Aging Life Care Managers® engage with clients and their families to help make difficult decisions, supply possible options, and assist with end-of-life care transitions.
CEO, Aging Life Care Association®
Aging Life Care™ is a holistic, client-centered approach to caring for older adults or others facing ongoing health challenges.
Members of the Aging Life Care Association, called Aging Life Care Managers® (ALCMs), partner with clients, families, and other providers to help make the best decisions and find personalized solutions.
“We are often described by our clients and families as ‘the best kept secret’,” said Debra Feldman, MSW, LCSW, CMC, president of the Aging Life Care Association®. “We help navigate the medical, financial, legal, and social challenges that are part of the aging journey.”
ALCMs are engaged with clients for the long haul, uniquely positioning them to engage in the difficult discussions about healthcare and end-of-life expectations.
“We ensure that the needs of vulnerable seniors are met, and optimal quality of life is obtained,” Feldman said. “From determining best housing to managing chronic healthcare issues, we are here to reduce worry and stress, allowing families to focus on their remaining time together.”
While the conversations may be challenging, talking about end-of-life care wishes early can relieve stress on loved ones, said Lisa Kaufman, M.S., CMC, CTRS – an Aging Life Care Manager™ and End-of-Life Doula (EOLD). “Having worked with a client and their family for years, I understand the family dynamics and can support continuity of care during the last chapter of life.”
As both an ALCM and EOLD, Kaufman said her role is to support a “good death” for clients.
Feldman added that ALCMs can be found across the country, ready to assist at any stage in the aging process. To locate a professional near you, visit aginglifecare.org to search a directory of the Aging Life Care Association’s membership.