Aging Life Care Professional®
This post is about discussing what is available in the community and why you should always review someone's background (knowledge, experience, and education) before you decide to hire them for consulting work, especially when it comes to the care of your loved one.
Since gaining my certification as a Care Manager. I have decided to join a great organization known as the Aging Life Care Association®, The Experts in Aging Well®.
Due to my background, experience, and education, I was accepted into the association as an Advanced Professional Member/Certified Geriatric Care Manager, which is the highest level possible.
So what does this all mean? (Visit, https://www.aginglifecare.org/ALCA/About_Aging_Life_Care/ALCA/About_Aging_Life_Care/What_you_need_to_know.aspx?hkey=a487975b-4621-4c97-a4c9-a0efb2b7f581)
"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 / care management, including, but not limited to nursing, gerontology, social work, or psychology, with a specialized focus on issues related to aging and elder care.
The Aging Life Care Professional assists clients in attaining their maximum functional potential. The individual’s independence is encouraged, while safety and security concerns are also addressed. Aging Life Care Professionals are able to address a broad range of issues related to the well-being of their client. They also have extensive knowledge about the costs, quality, and availability of resources in their communities."
Aging Life Care Professionals become the “coach” and families or clients the “team captain”; with this phrase too, I like to include that, When "I" is Replaced by "We"...even Illness Becomes Wellness.
I decided to apply and join this organization because as a RN, Certified Care Manager, and now Certified Geriatric Care Manager, I believe in holistic care and so does the Aging Life Care Association.
How do you know if you need me, an Aging Life Care Professional®:
When caregiving for an aging family member becomes overwhelming, it may be time to contact an Aging Life Care Professional.
You may need an Aging Life Care Professional if 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
- 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
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