What We Do at LifeLinks
WHAT IS AGING LIFE CARE MANAGEMENT?
Aging Life Care, also known as geriatric care, is a client-centered approach to caring for older adults or others facing ongoing health challenges. We work with families by providing our expertise on a number of topics and concerns, providing answers at a time of uncertainty. Our 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
EXPERTS IN THE AREAS OF AGING
The expertise of LifeLinks Aging Life Care Specialists can be summarized into 8 knowledge areas.
Health and Disability. From physical problems to mental health and dementia-related problems, Aging Life Care Specialists at LifeLinks interact with the health care system effectively and frequently. Our staff attends doctor appointments and facilitates communication between doctor, client, and family.We help families determine types of services – including home health and hospice – that are right for a client and assist in engaging and monitoring those services.
Financial. Services may include reviewing or overseeing bill paying or consulting with a client’s accountant or Power of Attorney. Our team provides information on Federal and state entitlements, connecting families to local programs when appropriate. We also help clients and families with insurance concerns, claims, and applications.
Housing. LifeLinks helps families and clients evaluate and select appropriate level of housing or residential options.
Families. It is our job at LifeLinks to help families adjust, cope and problem-solve around long-distance and in-home caregiving, addressing care concerns, internal conflicts and differences of opinion about long-term care planning.
Local Resources. We know the local resources in their communities like the back of their hands and know how services are accessed.
Advocacy. LifeLinks Aging Life Care Specialists are strong and effective advocates for clients and their families, promoting the client’s wishes with health care and other providers, ensuring that client’s needs are being adequately addressed.
Legal. We can refer to legal experts, like elder law attorneys, estate planners, and Powers of Attorney. Sometimes LifeLinks is needed to provide an expert opinion for courts in determining level of care and establishing client needs.
Crisis Intervention. LifeLinks offers crisis intervention when it is needed, helping clients navigate through emergency departments and hospitalizations, rehabilitation stays, and ensuring that adequate care is available to the client. For families that live at a distance, this can be a much-needed 24/7 emergency contact.
Local, cost-effective resources are identified and engaged as needed.
A care plan tailored for each individual’s circumstances is prepared after a comprehensive assessment. The plan may be modified, in consultation with client and family, as circumstances change.
What We've Achieved
- Over a decade of highly personalized professional aging life care services
- Acted as guides for hundreds of families looking for answers
- Assembled a team of talented and passionate registered nurses, psychologists, physical therapists, hospital administrators, and social workers