First and foremost, our Aging Life Care Professionals are advocates for our clients and families. We advocate in a variety of ways and in a variety of settings. We attend care conferences in nursing homes to help clients and families better understand the care plan, the medical diagnoses and treatments, thereby assuring a smoother transition back to the community. We help many families that are trying to manage long distance care-giving by acting as an extra set of eyes and ears at medical appointments and by asking the questions that will guarantee our clients’ wishes are honored. We assure that treatments, medications and follow-up are communicated and implemented. We also report directly to you as the caregiver so you hear first-hand how your family member is doing.
Consider the following scenarios:
Mom has been hospitalized several times. Could you use a professional to plan for the what ifs and the next steps?
Dad is in a long term care facility or assisted living and you’re not happy with the situation, but you can’t put your finger on why. Could you use an advocate to help you professionally and independently evaluate the situation?
Your wife has recently received a diagnosis of dementia. Who in the community will help you navigate all the uncharted waters? Where should you start and who will look out for your best interests as a couple?