Aging Life Care Professionals®, sometimes called Geriatric Care Managers, have emerged as resources for families. They are able to relieve the family caregiver burden, are often engaged by families separated by distance, and understand the complexity of the healthcare system. The value of Aging Life Care Professional services is evident. With the increasing aging population and the emphasis on continuity of care, Aging Life Care Professionals are poised to play a larger role in coming years.
While 7 out of 10 adults are expected to need assistance as they age, scholars in the aging field perceive it as unrealistic to continue to rely so heavily on family caregivers because of their declining future numbers, the complexity of the healthcare system, and competing responsibilities for modern families.
Responsible Parties cited keeping them informed about the client’s status as the most common Care Manager function, followed by emergency management and medical management. All these services work together to set the Responsible Parties’ minds at ease.
Most Common Services Performed by Aging Life Care Professionals:
Assessing, monitoring, and updating responsible party on client's needs
Managing crises, safety concerns, or conflicts in the client's life
Advocating and coordinating for the client's medical concerns
Providing support and services that preserve the client's independence
Offering activities that enhance the client's social support and quality of life
Providing impaired memory support and services
Patti Urban, CSA, is the CEO of Aging Care Planning Solutions, an aging life care management company that assists the elderly and their families with advance care planning as well as guidance for patients with life-limiting illnesses. She can be reached at www.agingcarePS.com.