What is a Care Manager?
A care manager is an aging life care professional™ who specializes in assisting older persons and their families in meeting their long-term care needs.
ALCA™ Florida Chapter members have training in gerontology, social work, nursing, and/or counseling. They have extensive knowledge about the costs, quality, and availability of services in their communities. ALCA™ Florida Chapter’s Online Membership Directory provides a list of names and contact information of qualified aging life care professionals in your area and throughout Florida.
Aging life care professionals help families adjust and cope with the challenges of aging by:
- Conducting care-planning assessments to identify problems, eligibility for assistance, and need for assistance;
- Screening, arranging, and monitoring in-home help or other services;
- Reviewing financial, legal, or medical issues and offering referrals to geriatric specialists to avoid future problems and conserve assets;
- Providing crisis intervention;
- Acting as a liaison to families at a distance, making sure things are going well and alerting families to problems;
- Assisting with moving an older person to or from a retirement complex, care home, or nursing home;
- Providing consumer education and advocacy;
- Offering counseling and support.