Comprehensive Functional Assessment
To understand how your loved one is managing and to enhance his or her ability to age well, we conduct a comprehensive functional assessment to evaluate the activities of daily living (bathing, dressing, toileting, transfers, self-feeding) and instrumental activities (meal preparation, financial management, grocery shopping, medication management, household management, laundry, transportation).
We prefer to conduct our assessment with you, your elder loved one and caregivers, to address any discrepancies in reporting. Our assessments also review mental health status, health status, social supports, religious affiliations, family supports and involvement and home safety. With the consent of your loved one or responsible party, we might also consult with other family members, professional caregivers, physicians and other involved persons to complete the picture.
Care Plan Development, Coordination and Supervision
The comprehensive functional assessment provides the basis for our development of a plan of aging life care options and solutions that is acceptable to all parties. We present our assessment and recommendations in a written report, and our findings are tailored to your loved one’s individual situation. We can identify appropriate resources and make all the necessary referrals, which can be time-saving and economical for stressed caregivers.
Once your elder’s care plan is approved, we can implement and coordinate all aspects of the plan or partner with you, your elder and your family to arrange for services. Because we are independent, we work with many different providers and recommend the ones that we feel are best suited for your particular situation.
In many cases, we remain involved on an on-going basis to ensure that the situation is stable and to respond quickly in case of changes. We can be of particular help if there is no family or other support system available in the local area. We are committed to on-going and timely communication with family members and service providers to ensure comprehensive and appropriate services. If you do not want on-going work, we remain available to re-enter a situation as needs change.
Intake and Referral
Our initial brief phone consultations are complimentary. As we discuss your situation, we may be able to offer information and referral to other services and care options. We are familiar with a broad range of services in Central Massachusetts. Through our membership and participation in the Aging Life Care Association®, (formerly the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers) and its New England chapter, we can refer you to colleagues throughout the U.S. and Canada, as appropriate.
We assist you in reviewing your or your loved one’s financial situation and how best to finance various elder care options. Working with you and your family, elder law attorneys and/or financial advisers, we can help to prepare and submit benefit applications, including assisted living subsidies, and MassHealth (community and long term care applications). We are also skilled at assisting in the long term care insurance claims process and have worked with families for years to ensure that all benefits are appropriately paid.
Please note that we do not offer legal, accounting or financial planning advice. We work with your current adviser or refer to appropriate professionals as needed.
JHC LifeCare presents programs on caregiving and planning throughout the year for various organizations. Our team members present to practitioners and laypersons on issues regarding Aging Life Care Management, planning, caregiving, end-of-life care, and other relevant topics. We also provide clinical supervision to professionals seeking social work licensure and are often sought as mentors by other Aging Life Care Professionals®. Debbie has taught test preparation sessions on Entitlements, Benefits and Legal Issues for the National Academy of Certified Care Managers.
Among our recent presentations:
- ABC’s of Elder Care – What’s Out There to Help You Stay at Home?
- Advanced Planning for Your Business – What to Do If There’s an Emergency?
- Appealing a Discharge Plan or Denial of Insurance Coverage
- Basic Benefits – Overview of Subsidized Services for Frail Elders in the Community and How to Access
- Building Collaborative Care Teams
- Caring for Elders – The Role of the Jewish Community
- Choosing a Nursing Home
- Conversations that Matter – Planning for End of Life Care
- Family Care Contracts
- Making Difficult Decisions as Caregivers – One Family’s Journey in Caregiving
- Medicare & Medicaid – What You Should Know
- Making Medical Decisions for Others
- Siblings Caring for Parents
- Stresses of Caregiving
- Supporting Families Facing Alzheimer’s
- V.A. & Social Security – What You Should Know
- What is an Aging Life Care Professional®?