Identifying the problems. Finding the solutions.Geriatric Care Management and Aging Life Care™ Services
The primary goal of Care Management and Aging Life Care services is to help clearly identify the problems, and recommend appropriate, realistic solutions, that improve the quality of life for the Alzheimer’s caregiver and care receiver.
Our Alzheimer’s Geriatric Assessment is extremely comprehensive and begins with and in-depth telephone call to review your concerns as well as your current caregiving challenges. The includes a review of the patients physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs; medications; cognitive function; ability to complete ADL’s (activities of daily living) and IADLs (instrumental activities of daily living), as well as a complete fall prevention and home safety evaluation.
Our geriatric care managers, called “Care Navigators“, include social workers, registered nurses (RN’s), and professional aging life care managers who are experts in Alzheimer’s and dementia care. Your personal Care Navigator will assist you throughout your caregiving journey, and help you navigate the changes and challenges you’ll face along the way.
Caregivers request the services of our professional geriatric care managers or “Care Navigators”, when they have concerns about their loved one and they aren’t sure where to begin to find the professional guidance, support, and answers they need.
The first step in our Alzheimer’s Geriatric Care Assessment process, begins with an in-depth telephone call to review your concerns as well as your current caregiving challenges.
We then schedule a visit with the patient and where indicated, speak with the patients physician and other family members to gain as much information and insight as possible.
After the assessment is complete, your Care Navigator will create and help implement, a personalized Care Navigation Plan.
It will summarize the things she found and give you a solid, realistic action plan, moving forward. Care Navigation Plans not only provide ongoing and continuous care, but they incorporate all of the medical, physical, social, psychological and spiritual needs of the patient and often the direct caregiver as well.
- Crisis Intervention→
- Home Care→
- Medication Management→
- Assistance with Placement→
- Long Distance Caregiving
Caregivers and family members of those with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or other cognitive impairment never have to go through a crisis alone.We provide local caregivers and families with counseling, coaching, guidance, support, and dementia specific resources to help you cope with the challenges of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.
We can help you select, coordinate and manage all of your loved ones in-home care needs. From creating and implementing a care plan that enhances and improves your loved ones quality of life, to assuring that the hired care providers are providing exceptional care.
Properly managing the medications for someone with Alzheimer’s disease is a difficult task made even more complex when the patient is under the care of numerous physicians, all of whom are prescribing one, two or even three different medications. We can help!
Most families want to do everything they can to keep the person with Alzheimer’s disease at home; but if the time comes when living at home is no longer an option, your Care Navigator will help you select the very best assisted living facility or nursing home based on your needs and the needs of your loved one.
Long Distance Caregiving
Everything’s fine – and then something happens. A doctor calls in the middle of the night to say that your older parent 3,000 miles away has fallen and has been hospitalized. Or your mother, who lives several states away, calls to say she can no longer cope with your father’s dementia.
Managing care from a distance can be difficult, stressful, and time consuming. Our Care Navigators can help!
Additional Care Management ServicesImproving the quality of life for the caregiver and care receiver
- Coaching for Caregivers→
- Workshops & Training→
- Making Moments Matter→
- Bill Paying & Household Management
Coaching for Caregivers provides one-on-one support and professional guidance, to patients, caregivers, family and friends, to help them cope and adjust to issues related to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Clients receive all of the benefits that come with attending a support group or caregiver workshop, but on an individualized basis, and in a warm and comforting environment. Be sure to check out our Coaching for Kids™ program too!
The Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center provides education and training to individuals, caregivers, and family members, both online and in person. Our Learning Lighthouse Resource Library is also available to the Alzheimer’s community and is filled with books, DVD’s, brochures and other dementia specific information and resources all designed to help you provide the very best care to your loved one.
Making Moments Matter™ is a daily, person-centered program that enables caregivers to successfully meet the needs of those who are living at home, and who suffer from memory loss, by concentrating on their current abilities and maximizing their strengths.
Perfect for those unwilling or unable to attend adult day care, as well as those needing socialization and appropriate cognitive stimulation.
Activities and levels of engagement are based on the persons individual abilities, likes and dislikes, as well as their current level of cognitive function.
Our Care Navigators can help you manage all of your loved ones home management needs.
- Pay bills, balance checkbook, and assist with correspondence
- Pay bills, balance checkbook, and assist with correspondence
- Review medical bills, insurance claims and reimbursements
- Manage all payroll, record keeping and reporting responsibilities for privately hired workers
- Arrange and supervise home repairs and modifications
- Assist with entitlement applications
Paying for Alzheimer's Care ~ Advanced Care Planning to Meet Long-Term Care Needs
Advanced care planning to meet the long-term care needs of those with Alzheimer’s disease, includes addressing the legal and financial questions caregivers have when trying to determine how they will pay for their loved ones care.For most families the expenses of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s are covered by a variety of sources.
The Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center is not a law firm. All legal work is performed by independent elder law attorneys
Medicaid planning involves utilizing the Medicaid laws in place in one’s state of residency to qualify for Medicaid assistance to pay for long term care and still retain access to assets that Medicaid does not count.
Pre-planning for Medicaid involves preparation for long term care for ourselves or a loved one. Pre-planning is recommended whether an individual is residing in their own home, assisted living community or in a skilled nursing facility. Pre-planning is essential for many in order to avoid financial devastation.
There are many types of wills available to clients. A Simple Will or Statutory Will is a common choice for those with a small, uncomplicated Estate and relatively straightforward wishes.
Many Veterans are unaware of a special pension that may be available for them, or their spouse. This pension is known as the Veterans Aid & Attendance Program. This is referred to as a non-service connected pension, because the veteran, spouse or widow does not have to have a disability as a result of military service.
This pension is especially beneficial for those residing in Assisted Living Facilities or utilizing home health services. This supplemental pension from the VA will help pay for the monthly cost of the Assisted Living Facility or Home Health aide.
As a non-profit organization that serves as the first point of contact for caregivers of those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or other neurocognitive disorder, the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center provides affordable, accessible, and comprehensive care management services to caregivers in our community, including in-home memory care, advanced clinical care management and a variety of Aging Life Care Services.