Senior Life Care Management
The systematic process of assessment, planning and service coordination where multiple service needs are met in order to maintain or improve quality of life.
The assessment process requires clinical skills and judgement. Knowledge of community resources and means to accessing them are critical to initiating services.
BENEFITS OF USING AN AGING LIFE CARE PROFESSIONAL
Aging life care services are offered in a variety of settings. Professional can serve the needs of their clients by providing:
- Personalized and compassionate service
- Focusing on the individual’s wants and needs
- Being available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
- Continuity of care
- Coordinating communication between family members, doctors, other professionals, and service providers
- Cost containment
- Avoiding inappropriate placements, duplication of services, and unnecessary hospitalizations
- Quality control
- Aging life care services follow ALCA’s Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics
We serve people who may...
- Need multiple services
- Contemplate a change of residence
- Require placement in care facility
- Have inadequate informal support system
- Be overwhelmed by complex family dynamic
- Live alone
- Be homebound
- Exhibit poor judgment
- Be unable to access care
- Require personal advocacy, counseling and support
- Need referrals to dependable community resources
Professional competence requires knowledge, experience and skill on the part of the practitioner. The expertise and technology a care manager employs is a unique combination of clinical and management capabilities. Coordinating, monitoring and evaluating are parts of planned care.
Signs indicating assistance is needed...
- Evidence of poor judgement
- Financial exploitation
- Weight loss and poor nutrition
- Poor hygiene
- Medication noncompliance
- Sudden change in behaviors
- Major crisis
- Unexpected change in home environment
- Physical and verbal abuse