We all, naturally, want the best for those we love. But in some instances when families are involved in a senior loved one’s care, opinions about what is best for the person may clash. It can cause family members to argue with each other instead of working together. This is just one instance when it’s a good idea to seek the assistance of a professional third party, like an aging life care professional (also known as a care manager), who knows what older adults need for long-term care and how to accomplish receiving this care.
Aging life care professionals have the skills needed to guide families in determining what type of care a senior loved one requires and how to most effectively coordinate long-term care. They can also serve as mediators when family members disagree when attempting to plan care for their loved one.
Consider an aging life care professional as a “professional family member,” typically a nurse or social worker, with expertise in the resources that are available to help seniors with a variety of needs and challenges. Just several of the many ways they can help include:
- Working with families through difficult conversations and problems
- Addressing emotional concerns
- Collaborating with other care professionals, including the senior’s medical team
- Visiting the home to assess needs and recommend appropriate services
- Developing short- and long-term care plans and goals
- Providing relief to overburdened family caregivers
Make sure you obtain the answers to the following questions from potential aging life care professionals:
- Are you licensed?
- How much experience do you have as an aging life care professional?
- What happens if I have an emergency after-hours?
- Do you have references I can talk to?
- Will your agency also help with home care services?
Aging Life Care Professionals and Home Care
One of the perks of using aging life care professionals to coordinate care is that they are trained to work with many different types of people and organizations. An aging life care professional can help coordinate medical care, work with lawyers, and coordinate in-home care services. Home care agencies like Home Care Solutions who work with aging life care professionals further ease stress for families and improve quality of life in the home.
To learn more about Home Care Solutions, the experts in home care in Richland, WA, and nearby areas, and our aging life care professional services, contact us any time at (509) 627-8575. We offer a free in-home consultation to share more about how we can help in your particular circumstances.