As part of celebrating the month of May as Aging Life Care Month, we would like help educate our visitors on what it is that Aging Life Care Professionals, also known as Geriatric Care Managers, do to help aging persons and their involved family members to plan for care and solve aging challenges.
As care managers we work with families to coordinate, plan, educate and provide advocacy and support for their aging or disabled loved ones. Dealing with the needs of your aging relatives can be difficult, stressful, and often challenging because it is usually a new and scary experience. Day-to-day life does not stop because a parent needs care, and it can be complicated trying to navigate through things like finances, health concerns, and housing. Coupled with the fact that most families who are caring for an aging loved one are also raising children or managing a busy career. The overwhelm can mount up. Having an Aging Life Care Manager can help with these and many other challenges that aging adults and their families face.
Aging Life Care Managers, also called Geriatric Care Managers or Elder Care Managers, work with clients and families by coordinating care to help meet their needs. With substantial experience combating aging related challenges, they act as an advocate for their clients by providing various health and social services.
Your care manager may be hired for a specific single task or situation, or for long-term ongoing care. Each care manager tailors their care plans to the unique needs of the aging person. Aging Life Care Professionals utilize a holistic, client-centered approach which focuses on the areas of concern in the elder’s life. A care manager can be involved as much, or as little as you want, and are able to assist in areas like, housing, medical management, home care services, social interaction, legal concerns, home safety, and more. One of the largest ways that a care manager helps families is in understanding and assisting with memory loss, cognitive decline, and diagnoses such as Alzheimer’s, Lewy Body, Parkinson’s, and other dementias.
As experienced advisors in all things aging, care managers help families determine the best treatment options through client assessments, care planning, service coordination, community referrals and monitoring. The guidance clients and their families receive from care managers help ensure quality of care and reduce worry and stress for elders and their families by developing a care plan to support their client’s needs. As life happens, plans change and your care manager is watching for care changes and communicating with the family to recommend updates to the care plan.
If you’re lost and struggling with caring for an aging or sick loved one, we urge you to begin today with a phone call at 585-787-0009 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll be happy to assist!