Elder Services of Florida, Inc., was founded to assist older adults and their families by becoming a center of information and resources about short-term and long-term care options. Aging is an unavoidable process, which manifests itself differently in different individuals. We are a licensed registry with the State of Florida through its Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA). AHCA is the chief health policy and planning entity for the entire state.
Life Care Managers and Associate Life Care Managers are individuals who share a passion for making a difference in the lives of older adults. Some of us have worked as companions or drivers, nurses, social workers, trust administrators, certified nursing assistants and licensed therapists. We screen our independent contractors who provide home services and insure that they meet the standards set forth by AHCA. References, certifications, experience are all required. Elder Services seeks out individuals who standout not only as a caregiver, but as one who is willing and able to enhance our clients’ quality of life.
Many of us are licensed and trained part-time or full-time care managers/caregivers in specialty fields in various aspects and/or stages of the aging process. With the vast number of people experiencing memory issues presented as Alzheimer's Disease or Dementia, all of us are trained and experienced in the special care requirements for these vulnerable individuals. We are dedicated to this underserved population - not just the older adult but the adult child trying to navigate the health care system and cope with the emotional stain.
Sometimes, sending in an “aide” IS NOT THE ANSWER. Any registry / agency can find and place a home health aide or a certified nursing assistant. The usual job description for this care provider is to assist with the activities of daily living (dressing, bathing, feeding, toileting, etc.). In most cases, your loved-one may only need standby assistance with one or more of their ADLs but may have issues in other areas. For example, depression and loneliness is prevalent in most older adults after age 80. Finding a person who can discuss issues like loneliness, make efforts to find activities to relieve some of the depression or simply listen to the older adult as he/she tells of his/her accomplishments in life is what we pride ourselves doing.
The person you select to provide care and/or companionship for you parent or loved-one is going to become personally involved with him/her and also with you and your family members. Not only should there be trust, there should be the potential for a relationship with a trustworthy individual who can make you and your loved-one feel secure.
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