The National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers (NAPGCM), now the Aging Life Care Association, qualifies an Aging Life Care Professional™ as such:
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. Aging Life Care Professional™ is educated and experienced in any of several fields related to aging life care / care management, including, but not limited to nursing, gerontology, social work, or psychology, with a specialized focus on issues related to aging and elder care.
The Aging Life Care Professional™ assists clients in attaining their maximum functional potential. The individual’s independence is encouraged, while safety and security concerns are also addressed. Aging Life Care Professionals™ are able to address a broad range of issues related to the well-being of their client. They also have extensive knowledge about the costs, quality, and availability of resources in their communities.
the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers (NAPGCM), now the Aging Life Care Association, qualifies an Aging Life Care Professional™ as such:
Atlas Aging Life Care Management provides all aspects of care management services for the elderly, their families and any related caregivers. The owner, and some of its care managers, are members of The Aging Life Care Association. Atlas Aging Life Care Management is owned and operated by Doris Haas, a Registered Nurse, Certified Case Manager, and Care Manager Certified. She is also a Dementia Care Specialist and a Florida Supreme Court Certified County Mediator. Doris is a past Unit Leader of the Florida Geriatric Care Managers Association, Membership Chair, and a member of the Board. She maintains her membership in the Aging Life Care Association and the Alzheimer's Foundation of America. Atlas Aging Life Care Management provides personalized assistance to family caregivers living nearby, or at a distance from their loved ones. We can assist with any number of specific tasks or oversee the entire range of care for family members. We provide assessment and care for elders living in Broward County and Palm Beach County in Florida, including the towns of West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach, Hollywood, Coral Springs and their surrounding areas. We also have offices serving Volusia, Flagler, Duval, and St. John's Counties as well, which cover Daytona, Palm Coast, St. Augustine, and Jacksonville.
You can learn more about us by viewing our "About Us" page, and explore "Our Services" to see the many ways that our Aging Life Care Managers can help you and your family. Please don't hesitate to contact us with any specific questions that you may have. Our licensed, professional staff include those specifically trained as Dementia Care Specialists for those families dealing with the difficult diagnosis of dementia.
It is difficult to watch as our parents age. The mother and father or aunt and uncle (or even grandparents) who always cared for us throughout our lives, now are the ones that need to be cared for. With the disappearance of extended families, our society now consists of relatives that often live apart and aging adults who may be afraid that their disabilities could require that they will no longer be able to live in their own homes or near their friends and social acquaintances. When our elders need help, we find ourselves struggling to look out for them, while our time is spent divided between our careers and our own children. Sometimes we cannot be everywhere at the same time. And so, many older people live alone now, with no family nearby. They depend on neighbors to help them out, and rely on familiar routines to give them comfort, a sense of safety and get them through the day. Frequently they are isolated, having a hard time managing their daily tasks — laundry, grocery shopping, visiting doctors offices, and remembering to take their medications. They are too proud to admit their weaknesses, as they fear the loss of independence that is occurring.
There are ways that Care Managers can help. Geriatrics is our specialty. We are familiar with the many challenges that elders face and can help your loved ones to find solutions to maintain their independence and the highest quality of life. We know what "aging successfully" is and what aspects of life contribute to the happiness and satisfaction that can be achieved, even within the limitations imposed on older adults because of their physical and mental conditions.
Most of older adults want to live in their homes (a recent end-of-life study established that 86% of Americans believe that most people with terminal illness would like to receive end-of-life care in their own home). Yet nearly 70% of deaths in the United States today occur in facilities — primarily in hospitals and long-term care facilities. In facilities they become one of many, and lose the ability to decide when they eat and when they sleep, small decisions that effect their dignity and independence. Aging Life Care professionals can find ways to keep older adults living in their own homes, assisting them along the way to manage their daily lives. We see that all of their needs are met: psychological, medical, physical, housing, financial, legal, social, and religious. Our plan of care is holistic, looking at the entire person as a whole.
With Atlas Aging Life Care Management, families can rest assured that their loved one has someone to look after them, someone nearby to be there in case of emergency. Aging Life Care Managers become more than a professional making an assessment. We become a shoulder to lean on, a counselor, and a friend.
The National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers is a volunteer nonprofit association with over 2000 members. It was formed in 1985, the first organization "to represent the pioneers in a growing and developing field." As the practice of case management changed, the profession and the association changed as well. Communication online between members, and state and national conferences provide tools for care managers to "improve their businesses and stay abreast of the latest trends in their profession." In August 2006, the voters approved a new requirement that all members hold one of four approved certifications. The approved certifications include Care Manager Certified (CMC), Certified Case Manager (CCM), Certified Advanced Social Worker in Case Management (C-ASWCM), and Certified Social Work Case Manager (C-SWCM). Effective January 1, 2008, all new members for Care Manager membership must be certified. As a result, the profession and its practitioners are elevated and consumers can have confidence in the services that the members provide. Members must adhere to the Pledge of Ethics and the Standards of Practice as set forth by the association.
In May 2015 the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers (NAPGCM) changed its name to Aging Life Care Association™ (ALCA). The profession of “Geriatric Care Management,” as defined by this organization, was changed to the Aging Life Care™ profession and its practitioners “Aging Life Care Professionals™.
The Alzheimer's Foundation of America's mission is to provide optimal care and services to individuals confronting dementia, and to their caregivers and families—through member organizations dedicated to improving quality of life. AFA members organizations include: Grassroots nonprofit organizations, Adult day programs, Long-term care communities, Healthcare facilities, Government agencies, and Public safety departments.
AGING LIFE CARE™ is a trademark of the Aging Life Care Association. Only ALCA Members are authorized to use this term to identify their services. AGING LIFE CARE PROFESSIONAL™ is a trademark of the Aging Life Care Association. It is an indication of membership in ALCA, and only ALCA Members are authorized to use this term.