Professional care managers or Independent Care Solutions help to bridge that gap between retirement planning and long term planning. Long Term Planning became a part of our vocabulary in the 80s and 90s when we realized that modern medicine had made it possible for us to live much longer lives. Longer than we had saved in our original retirement fund plans. Longer but not always healthier physically or mentally. Alive, yes, but with fewer abilities and an increased risk of requiring assistance in some form, little to total and no way to pay for it or decide where best to obtain it.
Based on the information gathered during assessment a Plan of Care will be established which may be carried out by family or Independent Care Solutions . We can be as involved as family requests or requires. This plan will include individualized recommendations for maximizing our clients; dignity, independence and quality of life.
The Plan may include such things as:
- Visiting with an Elder Law specialist attorney to finalize or reinforce clients’ rights regarding many different aspects of their lives: their healthcare choices, financial choices, environmental choices. Some families feel strongly enough about ensuring that help is always available and include paragraphs in their Living Wills requesting family to utilize professional care management as part of their health care. Independent Care Solutions staff are familiar with the best local members of the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA- naela.org).
- Consulting a financial advisor to assist with long term planning – along with the Elder Law Attorney and the Professional Care Manager, decisions can be made that are far more realistic and along the wishes of the client.
- Hiring companions or skilled nursing care in the home to meet increasing physical needs. The ICS care manager can ensure that agencies hired are performing adequately and professionally.
- Visiting local housing options and planning for a permanent move to a safer environment if living at home becomes no longer feasible.