How We Can Help

Aging is a complex process that touches many facets.

An Aging Life Care™ Manager brings knowledge, skills and experience to help you navigate the journey, no matter the challenges you may face.

Give us a call at 650-879-9030 if you are in need of support in any one of these areas:

Health and disability

While the experience of aging is much more than changes in the body, it is generally concerns over health and disability that bring clients to our door.

We understand the health care system. Let us facilitate communication with doctors so you get the care you want and the support you deserve. We can match you to the services most suited to your needs with an eye to saving you time and money.

In addition, we understand the emotional issues that arise—with one’s sense of self and within the family—when a chronic or serious condition comes to the fore. Our experience with many, many clients who have gone through similar situations allows us to give you perspective and a context for the path ahead.

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Finances

Medicare, Medi-gap, Part D, Medicare Advantage… There’s so much to keep track of! And that’s just the insurance side of the picture.

Let our experience with these and other programs match you with the best services for your budget. We can assist with sorting out deductibles and co-pays and identify potential duplications in services.

Beyond insurance, are you concerned about a loved one’s ability to manage their money? We can help with that too. From special debit cards and bank accounts, to financial planners and professional bill payers, we can make referrals and propose solutions that maximize dignity and independence while protecting assets.

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Housing

Most older adults prefer to “age in place,” meaning stay in their homes. Who wouldn’t? But family can’t always provide the assistance that is needed. And outside help costs money.

Let us assess the situation and propose a variety of options based on safety, finances and personal preferences. We know the area resources and can make recommendations tailored to your care needs and family situation.

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Families

It can be very stressful for families when an older relative needs help. Old rivalries surface and tensions can run high.

Perhaps one family member is taking on most of the work, and feels resentful that others aren’t helping. Long distance siblings may feel frustrated, judged or pushed aside.

And then there’s the older adult who may feel disrespected and angry about lack of control or the family’s interference in his or her personal affairs.

Sound familiar? If your family is in conflict, you are by no means alone! We deal with these sensitive issues all the time.

Let us help your family find common ground and arrange support so that all concerns are acknowledged and needs are respected.

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Local resources

Who has the nicest caregivers? Which doctors listen best? What hospital has the highest rating?

One key advantage of working with an Aging Life Care Manager is our intimate knowledge of local service providers, their personalities and their eligibility requirements.

We get to know our clients deeply and take great pride in our ability to match them to the best resources for their money. A good fit, positive exchanges and smooth transitions make for a better quality of life for everyone.

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Advocacy

Sometimes you just need someone in your corner to be sure that your voice is heard. Whether it’s talking to the doctor, or negotiating with insurance or a care facility, our professionalism and knowledge of the industry allows us to go to bat for you.

Part of our service includes helping you clarify your wants and desires, your values and priorities. Then we work to be sure that those hired to provide your care do what they can so you get to live according to your wishes.

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Legal

We are not attorneys. But we can help you with simple documents, such as an advance directive. And we can refer you to attorneys and other professionals to help with more complicated needs such as estate planning, facility contracts, or arranging for guardianship.

Perhaps you have a situation where you need legal testimony about a person’s mental competence, or optimal placement given their health and limitations. We can do assessments and make recommendations, providing expert testimony or written reports for the court.

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Crisis intervention and prevention

No one wants to end up in the emergency room. But sometimes the unexpected happens and decisions need to be made quickly.

Perhaps there’s been a fall and now a skilled nursing facility is required. We can assist with finding the best fit and arranging for a smooth transfer.

Maybe the person you care for has a chronic condition that results in frequent dashes to the ER. Let us get you the right support so the disease can be managed pro-actively and problems can be caught before they become an emergency.

Live far away? Need someone to be your 24/7 emergency contact? We can do that!

Or maybe you’d just like to take a vacation and you need someone to be available in case something happens while you are gone.

Give us a call at 650-879-9030. We’d be glad to help.

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