How Aging Life Care Professionals Offer Emergency Response During This Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented time in our lives and society. This experience is amplified among aging life care professionals because we serve a population that is particularly vulnerable to this disease. We are launching a new series to answer your most frequently asked questions related to care management for your aging or disabled loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our goal is to offer helpful information for both our clients and the community.
What we are doing NOW:
At LifeCare Advocates, during this time we are engaged in several helpful activities for our clients:
- We are actively monitoring developments at the national, state and local levels
- We are following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 guidelines
- We are practicing social/physical distancing for the protection of our clients and staff
- We are collaborating with care providers to coordinate care for our clients
What you can expect during this period of social/physical distancing:
As senior care communities and facilities restrict visitors to protect their residents and patients, we have intensified our work to connect with our clients creatively, virtually, and in meaningful ways. Our work includes proven ideas and suggestions on a variety of topics, including:
- Alternate forms of engagement, enrichment and socialization for clients, caregivers and families
- Help for clients and their families to navigate care concerns and crises
- Emotional support as a steady partner and guide during this time of uncertainty
As care managers, we are always tasked with helping our clients and families plan for expected changes and for unexpected emergencies. We continue to assist throughout this crisis and are learning additional best practices from our experiences during this unprecedented event. We also continue to employ the strategies, interventions, resources and care we know is needed amid any difficult time.
We also benefit from support and information from our national professional organization, the Aging Life Care Association (ALCA). ALCA has been supporting members as well as elders and their families nationwide during the COVID-19 outbreak with resources and support. Their website features a COVID-19 Resources Section for further information.
A recent press release from ALCA further highlights the value of care management in emergency preparedness and response.
LifeCare Advocates is committed to offer continuing guidance to families in need of support as they navigate elder care issues and health care systems during this time. We provide care management and support to clients and their families throughout the greater Boston area within Route 495.