The oversight offered by ALC Professionals who coordinate appropriate and cost-effective services that support clients are implemented in a range of settings, from hospital to nursing home to personal care/assisted living to home. Very often during care transitions from one setting to another, an error may occur and communication fails. In light of the Affordable Care Act’s focus on hospital readmission reduction, increased attention has been paid to the role of ALCP™ who can be pivotal in the process of identifying potential ‘red flags’ in order to avoid hospital readmissions by attentive assessment and care planning.
How to pay for an Aging Life Care Professional™
Most often, Care Management coordination by an Aging Life Care Professional™ is paid for privately (and billed hourly for their time). Some long term care insurance policies may pay for some services including assessment and care coordination. An ALCP™ can assist in the claim process with Long Term Care Insurance. In some instances an Employee Assistance program may cover a limited number of hours of Aging Life Care as a benefit. Traditional medical insurance and Medicare does not pay for Aging Life Care services, but the ALCP™ can refer the client for skilled services that Medicare covers.
Benefits of using an Aging Life Care Professional™
- Personalized and compassionate service focusing on the individual’s wants and needs
- Continuity of care as communications are coordinated between family members, doctors, other professionals and service providers
- Cost containment by avoiding inappropriate placements, duplication of services by increasing compliance where unnecessary hospitalizations are avoided
- Saving in time and efficiency by knowing the resources available
- Appropriately assess care needs to arrange the proper level of care
- Identify strategies to increase compliance and decrease hospitalizations and readmissions
- Saving in household expenses by identifying local cost saving programs
- Assess safety risks in the home
- Assist adult children to avoid work absences and lost wages
- Supervise and coordinate medical appointments
- Support the caregiver through interventions to diminish caregiver stress
- Identify and utilize available technology to support care needs
- Accessibility as care is typically available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in emergency situations
- Quality control of aging life care services through peer consultation, ALCA’s Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics
Thank you to the Aging Care Life Association for giving us permission to share this information.