Aging Life Care Professionals Help Long-Distance Caregivers Ease the Burden of Natural Disaster Planning

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When a natural disaster strikes, it can be incredibly stressful for long-distance caregivers to manage their loved one’s care. With the effects of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma still echoing, and with Hurricane Jose on the horizon, it’s important to plan ahead; care managers can help ease the large burden of disaster preparedness.

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Families are so relieved to have a local support system. Someone who really knows what services are available and knows how to navigate the system. Having a local Aging Life Care Manager™ often allows family members to sleep at night.

No matter how much planning one does before a natural disaster—be it a hurricane, tornado, earthquake, or flood—its arrival can often feel like a complete surprise. If the plan you are trying to put in place also involves a loved one living far away, the stress can be overwhelming. Long-distance caregivers can find support through Aging Life Care Professionals®, who are instrumental in creating emergency preparedness plans that keep older adults and others with chronic issues safe during a chaotic time.

In a 2016 survey, 76% of the 382 participants revealed one of the top reasons why long-distance caregivers seek help from Aging Life Care Professionals, also known as geriatric care managers, is due to a crisis or emergency. From keeping record of a client’s medical information to serving as the local emergency contact, an Aging Life Care Professional can help make sure that their clients are in the best possible position for when immediate action is required. These care managers can help organize an evacuation plan, compile a network of emergency resources and support, and provide long-distance caregivers with information and communication that can ease the fear and stress of disaster situations.

As an ALCA member states, “families are so relieved to have a local support system. Someone who really knows what services are available and knows how to navigate the system. Having a local Aging Life Care Manager™ often allows family members to sleep at night.” With the recent hurricanes as a reminder, now is the time for long-distance caregivers to reach out to a local Aging Life Care Professional.

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ABOUT the Aging Life Care Association (ALCA): ALCA (formerly known as the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers) was formed in 1985 to advance dignified care for older adults and their families in the United States. Aging Life Care Professionals® have extensive training and experience working with older adults, people with disabilities, and families who need assistance with caregiving issues. They assist families in the search for a suitable nursing home placement or extended care if the need occurs. The practice of Aging Life Care™ and the role of care providers have captured a national spotlight, as generations of Baby Boomers age in the United States and abroad. For more information or to access a nationwide directory of Aging Life Care Professionals, please visit aginglifecare.org.

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