Description of Senior Alternatives
When an aging loved one begins to require assistance, it can impact the entire family. Therefore, it becomes imperative to find the right team of professionals to meet the special needs of older adults and their families.
Senior Alternatives, a private Geriatric Care Management and Homecare organization, offers a wide variety of services for residents of the Bay Area:
- Comprehensive Assessment
- Management of difficult behaviors
- Dealing with Resistance
- Dementia Management
- Managing Caregiver stress
- Individual and group psycho-education and counseling needs
- Symptom management of depression and other mental illness
- Socialization/activity planning
- Medication management (in conjunction with physician)
- Matching the client with the ideal Caregiver
- Benefits analysis
- Training and Monitoring of Caregivers
- Family Counseling and Mediation
- Medical Advocacy
- Long Distance Family Services
- Placement Assistance
- 24-hour Emergency Response
- Financial Management/Conservatorships
All members of our interdisciplinary team are Masters-level geriatric specialists who have years of experience working in areas of dementia, hospice, chronic medical conditions and disabilities. In addition, we have developed relationships with reputable physicians, nurses and other geriatric professionals and utilize these experts as appropriate.
While our focus is on older adults, we work with all ages of people where care management and homecare services are needed.
What we do:
Psycho-Social Assessment: After an initial phone consultation, our Care Manager will arrange a time to visit the client and involved parties at the client's place of residence and complete an initial assessment. The Care Manager will gather information about the older adult's emotional and health status, medication management, current health care providers, home safety, caregiver stress and burden, preferred social activities, long-term care financing, family and social support, and the older adult's ability to live independently in their present situation. The assessment will not only document and review current concerns, but will also assist in anticipating and planning for future needs.
Specialized Care Plan: Based on information gathered during the initial assessment, the Care Manager develops a care plan to address areas of concern. Recommendations may include homecare, counseling, education, alternative living arrangements, socialization plans, medical, legal and financial referrals and benefit entitlements.
In addition, the Care Manager can serve as the liaison between health care providers, other social service agencies and the client and involved family members. Care plans are regularly monitored for effectiveness and adjusted to address changing needs.
If homecare is warranted, Senior Alternatives offer a unique homecare model that combines the expertise of our professional care management team with experienced, compassionate and dedicated caregivers. Because our company is small, we pride ourselves in being able to offer personal, immediate attention to all of our clients. We have a long track record of providing consistent high quality care.
Support for Family Members: Our experienced staff knows how challenging it can be to ensure the safety and well-being of an older family member. Therefore, Senior Alternatives will often provide recommendations in the care plan to address easing caregiver stress brought about by family care giving responsibilities.
Areas of Practice
Assessment, Placement, Education, Counseling, Referrals, Fiduciary Services, Family/Professional Liaison