What is Aging Life Care?

Aging Life Care / Geriatric Care Management is a holistic, client-centered
approach to caring for older adults and/or others facing ongoing heath
challenges. Working with families, the Aging Life Care Professional® provides answers at a time of uncertainty and anxiety. The care manager leads families to actions and decisions that ensure quality individualized care, and an optimal life for those they love, thereby reducing worry, stress and time spent by family caregivers, through:

  • Assessment and monitoring

  • Planning and problem-solving

  • Education and advocacy

  • Family caregiver coaching

  • Long-distance caregiving

What is an Aging Life Care Professional®?

An Aging Life Care Professional, also known as a geriatric care manager, is a health and human services specialist who acts as a guide and advocate for families who are caring for older or disabled adults. The Aging Life Care Professional assists clients in attaining their maximum functional potential. The individual’s independence and autonomy is the primary goal, while always balancing safety and security concerns. Aging Life Care Professionals are able to address a broad range of issues related to the well-being of their client. They also have extensive knowledge about the costs, quality and availability of resources in their communities. Aging Life Care Professionals are members of the Aging Life Care Association® (ALCA) and differ from Patient Advocates, Senior Advisors, Senior Navigators, and Elder Advocates. ALCA members must meet stringent educational, experiential and certification requirements and all members are required to adhere to a strict code of ethics and standards of practice.

How do you know that you need an Aging Life Care Professional®?

When caregiving for an aging adult becomes overwhelming and/or unduly
burdensome, it may be time to contact an Aging Life Care Professional.
You may need an Aging Life Care Professional if:

  • The person you are caring for has limited or no family support.

  • You live at a distance from your loved one.

  • Your family has just become involved with helping the individual and needs
    direction about available services.

  • The person you are caring for has multiple medical or psychological issues.

  • The person you are caring for is unable to live safely in his/her current

  • Your family is either “burned out” or confused about care solutions.

  • Your family has limited time and/or expertise in dealing with your loved
    ones’ chronic care needs.

  • Your family is at odds regarding care decisions.

  • The person you are caring for is not pleased with current care providers and
    requires advocacy.

  • The person you are caring for is confused about his/her own financial
    and/or legal circumstances.

  • Your family needs education and/or direction is dealing with behaviors associated with dementia.

Thank you to the Aging Life Care Association ® for permission to share this information.

You may learn more about Aging Life Care ™ at aginglifecare.org.