Advanced Aide confusion
To Aging Today:
The recent article, "Making the most of direct-care workers with a new role on the care team," in the JanuaryFebruary 2012 issue of Aging Today accurately describes the ways direct-care workers can support elders, but I was perplexed by how the Advanced Aide position is a "redesign of the description for direct-care workers."
The description of an Advanced Aide as someone who could recognize the warning signs of a wide array of chronic conditions, understand medication administration and coordinate partnerships with family members and health professionals seemed to me to be the description of the role of a geriatric care manager. While direct-care aides can benefit from more training and better compensation, they should not be seen as a substitute for the effective and valuable work that master's-level care managers provide to elders.
Rob Tufel, director of Adult Services
Jewish Family & Children's Services
of the East Bay
The authors respond:
Our article describing Advanced Aides calls for each member of the care team to work at the top of his or her license. …