The Benefits of Hiring an Aging Life Care Professional

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An Aging Life Care Professional, sometimes referred to as a geriatric care manager, is someone who is trained and certified to provide guidance on a number of aspects of senior care.  He or she typically has a degree or certification in a field related to the care of the elderly, as well as experience working in positions to support them and their families.  Aging Life Care Professionals can provide options regarding medical, housing, and financial needs that the average person might not be aware of.  They also have experience coordinating between these different aspects of life to ensure the aging parent is cared for as effectively and efficiently as possible.

Dealing with the needs of elderly parents can be challenging.  In addition to being stressful and often emotionally difficult, tending to the various facets of their lives like finances, housing, and insurance can be complicated and frustrating.  Also, an adult child’s day-to-day life does not stop simply because a parent needs care.  Children, spouses, and jobs all continue to need attention, so the extra responsibility can easily become overwhelming.  To navigate this new and likely unfamiliar territory successfully, it can be very helpful to hire an Aging Life Care Professional.

Most of the time, taking over decision-making and being responsible for the care of a parent is not something an adult child has had to do before.   It can happen quickly, precipitated by a health emergency or other critical incident, which makes it obvious the parent can no longer manage on his or her own.  When this happens, the adult child may not know how to find the right resources to help the parent.  He or she might make quick decisions that are not in the parent’s best interests due to stress, fear, or just a lack of information.  The experience of an Aging Life Care Professional can make the transition much smoother and lead to a better outcome.

Taking on the role of caregiver to a parent is typically an emotional time for adult children.  The switch from being the child who was cared for by the parent to a reversed role can be sad and frustrating.  Coordinating care among multiple siblings can make this even more challenging, especially if the family dynamics are not positive.  Sometimes the parents are resistant to giving up control, even though it’s no longer possible for them to care for themselves.  In situations like these, tension and hostility can make it hard to make the right decisions for the parent.  In these cases, an Aging Life Care Professional can serve as an impartial third party to provide unbiased advice on the right course to choose.

Another challenge that adult children often face is geographical restriction.  While many tasks can be handled via phone or e-mail, some must be handled in person. However, elderly parents may not live close enough that their children can always be physically present to attend doctor’s visits or meetings with care facilities.  An Aging Life Care Professional can be a vital ally in cases like these, standing in for the adult children and advocating for the parent when needed.  

The prospect of coordinating care for an aging parent can be stressful, scary, and overwhelming.  For many adult children, handling every aspect of this change alone is not feasible. Hiring an Aging Life Care Professional to serve as a guide and advocate can lead to better results for everyone in the family.

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Aiding Aging Parents

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Aiding Aging Parents

4 tips to help overcome new challenges

(Family Features) It’s not easy getting old, as the saying goes, and it can be even harder to watch your parents age. Helping parents transition into the later years of their lives can be a delicate matter, but there are ways to help them ease into an elderly stage and cope better with challenges.

Carol Lavin Bernick, former executive chairman of Alberto Culver, navigated this type of life transition with her parents. In her book, “Gather As You Go: Lessons Learned Along the Way,”Bernick offers tips to give and get joy while preserving your parents’ dignity in addition to wisdoms on business and leadership, philanthropy, dealing with tough times and being a working mom.

For example, consider these tips and ways to aid aging parents:

Provide Entertainment

Music can be a helpful gift – try loading a music player with a playlist of your parents’ favorite songs. Old movies can also spark conversation. Host a luncheon for some of their best friends and make their favorite treats. They may be housebound, but there are still ways for them to interact.

Adjust to Physical Changes

Reading materials could require larger-than-normal print, and a magnifying clip-on screen for a computer can be helpful as well. Serving foods that are easier to cut can make eating a simpler process. Keep an eye on weight and nutrition and try to find someone who will make a house call for haircuts.

Relive Memories

Encourage older relatives to write (or dictate) their thoughts on financial tips, military service, business success, valued life lessons and, of course, the stories of how they met their spouses. Make a family tree together and try creating a photobook with old and new pictures. Share news about family members’ relationships and accomplishments, which might bring back personal memories.

Consider the Little Things

Surprise your parents with a few new pieces of clothing for a thoughtful gift. Laminate a list of their medications and their doctors to keep with you in case of emergency and provide a copy to your parents and any other caregivers. Create a contact list on your parents’ mobile phone to help them easily reach family and friends without needing to search. If there are young children in the family, try bringing them by for a visit – their energy and smiles may help brighten the room.

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