What Is A Care Manager?
Aging Life Care Association™ (ALCA), the professional organization of Aging Life Care Professionals™, defines a geriatric care manager as “a health and human services specialist who acts as a guide and advocate for families who are caring for older relatives or disabled adults. They are trained and experienced in any several fields related to aging life care/care management, including, but not limited to nursing, gerontology, social work, or psychology with a specialized focus on issues related to aging and elder care.” Colleen Daugherty, owner of Senior Life Solutions, is an Aging Life Care Professional™ and a member of ALCA. Her experience as a social worker, counselor, Director of Social Services in long-term care facilities, hospice, as well as a caregiver gives her a unique blend of insight to the ins and outs, as well as the reality and challenges in care management for families.
How Can I Care For My Parents When I Live Far Away?
Whether your parent lives at home or in a facility, nearby or far away, an Aging Life Care Professional™, also known as geriatric care manager, can be very helpful in keeping you informed of your loved one’s well-being and changing needs. The Aging Life Care Professionals™ at Senior Life Solutions are professionally trained to evaluate the medical, social, psychological, and spiritual factors of the entire situation to make sure your loved one is receiving the care they need. We can optimize your care with the coordination and monitoring of services specifically tailored to your unique circumstances. Our goal is to provide you with peace of mind that comes with knowing you and your loved one have a qualified, caring professional helping you with the details while you make the decisions.
How Can I Juggle Work, Family, And Care For My Parents Too?
Many adult children struggle with the dilemma of not enough hours in the day to juggle work, home life, and also care for their parents. Senior Life Solutions saves you time and energy by assisting you with Medicare and Medicaid paperwork, researching and coordinating in-home care, and facilitating communication between family members. We tailor our services to balance your responsibilities so that you can enjoy time with your parents, rather than being bogged down with arrangements and paperwork.
I Am Overwhelmed And Frustrated. What Can I Do?
Providing care and assistance to a loved one is not easy. It does not always feel loving or satisfying. Instead, you may be feeling overwhelmed and exhausted. It is not uncommon for your work, health, and relationships to be negatively impacted as you take on the multiple roles of a caregiver. You are not alone if you feel angry, guilty, fearful, sad, worried, resentful, or stressed. Senior Life Solutions provides you with the support and guidance that allows you to gain clarity, strength, and hope as you adjust to changes in lifestyle, health, and family roles. We also facilitate community support groups and caregiver classes to provide you with assistance every step of the way.
What Can I Do When My Family Just Cannot Agree?
An Aging Life Care Professional™ can be particularly helpful when solving complex situations. For example, family members may not agree on how your loved one should be cared for and what the best care should be. This often results in a break down in communication and strained relationships. Senior Life Solutions provides you with an objective point of view. We give you the up-to-date information that you need to make informed decisions, enhance communication between family members, and optimize your care.