What is an Aging Life Care Information Specialist?
An Aging Life Care Information Specialist is a professional who provides a variety of services for Seniors, developmentally disabled individuals, families, and care givers. An Aging Life Care Information Specialist generally provides a home assessment and then recommends a care plan based on this interview. The goal of the aging life care information specialist is to ensure the provision of in-home/community based care management and psychosocial services to meet the senior’s or the developmentally disabled needs, facilitate stability in the home environment, assist the senior or disabled individual cope with the stresses of their life.
You may or may not implement any portion of the care plan, but at least you will have the necessary tools to understand many of the home dynamics that are often overlooked due to being emotionally close to the senior or living too far away. In many cases, seniors will be more forthcoming with an Aging Life Care Information Specialist regarding life issues than they will be with family members. This may seem strange at first, but consider that most seniors do not want to burden their already very busy family members. On the other hand, the Aging Life Care Information Specialist is a paid professional and most people are willing to get their money’s worth for paid services.
Why use an Aging Life Care Information Specialist?
Your Aging Life Care Information Specialist can make a professional assessment, arrange care services, find community resources, assist with a residential placement when the time comes, and be a source of information as well.
General Methods of Aging Life Care Information Specialists:
Step 1: Conduct an in-person assessment – Interview questions cover a range of issues relevant to your loved one’s health and living situation, including everyday activities, nutritional status, safety, memory, depression, finances, insurance, and more.
Interviews between an Aging Life Care Information Specialist and your loved one can be done with or without family members but if you have concerns that you think the Aging Life Care Information Specialist should be aware of, be sure to talk to the Aging Life Care Information Specialist. It is important that the Aging Life Care Information Specialists have all the information that is necessary to do the best job possible.
Step 2: Make a Care Plan – A care plan includes the results of the assessment, recommendations, and referrals for local care options on a priority basis. A care plan will also include regular reassessments. As we age, so do our capabilities. Capabilities and functions need to be monitored as time goes on with adjustments made for those changes.
Step 3: Arrange Services – Even when services are not available directly through the Aging life Care Information Specialists, your Aging Life Care Information Specialist will arrange for the services through other parties. An Aging Life Care Information Specialist finds out what you can do yourself, what can be done by other family members, matches this to the priority lists and economic abilities, and then helps to arrange for and monitor services.
If you are remote from your loved one, they are even more beneficial to you. Getting in touch with local service companies and monitoring them is difficult if not impossible from 1000 miles away. The Aging Life Care Information Specialist becomes you for the purposes of establishing and monitoring services and needs.
Step 4: Monitor Needs – Don’t leave the Aging Life Care Information Specialist out of the ongoing process of needs assessment. The first meeting establishes a baseline and follow up assessments will be compared to that initial assessment to determine what if anything needs to change. Aging Life Care Information Specialists are not in the home on a weekly basis except under certain circumstances so expenses are contained. But as professionals, they can spot issues before they become problems and get them resolved.
Above all else, contact with the Aging Life Care Information Specialist, and the family is very important. Not only does it help you understand what is going on, doing so helps to keep the Aging Life Care Information Specialist updated on anything that you see as an issue. By staying in touch, you also let the Aging Life Care Information Specialist know that you are interested and are paying attention to what they do.