­­Elder Care Coordinators

As a part of our Life Care Planning practice, each client is assigned an Elder Care Coordinator (ECC) to ensure our firm meets the individual needs of our clients and their families.

It is the responsibility of the ECC to develop and maintain professional, caring relationships with our clients and their families, and advocate on their behalf with healthcare providers, agencies, long-term care communities and more. Our ECCs are well-informed and current with community resources, and are well-equipped to assist with and navigate the healthcare system.

Here are some of the invaluable ways an ECC can help our Life Care Planning families:

Ongoing Assessment

When you become a Life Care Planning client, an ECC will conduct an initial assessment in the home or in a facility, depending on the needs of the client. This assessment may focus on : physical and mental health, nutrition, sleep, home safety, caregiver competence, activities of daily living, mental capacity and more. The assessments will be ongoing, and the client’s care plan will be reviewed and updated on a yearly basis.

Collaboration and Coordination

Your ECC will collaborate with the staff at Applegate & Dillman Elder Law to meet your needs. This includes the coordination of Medicaid, Estate Planning, VA Benefits and Guardianship. The ECC will document all assessments, and continually update notes to keep the legal team well-informed and up to speed.

ECCs will also coordinate with clients’ healthcare providers, case managers and facility teams as needed. This helps with the coordination of any transitions, for example, to and from the hospital, rehab, long term care communities, home health and hospice.

Advocacy

ECCs are there to listen, understand and support our clients and their caregivers through the aging process. Our ECCs help determine what is best for the client, and can intervene when health and care issues, and crises, arise. At the end of the day, they make sure our clients and their loved ones are safe, getting quality care, and that their family assets and resources are preserved along the way.

An ECC is there to be a friend, a shoulder to lean on, and an advocate when circumstances become stressful and difficult to navigate. They are there to provide peace of mind.

With the help of an ECC, Applegate & Dillman Elder Law can assist clients and families in defining, organizing and prioritizing aspects of client care, and give them the quality of life they desire.

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