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What We Do
An Aging Life Care Manager® 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 throughout Florida.
Aging Life Care Managers help families adjust and cope with the challenges of aging by:
- Conducting care-planning assessments to identify problems, eligibility for assistance, and need for services;
- 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; and/or
- Offering counseling and support;
Benefits of Working with a Care Manager
Benefits of Aging Life Care Management services include, but are not limited to:
- Peace of mind for the client, their family, and their care team
- Personalized services and/or referrals developed specifically to meet the client's wants and needs
- Short-term or ongoing assistance for long-term caregivers
- Expert review and oversight of care leading to reduced stress, costs, and miscommunications
- Efficient and flexible support as Aging Life Care Management services are streamlined, client-centered, and can be provided in a variety of settings
- Financial savings because Aging Life Care Managers 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 by an Aging Life Care Manager can prevent costly crises and hospitalizations
- Getting trustworthy recommendations and referrals as members of the Aging Life Care Association must agree to the highest code of ethics and standards of practice. They also must meet minimum education and experience requirements to join the Association.
Who Uses Care Management Services?
Aging Life Care Management services have been provided by ALCA Florida Chapter members to:
- Families around the country
- Solo Agers (those over age 50 who live alone, are not married or partnered in a long-term relationship, and have no living children (AARP))
- Banks and trust officers
- Physicians and allied health professionals
- Social service providers
- Gerontology professionals
- Senior housing communities
Aging Life 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 client’s history.