FALLBROOK – May brought some important changes for the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers. Launching their new brand, they announced May as Aging Life Care Month. While the name may be changing, the work and impact of care managers remains steady along with the growing needs.
Millions of Americans are looking at what it means to balance their lives and work with the care of aging parents. Caregiving can be costly, financially as well as physically and emotionally.
What will it cost to care for a loved one? It’s probably the most common burning question families ask when they come in to the Innovative Healthcare Consultants office in Fallbrook. This is also one of the more difficult questions to answer, like how much does a car cost? It depends on what type of car you need and want, how much you intend to use it, where you buy it, and from whom. What we can say without researching the current going rate is that caregiving is costly to families not only financially, but emotionally, physically, and mentally.
There is no question that humans are living longer. One of the challenges of longevity is that the later stages of people’s lives are expanding to include 10-30+ years. Not only are people sustaining their lives far past retirement, but are consuming more healthcare and long-term care services and for longer periods of time.
As experts in elder care, one of the goals of Care Managers is to help aging loved ones and their families to be informed healthcare consumers and to create plans with longevity to match longer life spans. Their approach not only seeks to cut the costs of care, but to reduce the emotional, physical, and mental costs to family caregivers.
As experts in the care of aging adults and chronically ill persons, Aging Life Care Professionals™ (Professional Geriatric Care Managers) have focused on not only helping seniors have a high quality of life, but empowering them to take charge of their health and care decisions as they age. This happens in numerous ways such as:
Helping seniors set up advance directives to think about and communicate their care wishes to family and healthcare professionals
Providing eldercare family coaching to help families and aging loved ones create a plan and have candid conversations about their goals for the future
Coordinating healthcare including medication management, accompaniment to appointments, support working with doctors, adhering to special diets, and meeting health goals, etc. Also:
- Arranging appropriate services such as occupational therapy, physical therapy, in-home care, etc.
- Researching appropriate living arrangements and assistance with aging
- Educating clients and family on diseases and changing circumstances
- Advising seniors and family on options in care and difficult decisions
- Promoting healthy aging and quality of life by helping seniors engage in their community and create a social safety net
Unfortunately, many times it is a crisis such as a fall or stroke that drives attention toward planning and making healthcare and long-term care choices. When one is able to take charge of their planning and health, time is suddenly on one’s side and more options become available. It’s possible to build a long life that one can look forward to living.
Why Innovative Healthcare Consultants? Innovative’s services enrich lives.
“Our goal is to enable seniors and their families to have the highest quality of life possible, no matter what the challenges,” said CEO Colleen Van Horn. “Because we have a highly skilled team of nurses and caregivers we can change stressful situations into manageable ones. Peace of mind starts with just one phone call!” Learn more by calling (760) 731-1334 or visiting www.innovativehc.com.