If you missed our recent Lunch and Learn with Wendy Miller, an Aging Life Care Specialist, below are a few highlights.
- An aging life care specialist, also known as a geriatric care manager, is a health and human services specialist who acts as a guide and advocate for families who are caring for older relatives or disabled adults.
- Aging life care professionals are knowledgeable in many areas affecting seniors and can help families with such things as crisis intervention, navigating the health care system, managing family dynamics, and determining the best housing options.
- In addition to the services they provide, an aging life care professional will also refer clients to a larger network of professionals that they may need such as elder care attorneys, bill-paying services, and people who will help pack up a home for you.
- When it comes to family dynamics, it can be very helpful to have an aging life care specialist involved. For example, someone who is resistant to a family member’s suggestions of change may be more willing to work with an impartial professional.
- Aging life care professionals typically charge hourly. This begins with an initial assessment and basic care plan, totaling approximately three hours. From there, it depends how hands-on the client needs him or her to be.
- Unlike assisted living locator services, aging life care professionals do not get commissions, so their recommendations are unbiased.
- Working with an aging life care professional is an ongoing process. People change, management changes, and no facility is perfect. Wendy has a presence at every facility and understands that sometimes a fit for one person is not the best fit for somebody else.
- To find an aging life care professional, visit againlifecare.org. All care providers shown on this website must have an advanced degree and a certain amount of work experience with seniors to be qualified.
To read more about Wendy's services, visit her website: www.annapolisseniors.com