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

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…

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