcare surrogate/proxy designations, patient rights, insurance benefits (including insurance filing), healthcare privacy protection, and financial eligibility requirements for nursing facility or assisted living placement
- On-call availability to help senior clients during a personal or healthcare emergency 24 hours a day
- Educational resource support to clients and families
- Facilitate alternate living placement as appropriate
- Advocacy for client needs and wishes
Services we arrange and monitor
- Transportation to physician appointments or other medical appointments
- Home health care
- Housekeeping services
- Yard work
- Maintenance services
- Meal delivery
- Grocery delivery
- Socialization opportunities
- In-home or outpatient therapy services, if needed
- Referral options to elder law attorneys and accountants
- Other services as may be requested
The ongoing relationship between the care manager and the client starts with an assessment of needs. Then, a care plan is developed to resolve identified problems. The care manager is in contact with the family to give updated reports and a schedule of visits is agreed on with the family and client. The care manager typically attends all doctor visits, monitors the in-home services, and is on call for the client 24/7.