For the curious
Still looking for answers? Don't yet know if you're in the right place, or if Aging Optimist is for you? Then take a look at some of the most fundamental questions we receive about our business.
As we continue to update this section with the most helpful information about our industry, our process and more, we'd love to hear your suggestions (and further questions!), so please let us know.
How do you know that you need an Aging Life Care professional?
When caregiving for an aging family member becomes overwhelming, it may be time to contact an Aging Life Care Professional.
You may need an Aging Life Care Professional if the person you are caring for
has multiple medical or psychological issues
is unable to live safely in their current environment
is not pleased with current care providers and requires advocacy
is confused about their own financial and/or legal situation
has limited or no family support
Or if your family
has just become involved with helping the individual and needs direction about available services
is either “burned out” or confused about care solutions
has limited time and/or expertise in dealing with the individual’s chronic care needs and does not live close by
is at odds regarding care decisions
needs education and/or direction in dealing with behaviors associated with dementia
What is the process to evaluate a prospective client?
Our assessment process begins with an initial consultation with family members or responsible party by telephone. We gather information about activities of daily living, interests and likes and dislikes, including a full medical history prior to meeting with the client. One of our associates will then visit the client at home, in a facility, or at a family member’s house to conduct an in-depth evaluation of their physical, cognitive, and emotional health.
Does Aging Optimist have a financial interest in any of the recommended services?
Aging Optimist is an independent company, and is not affiliated with any of the services we recommend. We rely on an extensive network of resources that have proven their quality over the years, and only recommend those services we believe to be in our client’s best interest. It goes against our Aging Life Care Association Code of Ethics to accept referral fees.
Are Aging Optimist services covered by Medicare or Insurance?
Aging Optimist Services are not covered by Medicare or health insurance, but some fees may be covered by a long-term care insurance policy. It is best to contact the policy-holder directly to determine your Care Management benefit. We are happy to review your long term care policy.
How do we know if it’s time for a move or home care?
Most people prefer to remain in their own homes, but that desire often conflicts with concerns about safety, nutrition, socialization, fall prevention and memory loss. Whether the move is local or long distance, we can help ask the right questions to guide you to the best solution for successful, healthy aging. If a move is not the best solution, we will assist in hiring the most qualified home care services.
How do I know if I can afford services?
Our initial free telephone consultation will give you an idea of the possible options and associated costs. Aging Optimist will help you find high-quality, cost-effective care options you might otherwise not have known about. If you would like a full fee schedule, please contact our office at 864-901-3039 or send us an email.