From the book by Trisha Torrey
We have all heard this before, you don’t know what you don’t know. That is especially true when it comes to health care for you or your loved one. Where do you usually search for answers? Do you have that friend that is a nurse or doctor you call for questions? How long does it take to find the right person, to get an appointment, then get the tests before you even have a clue what the possible treatment options are? This is especially difficult in today’s COVID environment when people don’t want to go to the doctor or to the hospital.
“So your best bet, maybe your only chance to get the best outcome for your own situation, is to find a patient advocate who keeps up with processes, the changes in policies, the shifts in the system, the navigational knowledge, knows the resources to find the most current information, and is willing to do so for one individual – you.”
No matter what title you use, having a Professional Advocate, an Aging Life Care Professional, a Care Manager by your side means peace of mind for you and your loved one. These caring professionals help with understanding and education of a medical condition or a new diagnosis. They can coordinate and oversee all aspects of care. They can be essential during a crisis. They can help save you money.
What is an Aging Life Care Professional?
An Aging Life Care Professional is a health and human services specialist who acts as a guide and advocate for families who are caring for older relatives or disabled adults. The Aging Life Care Professional is educated and experienced in any of several fields related to Aging Life Care management, including, but not limited to counseling, gerontology, mental health, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, psychology, or social work; with a specialized focus on issues related to aging and elder care.
Aging Life Care Professionals become the “coach” and families or clients the “team captain.” Search for an Aging Life Care Professional near you.
At Diversified Nurse Consultants, we are those experienced professionals that are Nurses, Advocates, Care Managers, and we are here for you.