Resources

One of the primary benefits of using Guardian Care Management is the information and referrals we provide to help improve quality of life. The following frequently asked questions, books, articles, and links may answer some of the questions you have about care management. These listings are for information only and not all-encompassing but provide a starting point in your search for answers.

Feel free to contact us with your questions or concerns.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Books

  • Caregivers: Passages in Caregiving: Turning Chaos Into Confidence by Gail Sheehy
  • Alzheimer’s:  Still Alice by Lisa Genova
  • Senior Finances: Scammed, 3 Steps to Help by Art Maines, LCSW
  • End of Life: The End-of-Life Handbook: A Compassionate Guide to Connecting with and Caring for a Dying Loved One Paperback  by David B. Feldman, Stephen Andrew Lasher Jr., Ira Byock
  • Relocation: Downsizing Your Home with Style: Living Well In a Smaller Space  by Lauri Ward

Articles

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Links

  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
    The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc. (NAELA) was founded in 1987 as a professional association of attorneys who are dedicated to improving the quality of legal services provided to people as they age and people with special needs.
  • Alliance for Aging Research
    The Alliance for Aging Research is a citizen advocacy organization that is dedicated to supporting aging–based scientific research and using scientific information to empower the aging population. Through developing, implementing, and advocating programs in research, professional and consumer health education, they strive to enhance the universal experience of aging.
  • National Adult Protective Services Association
    The National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA) is a national non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization with members in all fifty states.  Formed in 1989, the goal of NAPSA is to provide Adult Protective Services (APS) programs a forum for sharing information, solving problems, and improving the quality of services for victims of elder and vulnerable adult mistreatment.  Its mission is to strengthen the capacity of APS at the national, state, and local levels, to effectively and efficiently recognize, report, and respond to the needs of elders and adults with disabilities who are the victims of abuse, neglect, or exploitation, and to prevent such abuse whenever possible.
  • Alzheimer’s Association
    The Alzheimer’s Association, which is the world’s leader in Alzheimer research and support, provides services through its nationwide network, such as information, education, referral, safety services, and support groups and through advocacy, tries to enhance quality care and support for individuals and their families.
  • American Association of Retired Persons
    The AARP is a membership organization that focuses on the needs and interests of persons age fifty and older. By sharing information, services, and strategies, the AARP advocates social responsibility for the global aging population’s health and wellness, economic security and work, long–term care and independent living, and personal enrichment.
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which replaced the Health Care Financing Administration in 2001, works to serve Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries and health care providers. As part of the US Department of Health and Human Services, they encourage innovation, consumer education and responsiveness to American’s health care needs.
  • Center for Hearing and Communication
    League for the Hard of Hearing The League for the Hard of Hearing is the oldest hearing rehabilitation! in the world founded in 1910 in New York. For those who are hard of hearing or deaf, the League offers hearing rehabilitation and human services, and offers the family ways of communication and the faculty to pay for the services. The League's mission is to aid those of all ages with varying degrees of hearing loss.
  • Disability Rights Washington
    Washington’s protection and advocacy system.  Disability Rights Washington creates a work plan from the priorities of people with disabilities.  Become involved in the priority-setting process, to assure DRW respectfully advances the disability civil and human rights movement.  Priorities include accessibility, community living, education, freedom from abuse and neglect, financial security, health care, justice, quality supports, and self-determination.
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness
    Our mission is to improve the quality of life for all those affected by mental illness. We do this by providing a statewide, unifying voice of advocacy and coordinating the delivery of education, support and recovery.
  • American Heart Association
    The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest, largest voluntary organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular diseases and stroke.  Our Mission: Building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.  Their mission drives everything they do.  The American Health Association improves the lives of all Americans, they provide public health education in a variety of ways.
  • American Cancer Society
    For more than 100 years, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has worked relentlessly to save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Together with millions of our supporters worldwide, we help people stay well, help people get well, find cures, and fight back against cancer.

FAQ

  • How can I have Guardian Care Management serve as my guardian or power of attorney?
    For Guardian Care Management to serve as your guardian, a court hearing would have to take place and the court would need to find that you have cognitive impairment which prevents you from being able to handle your own affairs. Guardianship is the most restrictive level of care so a guardian is only appointed when no other alternative can be found.

    Choosing Guardian Care Management to serve as attorney-in-fact can be a way to be assured that your wishes will be followed by someone you can trust. In addition, it can be a way to relieve family of this duty while preventing disagreements and tension between family members.
    To serve as power of attorney or “attorney-in-fact” we would want your attorney to draft a power of attorney document that names our agency. With this document, we could provide care management for healthcare or help manage your finances.
  • I have fallen a few times this past year and now my family thinks it’s unsafe for me to live at home.  Do you think I need to move to a nursing home?
    You may be able to stay in your own home and live independently. Guardian Care Management can evaluate your needs and help by providing a plan to ensure you are safe in your home. We will listen to your needs and help provide a plan that best fits your situation whether you stay at home or need to relocate. If a move is recommended, there may be several other options available to you instead of a nursing home.  We do not receive any fee from the facility for making the referral so, we are not limited in our selection. Guardian Care Management can help facilitate a discussion between you and your family to ensure you have a safe environment while keeping you as independent as possible.
  • I take many medications and I am afraid that I may not be taking them correctly—can you help me?
    Medication management can be daunting and frustrating.  Guardian Care Management can help provide a system for your medications that can reduce errors and simplify daily administration.  In addition, we can contact medical providers, review medical records, and communicate with your pharmacist to make certain you are taking your medications correctly.  Guardian Care Management’s service includes any needed education and support to help you feel confident and safe.
  • Does Guardian Care Management help children with developmental disabilities?
    We help families prepare for the transition from child to adult at the age of 18 years old.  This is a time of great change and help may be needed concerning guardianship and trusts.  Naming Guardian Care Management as the Standby Guardian and/or trustee, can provide peace of mind to aging parents.  Our agency, as standby guardian, would remain in-touch, schedule yearly meetings, and keep up-to-date records that would enable us to step in at any time to provide care management for your son or daughter.  Guardian Care Management is acquainted with available community resources, work programs, and supported living.

  • My mother is starting to have trouble with her memory.  Can you tell me whether she has dementia?
    Guardian Care Management does not provide a medical diagnosis.  Your mother should schedule a visit with her physician to discuss these concerns.  We would be able to meet with you and your mother before the visit to discuss what outcomes may be expected from the appointment, the type of questions that should be asked at the appointment and what should be considered going forward.  Along with the medical appointment, our Senior Wellness Evaluation can help provide insight into your mother’s needs.  Our years of experience help us educate you on treatment options, share community resources, and refer to area specialists.  Guardian Care Management works as a liaison between family, client, physicians, and other professionals.

  • I have recently been diagnosed with cancer.  I have no family nearby.  I am not sure which treatment options are best for my condition.  What can you do to help?
    Guardian Care Management nurse advocates can provide support and education during this difficult time.  We can accompany you to appointments and manage your medical records.  If you wish to appoint Guardian Care Management as your healthcare durable power of attorney, we can advocate on your behalf and communicate your wishes and concerns.

  • My elderly parents live in Washington but, I live in California.  I am worried about them but, I am unable to leave my job and family to travel there and provide care.  Is there any way to provide good care from a distance?
    Helping families over long distances is nothing new to Guardian Care Management.  We can help ease your concerns and provide support to your parents as their needs change.  With their permission, we can assess their needs on a regular basis and make recommendations for safety and well-being.  Guardian Care Management serves clients in King, Pierce, Mason, Kitsap, and Thurston counties.  We can help with medical, financial, residential, or crisis concerns.

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