Our Expertise

Advocate Care Services provides Case Management, Medical Power of Attorney, Legal Guardianship and Transition Facilitation services to older adults, individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, chronic mental illness, brain injury and developmental disability who are no longer legally competent to make decisions regarding their health and welfare.

What sets us apart?
  • Customized case management: Each guardianship client is assigned to a social worker who gets to know the client and manages every aspect of the case. Our clients live in a variety of settings, depending on their individual needs.

 

  • Regular visits to the elder; quarterly is minimum and more frequently if appropriate.

 

  • Responsiveness and coverage: 24-hour on-call availability and team coverage for when the regular case manager is away. We are big enough to provide complete coverage yet small enough that each of us is familiar with all of the cases.

 

  • Medical power of attorney services with sensitivity and dignity, carried out consistent with the client’s wishes and advance directives.  We are highly experienced in medical and mental health coordination with doctors, hospitals and stressful health situations.

 

  • Transition facilitation (mediation) is designed to assist involved parties in communicating effectively in what can often be a difficult situation. When the word mediator is brought up, many times a referee comes to mind! Our role as transition facilitators is to provide an arena where all parties can voice needs, desires, questions and concerns in a peaceful process resulting in agreements that all are satisfied with.

 

  • Cultural sensitivity: We serve a diverse population and are sensitive to all religious and cultural practices. 

 

 

Comprehensive Approach

Our case management team of licensed clinical social workers has expertise in legal guardianship and case management, medical power of attorney cases, transition facilitation as well as geriatric assessment, care management, advocacy, placement and crisis intervention. We have the opportunity to consult regularly with an experienced elder law attorney.

 

Guardianship may not be the only service an individual requires. We are able to work in conjunction with other service providers and can provide referrals on request and as deemed appropriate. Our goal is to provide services for the whole person ­­- physical, emotional and spiritual.

Responsibility, Safety, and Dignity

A guardian is legally responsible for all decisions regarding the health and welfare of the protected person:

 

  • Ensuring a safe and suitable environment

  • Determining the most appropriate living situation

  • Medical decision making, consent to medical treatment, and end-of-life decisions

  • Supervision of personal care

  • Arranging for services and programs, as appropriate

  • Advocacy 

Decision Making Guided by Principle

As court appointed guardian, Advocate Care Services makes decisions on behalf of the client guided by substituted judgment. This means that we make decisions based on what the client’s decisions would be if he/she had no impairment. We value the input of involved family or significant others.