October 26, 2020

What is Worthright Care?

Why did we start Worthright Care?

Worthright was founded to tackle one of the biggest challenges in aging - paying for it. After a brutal experience financing the long-term care of his mother, our CEO set out to reduce the emotional and financial stress for the millions of families who care for an aging loved one every day. In early 2020, we recognized that in order to relieve the financial strain felt by so many families, we should first help them find resources that could provide guidance, advocacy and support in the best way we knew how.

What is Worthright Care?

Worthright Care is a platform dedicated to helping families navigate the stressful and uncertain path of caring for their aging loved ones. Whether a family is planning in advance or navigating a crisis, we help families find local Care Managers who play the role of Quarterback - running the process with confidence and compassion.

We like to consider Care Managers like a hired relative - someone who has direct expertise in navigating the complexities of caregiving, and someone you can trust and rely on to advocate for you and your family - no matter the situation.

What is an Aging Life Care Professional or a Geriatric Care Manager?

Aging Life Care Professional and Geriatric Care Manager are two terms to describe the same person. An Aging Life Care professional is a health and human service specialist who acts as a surrogate to guide and advocate for your loved ones. They will provide a holistic, client-centered approach to overseeing (ie: managing) the care of an aging loved one.

Relying on an Aging Life Care Professional can provide incredible comfort, security and answers at incredibly stressful and uncertain moments. An Aging Life Care Professional will act as a surrogate, quarterback and advocate guiding a family on actions and decisions that ensure the highest quality of care for their loved ones - ultimately providing one of the greatest gifts of all - reducing stress.

Most Aging Life Care Professionals provide care management services in a few areas:

  1. Health and Disability: Aging Life Care Professionals navigate and engage with the healthcare system effectively and often. They can attend doctor appointments or facilitate communication between a doctor, client, and family - regardless of the situation. They will also help determine the type of services needed, as well as assist in securing, monitoring, and evaluating those providing the service
    
  2. Finance: An Aging Life Care Professional must understand a family’s financial situation in order to recommend the appropriate care plan. Often they will oversee bill paying, or work closely with a client’s Power of Attorney to do so. Aging Life Care Professionals can also help navigate the myriad of federal and state funding options, as well as private-pay options like reverse mortgage, accelerating a life insurance policy or connecting to a financial advisor for more complex financial matters.
    
  3. Housing: ALFPs help families evaluate and select the appropriate housing situation for their financial and health needs.
    
  4. Families: Navigating the care of an aging loved one is complex, expensive, and can also be extremely taxing. ALFPs help families adjust and problem-solve around all aspects of caregiving and care management including long-distance and in-home caregiving and differences of opinion surrounding long-term care.
    
  5. Local / Community Resources: Being away from your parent or loved-one makes it difficult to provide care and maximize the best local resources available. ALFPs are deeply embedded within their local community and can engage and advocate for the best possible care available.
    
  6. Legal: While an ALFC won’t take on the core legal work of a family, they are closely tied to legal experts who can help with all matters of Elder & Estate Planning Law.

Crisis Intervention: No one is prepared for a crisis happening, but ALCPs can intervene when a crisis is unfolding to help clients and their families navigate the maze of considerations and decisions around the emergency room, hospital, rehab, or nursing facility. They often serve as a local emergency contact for long-distance family members.


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