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Aging Life Care Association®

What You Need to Know

What is Aging Life Care™?

Aging Life Care™, also known as geriatric care management, is a holistic, client-centered approach to caring
for older adults or others facing ongoing health challenges. Working with families, the expertise of Aging Life Care
Professionals® provides the answers at a time of uncertainty. Their guidance leads families to the actions and
decisions that ensure quality care and an optimal life for those they love, thus reducing worry, stress and time from
work for family caregivers through:

 

 • Assessment and monitoring

 • Planning and problem-solving

 • Education and advocacy

 • Family caregiver coaching

 

Aging Life Care Experts Can Help:

 

• Conduct care-planning assessments to identify problems,
  eligibility for assistance, and need for services

• Screen, arrange and monitor in-home help or other services
• Review financial, legal, or medical issues and offer referrals to
  geriatric specialists to avoid future problems and conserve assets

• Provide crisis intervention
• Act as a liaison to families, alerting them early to problems
  to ensure early interventions

• Assist with moving a loved one to or from a retirement
  complex, care home, or nursing home

• Provide consumer education and advocacy

• Offer counseling and support

 

What is an Aging Life Care Professional®?

An Aging Life Care Professional®, also known as a geriatric care manager, is a health and human services
specialist who acts as a guide and advocate for families who are caring for older relatives or disabled adults. The
Aging Life Care Professional® is educated and experienced in any of several fields related to Aging Life Care™
including, but not limited to counseling, gerontology, mental health, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy,
psychology, or social work; with a specialized focus on issues related to aging and elder care.

 

You may need an Aging Life Care Professional® when the person you are caring for:

 

• has multiple medical or psychological issues

• is unable to live safely in their current environment

• is not pleased with current care providers and requires advocacy

• is confused about their own financial and/or legal situation

• has limited or no family support in the area

 

Or if your family:

 

• has just become involved with helping the individual and needs direction about available services

• is either “burned out” or confused about care solutions

• has limited time and/or expertise in dealing with the individual’s chronic care needs and does not live close by

• is at odds regarding care decisions

• needs education and/or direction in dealing with behaviors associated with dementia

Actual Client Scenarios

 

Adult children living out of state concerned about mom and dad,
and dad is suffering from early stage dementia.

 

Niece who is power of attorney (POA) of her aunt, and aunt had fallen and is now
being released from hospital and does not know what Rehabilitation facility to have her taken.

 

Daughter concerned about her father at home with severe Lewy Body Dementia
and now needs to get him into an appropriate nursing home.

 

Son living out of state has concerns about how his father is being treated in an
assisted living facility, and father cannot tell him much due to his dementia.

 

Sister at the end of her rope trying to help her brother/veteran get out of the
hospital with serious COPD and dementia, and into an appropriate rehab and
then a nursing home that will accept him due to his extreme mental status.

 

Financial Manager requesting help in assessing his client with
emerging dementia and to encourage her to leave her home for a
more suitable assisted living facility setting.

 

Elder Law Attorney/POA concerned about placing his client in another assisted living
facility, since she had been given an eviction notice because of rules non-compliance.

 

Son who is POA requesting regular monitoring visits for his mom who resides in a
nursing home to ensure that she is getting the care that was promised to her.


Elder Law Attorney/POA requesting assessment, and ongoing monitoring of an
in-home couple in their 90’s, both of which have medical and some dementia.


Sister living out of area needing immediate intervention to keep her
sister, (who is a hoarder) from being evicted from her apartment and possibly
taken into custody by the Department of Human Services.


Senior Trust Officer/Bank requested assessment of services required to
keep client safe in a nursing home, whereas client is suffering from significant
mental deterioration and unable to communicate.

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