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What We Do
A care manager is an aging life care professional™ who specializes in assisting older persons and their families in meeting their long-term care needs.
ALCA® Florida Chapter members have training in gerontology, social work, nursing, and/or counseling. They have extensive knowledge about the costs, quality, and availability of services in their communities. ALCA® Florida Chapter’s Online Membership Directory provides a list of names and contact information of qualified aging life care professionals in your area and throughout Florida.
Aging life care professionals help families adjust and cope with the challenges of aging by:
- Conducting care-planning assessments to identify problems, eligibility for assistance, and need for assistance
- Screening, arranging, and monitoring in-home help or other services
- Reviewing financial, legal, or medical issues and offering referrals to geriatric specialists to avoid future problems and conserve assets
- Providing crisis intervention
- Acting as a liaison to families at a distance, making sure things are going well, alerting families to problems and providing expertise for solutions
- Assisting with moving an older person to or from a retirement complex, care home, or nursing home
- Providing consumer education and advocacy
- Offering counseling and support
Benefits of Working with a Care Manager
Benefits of Care Management Services:
Care management services are offered in a variety of settings. ALCA Professionals offer peace of mind to the client, the family, and the care team. We believe the care management model utilized by ALCA® Florida Chapter members’ best serves the clients and their representatives. Practitioners can offer:
- Short-term or ongoing assistance for long-term caregivers;
- Personalized services designed specifically to meet the client's wants and needs;
- Continuity of care management to reduce miscommunications, time, stress, and costs to clients;
- Efficiency and flexibility because care management services are streamlined and client-centered, not complicated by bureaucratic red tape;
- Cost control because ALCA® Florida Chapter members strive to reduce inappropriate institutional care and overuse of services. They match the services to the client’s needs and help contain costs. Ongoing monitoring can prevent costly crises and unnecessary hospitalizations;
- Quality control because ALCA® Florida Chapter is a chapter of the Aging Life Care® Association, which has adopted standards of practice for all its members. In addition, all full members are reviewed for educational and experience requirements prior to acceptance into the Aging Life Care® Association.
Who Uses Care Management Services?
Care Management Services have been provided by ALCA® Florida Chapter members to:
- Families around the country
- Banks and trust officers
- Physicians and allied health professionals
- Social service providers
- Gerontology professionals
- Senior housing communities
Care Management Fees:
Care management fees are billed privately on a fee-for-service basis. They are not covered by Medicaid, Medicare nor by most health insurance policies. However, clients may be able to bill some services to insurance carriers, depending on the history of the individual case. ALCA® Florida Chapter members will help outline the general cost of services to insure the most advantageous way to provide cost effective services for the older person.