Aging Life Care

What is Aging Life Care?

   Aging Life Care / Geriatric Care Management is a holistic, client-centered approach to caring for older adults.  At Senior Healthcare Management our Aging Life Care Professionals™ work with you to  provides  answers at a time of uncertainty. Their guidance and assistance helps families take action and make decisions that ensure quality care and an optimal life for those they love.  This reduces worry, stress and time off of work for family caregivers.  Our professionals accomplish this by:

  • Assessment and monitoring
  • Planning and problem-solving
  • Education and advocacy
  • Family caregiver coaching
  • Identifying  and engaging local, cost-effective resources  as needed
  • Prepare a care plan tailored for each individual’s circumstances. The plan may be modified, in consultation with client and family, as circumstances change.  

What is and Aging Life Care Professional?

 An Aging Life Care Professional, also known as a Geriatric Care Manager, is an advocate, a guide, and a resource for an older adult and or their families caring for an older relative.  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 gerontology, nursing, social work, psychology, or physical therapy, 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 the families or clients are the team captains.  Aging Life Care Professionals™ are members of the Aging Life Care Association™ (ALCA) and differ from Patient Advocates, Senior Advisors, Senior Navigators, and Elder Advocates. ALCA members must meet stringent education, experience, and certification requirements of the organization, and all members are required to adhere to a strict code of ethics and standards of practice.  

Do I need 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 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 are 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 limited time and/or expertise in dealing with your loved ones’ chronic care needs.
  • 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 is confused about his/her own financial and/or legal situation.
  • Your family needs education and/or direction in dealing with behaviors associated with dementia.
  • You live at a distance from your loved one.