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Aging Life Care Professionals®: Guides and Advocates in Times of Uncertainty

Life in the Berks County / Reading area has its uncertainties, just like anywhere else. Although the challenges of living in our area may be somewhat different from other places, there are decisions to make and needs to be met that make seniors anywhere a special group. Life changes, especially those that involve family caregivers, may require the help of educated and experienced professionals who can navigate issues related to aging and elder care. Aging Life Care Professionals® are those specialists.

 What is an Aging Life Care Professional®? An Aging Life Care Professional®, also known as a geriatric care manager, is a health and human services specialist who acts as a guide and advocate for families who are caring for older relatives or disabled adults. Aging Life Care management is a holistic, client-centered approach to caring for older adults or others facing ongoing health challenges. Working with families, the expertise of Aging Life Care Professionals® provides answers at a time of uncertainty.

These professionals are trained in fields that include, but are not limited to, counseling, gerontology, mental health, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, psychology, and social work. While they encourage independent living, they maintain an emphasis on safety and security. These professionals are also well-versed in the availability, costs, and quality of resources in your local area. With this knowledge and the stringent requirements demanded of all Aging Life Care Professionals®, they become the family’s “coach,” helping the team make the right care decisions. These professionals must adhere to a strict code of ethics and standards of practice to qualify.

Do I need an Aging Life Care Professional®? When caring for a loved one becomes overwhelming, it may be time to contact an Aging Life Care Professional®. They are also available to help with younger adults who are challenged by disabilities or serious illnesses.

Some general indicators that a professional is needed include concerns about the safety of the individual; dissatisfaction with current caregivers that may develop into legal issues; limited or no family support; confusion or ignorance regarding financial or legal situations; family discord regarding the care of a loved one; direction for caring for a dementia patient; and many other needs.

What are the benefits of using an Aging Life Care Professional®? Trained, compassionate professionals will focus on the individual, not assume a cookie-cutter approach. They are generally available 24/7/365, coordinating communications between family and service providers. They can help save money and avoid duplication of services and unnecessary procedures.

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The Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ created Sacred Heart Villa (formerly St. Michael Convent) in 2003 with the vision of providing a personal care home for the Sisters and other seniors of southeastern Pennsylvania. The Sisters renovated St. Michael in order to create 35 personal care residential rooms. Sacred Heart Villa officially opened her doors to her first new residents in May 2004, with space for 57 Sisters and 40 other senior residents.

The facility has two residential buildings, a remodeled dining room, a new fireside lounge, library, café, and beauty shop. The chapel remains in the middle of the facility for it truly is the Heart of the community. Each new residential room provides an individual with privacy, safety, and security in an environment of beauty and grace. Mass is celebrated each day and is open to the public.

Sacred Heart Villa is now accepting residents. If you are seeking care for yourself or a loved one, contact Sacred Heart Villa today at 610-929-5751 for a tour. You can also visit us at