TUCSON, Ariz., Jan. 22, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Since the COVID-19 outbreak started in the United States last year, Aging Life Care Professionals® have been caring for older adults by continuing coordination of care, helping alleviate social isolation and navigate health options surrounding the COVID-19 virus and now, vaccine.
Two vaccines are currently being distributed across the country and mass vaccination efforts are being coordinated at the state and local levels.
With frustrations high in many areas, Aging Life Care Professionals are stepping in to help clients and other older adults get vaccinated by locating vaccination availability, securing appointments, and ensuring the continuation of care of their client with follow-up health monitoring and receipt of the second dose.
"As a nurse and Aging Life Care Manager, the assistance we provide older adults seeking help navigating their health care -- especially with the COVID-19 vaccine rollout -- can make all the difference in their, and their family's lives," stated Connie McKenzie, RN, CMC and 2021 Aging Life Care Association® president.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 13.6 million people have already received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, and that about two million people had been fully vaccinated.
The number of people vaccinated is lower than the number of doses available, and there is much confusion on the distribution schedule, which is another example of how an Aging Life Care Professional can be essential in helping older adults find a vaccine and get it.
With multiple variants of the novel coronavirus-19 rapidly spreading across the globe as the nation works to vaccinate its public, families can reach out to an Aging Life Care Professional to help navigate this pandemic, the variants, the solutions in a vaccine, and provide ongoing support. To find an Aging Life Care Professional in your area, visit aginglifecare.org.
About the Aging Life Care Association®
Aging Life Care Association® was formed in 1985 to advance dignified, coordinated care for older adults in the United States. Founded by and handful of women entrepreneurs in the social work and nursing fields, the Association has grown to over 2000 members nationwide, who have cared for about two million older adults over its 35-year history. Members have extensive training and experience working with older adults, people with disabilities, and families who need assistance with caregiving issues. Members must meet stringent education, experience, and certification requirements. Members may be trained in any of number of fields related to long-term care, including nursing, social work, and other allied health professions with a specialized focus on issues related to aging. All members, including Corporate Partners, are required to adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. For more information or to access a nationwide directory of Aging Life Care Professionals, please visit http://www.aginglifecare.org.
Courtney Pulitzer, Aging Life Care Association, 520-425-7170, [email protected]
SOURCE Aging Life Care Association