The Compass Difference
You want to hire the best expert for the senior in your life but how do you know? An excellent strategy is to seek a geriatric care manager, also known as an aging life care™ professional, who is certified by the Aging Life Care Association™. The association designates member levels, including the highest Advanced Professional category that requires specific higher education levels, supervised work experience and a specified professional designation. Alissa stands out in the Denver Metro area by achieving this gold standard of membership, offering confidence that you are choosing an exceptionally knowledgeable, skilled and trustworthy professional.
The National Academy of Certified Care Managers awarded Care Manager Certified (CMC) ranking to Alissa in 2009. CMC is one of only four professional designations accepted by the Aging Life Care Association to qualify for Advanced Professional standing.
Alissa is a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA)® as well. A CSA certification does not mean the person is an expert in any profession, however it can enable the individual to better apply their professional knowledge to seniors.
The following table illustrates the requirements for each certification. Vetting individuals by asking the questions in the left column is a wise way to ensure that the person is qualified to guide you and your loved one through the complex and broad field of elder care.
While some geriatric care companies offer advice on whether a senior should remain at home or move to a care community, they also benefit directly because they offer home care services. Compass does not provide home care services, assuring unbiased guidance. Alissa is, however, very familiar with home health and home care agencies—as well as care communities—and can direct families appropriately.
Only an elder care professional who has worked at care communities in management and direct care positions truly understands the inner workings of this often-confusing field. Alissa offers that valuable experience. That’s important to you because if your loved one should require care away from home, you need someone who knows what to expect and how to plan for a successful transition.
Compass is much more than a placement or referral service, which is an outside sales and marketing agency that contracts with care communities. Placement agencies are able to offer “free” services to clients because they are paid by care communities to refer seniors. Alissa never accepts money from care communities, maintaining her objectivity and avoiding the appearance of impropriety. Seniors and their families can be assured that Alissa is working only for their best interest.
Alissa firmly believes elder care is not a one-size-fits-all proposition and does not rely on geographic directories of care communities to make recommendations. Alissa, a trained geriatric care manager with years of experience, meets with seniors and their family members to learn about their values, needs and goals before developing customized plans of action.