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AGING LIFE CARE PROFESSIONALS™ - THE EXPERTS IN AGING WELL
The expertise of Aging Life Care Professionals at Extended Family can be summarized into 8 knowledge areas. Let’s take a closer look:
Health and Disability. Aging Life Care Managers can assist you or your loved ones navigate the Health Care System. We communicate with long-distant families, we set-up and monitor medication regimes. We supervise and coordinate agencies which provide assistance with Activities of Daily Living. We communicate with physicians and recommend specialists in many areas including: neurology, cardiology, dermatology, Physical Medicine and pain control, urology, orthopedic specialists, endocrinologists, and surgeons.
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. Advanced Directives and Durable Powers of Attorney are very important and we assist with the planning and implementing of Advanced
Crisis Intervention. Aging Life Care Professionals offer crisis intervention when it is needed, helping clients navigate through emergency departments and hospitalizations, rehabilitation stays, and ensuring that adequate care is available to the client. For families that live at a distance, this can be a much-needed 24/7 emergency contact.
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.
Circumstances to use Aging Life Care
- The person you are caring for has limited or no family support
- Your family has just become involved with helping the individual and needs direction about available services.
- The person you are caring for has multiple medical or psychological issues.
- The person you're caring for is unable to live safely in his/her current environment.
- Your family is either "burned-out" or confused about care solutions.
- Your family has a limited time and/or expertise in dealing with your loved ones chronic care.
- Your family is at odds regarding care decisions.
- The person you are caring for is not pleased with current care providers and requires advocacy.
- The person you are caring for his confused about his/her own Financial and/or legal situation.
- Your family needs education and/for direction in dealing with behaviors associated with dementia.