Aging Life Care Managers®—also called geriatric care managers—help their clients and their families navigate many facets of aging. That includes Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Since June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, it’s a great time to explain how our services can help.
Being diagnosed with any form of dementia can be overwhelming. Sometimes the diagnosis is not a surprise—the individual or their family members may already have noticed changes in cognition or behavior. Nevertheless, huge questions present themselves. How will this affect my day-to-day life? Can I continue to live at home? What kind of help or care will I need? How will I pay for my care?
Our founder, Eliso Papaladze, is a Certified Dementia Practitioner. As an expert in the field of aging and related healthcare and services, Eliso helps guide clients and their families through these questions, find solutions when needed, and help plan for the future. Some of our services include:
- Assessing needs. What are the client’s current abilities and needs? What kind of care (such as in-home aides) might be of help? Is the home safe for the person living with dementia? If not, what changes can be made?
- Coordinating care and services. If regular in-home assistance or care is needed, we can help the client and/or their family research what’s available and find the right match. We can also transport the person living with dementia to places such as doctor’s offices or the pharmacy.
- Checking in and monitoring needs. We ensure the client continues to be safe in their home and is receiving needed care or assistance. When needs change, such as a move to a memory care residence, we can coordinate the move and ensure a smooth transition. We’re happy to continue serving and advocating for the client in their new home.
- Assisting with money management. We’ll ensure bills are correct and are paid, insurance claims are submitted, and the client is receiving any entitlements due them.
Think of Eliso as a personal guide and coach through this challenging time. As the Alzheimer’s Association notes, geriatric care management “is especially helpful for long-distance caregivers, but is helpful for anyone needing some extra guidance and help in caring for someone with dementia. If your loved one requires special services or changes occur in their health or life, then geriatric care management may be helpful for you.”
Yes, the dementia diagnosis is life-altering. We are here to help people living with dementia and their loved ones manage the impact. Our expertise and guidance give the client and their loved ones a great deal of relief—so they can focus on living as fully as possible and enjoying their time together.