May is an exciting month for the Aging Life Care Association. This month we recognize those who lend their minds and hearts to the ever-growing field of caring for the aging. As we welcome the immense generation of baby boomers into senior citizen status, we celebrate those who dedicate their careers to supporting the needs of the aging.
Aging Life Care®, also known as geriatric care management, is a holistic, client-centered approach to caring for older adults or others facing ongoing health challenges. Aging Life Care Professionals® (also known as geriatric care managers) have varied educational and professional backgrounds with a specialized focus on issues associated with aging and disabilities. Working with families, the expertise of Aging Life Care Professionals provides the answers at a time of uncertainty. Through consultation, assessment, care coordination and advocacy, an Aging Life Care Professional works with clients and families to address these challenges.
Aging Life Care Professionals® are experts in the field of aging and disability. They help seniors and their families navigate the challenges of the healthcare system and aging in general. They are strategic planners and have a holistic approach to aging with key knowledge areas that include crisis intervention, housing, health and disability, advocacy, family legal, financial, and local resources.
The expertise of an Aging Life Care Professional® provides answers at a time of uncertainty. Their guidance leads families to the actions and decisions that ensure quality care and an optimal life for those they love, thus reducing worry, stress and time off of work for family caregivers through:
- Assessment and monitoring
- Planning and problem solving
- Education and advocacy
- Family caregiver coaching
The Aging Life Care Association (ALCA) is an engaging, supportive network of individuals upholding the highest ethical, educational and professional standards. Members are from diverse backgrounds including social work, occupational therapy, nursing, human services, and case management. These professionals elect to invest in this association for its substantial educational and social support. VISIT THEM HERE:
Melissa Swiontek is the owner of Passionate Healthcare Advocacy & Wellness in Portland, Oregon- www.passionatehcw.com. She is an Occupational Therapist, Senior Home Safety Specialist™ and Aging Life Care Manager®. Melissa is passionate about helping seniors age in place, prevent falls, and live their best life. As a care manager for seniors, she focuses on helping adult children and spouses identify the optimal care needs for their loved ones. She specializes in caregiver training, medical equipment and problem solving to help seniors stay independent, safe, and follow their aging goals.
Cheers to National Aging Life Care Month! Thank you to all of my peers out there in this heartwarming field.