May is Aging Life Care Month ALCA Logo Aging Life Care Association

As part of celebrating the month of May as Aging Life Care Month, we would like to help educate our visitors on what it is that Aging Life Care Professionals, also known as Geriatric Care Managers, do to help aging persons and their involved family members to plan for care and solve aging challenges.

I bring a unique mix of background and skills to the work that I do in the community with aging clients and their families. As a Licensed Occupational Therapist and a Certified Geriatric Care Manager, I bring two disciplines to the work that I do with community members as I help clients navigate complex care challenges.

Often, when people first hear the term “Occupational” they think of the definition relating to the workplace; however, an Occupational Therapist operates under the definition which relates to the larger scope of the “way of life.” It is a type of healthcare profession that helps people with limitations or disabilities caused by physical, mental, or developmental conditions to engage in daily living activities. An occupational therapist helps patients understand their limitations, set achievable goals, and develop strategies and activities to meet their individual needs. These goals range widely and vary from person to person.

As a Geriatric Care Manager, also referred to as an Aging Life Care Manager, I am a certified professional consultant who understands the needs of older adults. I work with families and their aging loved ones to develop and manage a comprehensive care plan that addresses the physical, emotional, financial, and social needs they have as they age. I work as a partner with families to implement the care plan and ensure that the appropriate care is being provided. I watch for changes in care needs as I walk the path with the client and communicate with the families so that current needs are always being met.

Coupling these two specialties brings a powerful option to your family. It means that I am looking at every set of needs from a holistic viewpoint of enriching quality of life and focusing on the independence, mobility, and support systems that helps the aging person maintain their standard of living as they are able. The goal is to focus on aging in place as much as possible but also understanding when additional support is needed or even a move to assisted living. These decisions are difficult to make, and, in some cases, families even disagree. Having a neutral consultant whose primary focus is on the wellbeing of the aging person means that options and recommendations are professional and necessary.

As someone who works with a diverse range of clients, I know that aging can be a challenging time for many individuals and their families. Whether you are a solo ager without the support of family, a spouse of an aging person, or an adult child concerned about your loved one’s well-being, don’t hesitate to reach out for help.

Many families come to me during a crisis or unexpected hospitalization, which can be incredibly stressful and overwhelming. That’s why it’s always best to reach out before a crisis occurs. By understanding when to seek help and what services I offer, you’ll be better prepared for when you do need me. Let me assist you in navigating this complex and emotional journey. I can be reached at (920) 740-8441 or