A past New York Times article on how care coordinators can help adult children face a challenge which often seems overwhelming, both emotionally and mentally, and is always stressful: the job of caring for an elderly parent. The Times article described the caring challenge as follows:
There are diagnoses to decipher, housing issues to consider, health aides to vet and a raft of legal documents to complete. It can seem overwhelming, even when families are in complete agreement on how to care for an elderly relative. And often they are not. But a care coordinator can buy you time and some peace of mind so you can concentrate on your job, your family and your own health.
For the families described in the article, the care coordinator performed a variety of critical services. The care coordinator initially performed an assessment by interviewing the elderly adult, speaking with family members and doctors, and assessing the living arrangement in order to provide a complete picture of the elder’s situation and challenges. The care coordinator also negotiated and persuaded the elder to stop driving and insisting that an aide move in, which the adult children had also suggested but could not persuade the elder to accept. The care manager can also be the voice of reason when a family is not eye to eye about the care needed by the aging parent. The care manager often also provides continuing oversight of the case, regularly checking in with the elderly parent, updating recommendations and insuring that the parent has everything he or she needs.
At Senior Life Care Planning we have care coordinators who specialize in taking care of your aging parents, and have done so for many years. We were a founding member of the national life care planning movement. Our elder law attorneys provide the legal and public benefits planning services needed by our elderly clients so that they and their families can finance the provision of care, while our care coordinators identify the extent of care needed and arrange for the provision of care appropriate to meet the needs of our elderly clients.