Meet Our Aging Life Coaches[/button] Much of what we do for those we love is manageable. However, the world of eldercare comes with a language of its’ own. A language we are sometimes trying to learn in a day. A medical crisis can leave us navigating a new world and require decisions that are difficult to make without assistance. For others, facing the many choices and care options related to dementia care, housing, finances or trying to communicate with siblings leaves us overwhelmed.
When you find yourself facing a difficult challenge, Aging Life Network will connect you with a Professional Life Care Manager over the phone. The Professional Life Care Manager will be able to provide guidance so that you can make decisions and evaluate your options. You will have a partner to walk you through whatever the situation is.
Our one-on-one Coaching Calls can be easily scheduled. The calls are one hour in length. Once scheduled, you will receive an email that will offer an opportunity for you to share a bit about your situation and the purpose of your call. This will be sent to the Life Care Professional you are scheduled with in order to allow you more time to discuss your concerns during the call.
The following are examples of the kind of guidance a family member may be seeking;
- My parent is currently in the hospital, having fallen and broken their hip. What can I expect my parent will need? What questions should I be asking? Are there differences in the type of rehabilitation facilities I am being asked to select? Won’t Medicare pay for care when they get home?
- I spoke with my mother by phone today. She lives in a different State and she sounds very confused. She seems to be more frail and is having trouble getting out of the house to the doctor. I think I’m named as power of attorney for healthcare but am not sure. Can I call her physician and express my concern? She has a friend that she has said I should call when concerned. What do I suggest that friend do to help? I can’t get away from work right now but wonder what I should ask the doctor. I’ve heard that some doctors will go to her house. How do I find one? I tried to find a Care Manager in the town my mother lives in but it’s a rural area and there is no-one to help. What do I do?
- I believe it’s time for my loved one to move into an assisted living facility. My siblings don’t agree. How do I talk with my loved one about this? What can I do to get my siblings on board? Will the doctor talk with my loved one about this? What type of housing options now exist and how do I determine what is best for my loved one? Can I force Mom to go?
Our national network of Professional Life Care Managers work with families every day facing the challenges you are facing with your own loved one. They are sometimes referred to as Healthcare Advocates or Navigators, Life Care Managers, Case Managers or Geriatric Care Managers. The Life Care Professional is educated and experienced in any of several fields, including, but not limited to social work, nursing, counseling, gerontology, mental health, physical or occupational therapy, psychology; with a specialized focus on issues related to aging and eldercare. They offer a comprehensive understanding of the multi-disciplinary issues faced by aging adults. The Professional Life Care Managers typically have expertise in 8 Knowledge Areas, and will Coach you in these areas as needed:
- Crisis Intervention
Navigating emergency departments, hospitalizations, rehabilitation stays or major decisions
- Health & Disability
Interacting with the healthcare system related to physical, mental health and dementia-related problems
Provide information on benefits and Long-Term Care insurance
Discuss options and different types of Housing and Levels of Care
Help with adjustment, problem-solving around care concerns and differences of opinion
Broad-based discussion about care options and how to evaluate resources
Coach you to be a strong and effective advocate; ensuring needs are being adequately addressed
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Aging Life Network is working with licensed / certified professionals because of the rigorous educational expectations, Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics promoted by their respective professional bodies. Aging Life Network can not control every aspect of the Coaching work done by our Affiliate Life Care Professionals. You should use your best judgment that the Coaching you’ve received, and your subsequent actions reflect what is best for you, your loved one and your own family. Aging Life Network cannot guarantee any outcome related to your work with Network Affiliates.