Do I need an Aging Life Care Professional?

Do you find yourself thinking any of the following:

  • I worry about my Mother’s declining health.
  • I wonder what I should be doing now to avoid a crisis later.
  • I wish I had more time to help my Dad.
  • I’m confused about entitlement programs, like Medicaid and Medicare, and what my parent may be eligible for. How can I find out more, and what do I need to be doing now?
  • I want to be certain my folks are taking their medicines.
  • I worry about what might happen while I’m at work.
  • I disagree with my sisters about what’s best for Mom.
  • I’m afraid my Grandmother may have dementia.
  • I’m not sure if a nursing home is the right choice.

These are typical situations and concerns that many of us have for ourselves and our family members, particularly as the systems in place to support us become more complex and expensive. Wendy Liebling, an Aging Life Care Professional™ (ALCP; formerly known as a Geriatric Care Manager) offers an holistic approach to guide families, individuals, and older adults navigate medical and behavioral health challenges and ongoing health concerns.

Signs that you may need an ALC Professional

  • You are confused about care alternatives
  • Family does not have the time to devote to the search for alternate living situations or pursue care solutions
  • There is little or no family, or family lives at a distance
  • You need direction about what services and resources are available and appropriate for you’re the situation
  • The medical, psychosocial, or behavioral health issues are overwhelming
  • Family cannot assist in the planning process
  • Family conflict prevents decisions from being made

ALC Professionals are often contacted by adult children or other family members who may or may not live in close proximity to their aging parents, or if the family is limited or unable to participate in care planning. Through a personalized of assessment, the ALCP will recommend a plan of care based upon the unique circumstances of a family system or individual. ALCPs function as advocates, educators and resource seekers that ultimately strengthen the quality of care and quality of life for both individuals and families.

Types of Services Provided

  • Assessment and monitoring
  • Planning and problem-solving
  • Navigation of resources and service coordination
  • Education and advocacy
  • Family caregiver coaching, mediation
  • Ongoing monitoring and support

Unlike other professionals who may be employed by a particular healthcare system or institution, Liebling Elder Care offers independent, client-centered guidance enabling families and individuals to make decisions to ensure quality care and optimal life for loved ones based on their particular circumstances and needs. Expert guidance is designed to maximize quality of life of the while reducing the anxiety of those whose lives may be impacted.

Don’t forget, “we’ve all got something.”