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 relatives or disabled adults. The Aging Life Care Professional™ is educated and experienced in any of several fields related to aging, including, but not limited to nursing, gerontology, social work, or psychology, etc.
The Aging Life Care™ Professional assists clients in attaining their maximum potential. The individual’s independence is encouraged, while safety and security concerns are addressed. Aging Life Care™ Professionals concentrate on a broad range of issues including extensive knowledge about the costs, quality, and availability of local resources.
How do you know that you need an Aging Life Care™ Professional?
When caregiving for an aging family member becomes overwhelming, 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.
- 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 environment.
- Your family is either “burned out” or confused about care solutions.
- Your family has a 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 situation.
- Your family needs education and/or direction in dealing with behaviors associated with dementia.
Occupational Therapist, Aging Life Care Manager, Aging in Place Specialist
Terri Lemere, M.S., OTR/L, CAPS and Aging Life Care Manager has been a practicing Occupational Therapist (OT) for 26 years.