Ann Schoonover and Wendy Walsh from Surrey Services for Seniors Join Slutsky Elder Law as Guest Contributors
What is an Aging Life Care Manager?
Aging Life Care Managers, formerly known as Geriatric Care Managers, are professionals who work with seniors and their families to guide them through the maze of available resources and coordinate all aspects of care. They use a team approach to provide a wide range of services designed to best meet the unique needs and goals of each individual client. Aging Life Care Managers advocate on your behalf with health care providers, facilities and other professionals.
Care management services can be used to complete a comprehensive assessment of a person’s unique needs and develop a plan to address immediate needs as well as look toward the future. Other services include having a professional advocate for you in facilities or hospitals, coordinating community resources or acting as a liaison with family members, power of attorneys or other professionals. Often beneficial is having an objective professional facilitate family meetings when not everyone is in agreement about what steps are needed to keep an older adult safe and happy.
How Do I Know that I Need This Service?
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
Or, if your family:
• has just become involved with helping the individual and needs direction about services
• is “burned out” or confused about care options
• 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 in dealing with behaviors associated with dementia
Surrey Services Care Managers are available to meet with you and discuss your current situation and goals for the future. Ann Schoonover and Wendy Walsh can be reached at 484-321-6105 and look forward to speaking with you.