Liebling Elder Care provides a comprehensive range of care planning services, individually designed for the needs of the client, family and chosen family. Care management provides guidance to proactive planners, families and adults for an optimal quality of life.
- Our Mission
- Our Founder
- Our History
- What is an Aging Life Care™ Manager?
- How we are different
- Professional Memberships
Wendy has always been dedicated to listening to the voice that was not always heard, be it an older adult, one challenged with illness or simply an individual who does not have the vocabulary or understanding of their needs or wishes. LEC was founded in 2011 with the mission of advocacy, education and self-empowerment.Return to top
Wendy is the founder and principal of Liebling Elder Care, and brings more than 30 years of education and experience in medical and community-based Social Work with additional training in Behavioral Health and Elder Mediation. This experience includes serving as a Long Term Care Ombudsman for Montgomery County, Pa. where she was responsible for advocating for the rights of community and facility-based residents to ensure that the regulatory requirements for care were being met.
Building on this practical experience are a number of professional affiliations that deepen her understanding of current resources and practice approaches. Wendy has a Master’s Degree in Social Work, is a Pennsylvania Licensed Social Worker, a member of the National Association of Social Workers with a specialty certification as a Certified Advanced Social Work Case Manager (C-ASWCM), and an Advanced Professional Member of the National Association of Aging Life Care Managers, a national association dedicated to the holistic, client centered practice of Care Management across the US.
Locally, Wendy has volunteered as a facilitator for the Alzheimer’s Association of the Delaware Valley Caregiver Support Group for of years, speaks to community groups and remains an active member of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Aging Life Care Professional Association.
Liebling Elder Care is an independent, licensed, and insured Aging Life Care™ practice maintaining updated credentials and certification, serving clients in Philadelphia, Montgomery, Bucks and Delaware Counties.Return to top
Growing up, Wendy admired her fearless Grandmother who adeptly navigated a rapidly changing world with an open mind and independent spirit. This example was among the sparks for Liebling Elder Care as the Baby Boomers also face a swiftly changing world.
As an Ombudsman, Wendy was driven to give voice to vulnerable individuals in long term care settings and their families, which led to the founding of Liebling Elder Care in 2011 amidst a dramatically changing landscape of services for the aging. It was important to Wendy to be effective in assisting adults and their families in their life decisions among the maze of options that can be confusing and costly. Wendy’s experience in behavioral health, health care, healthy aging, difficult family conversations, and mediation has provided the critical platform that engages clients and families. Care planning is personal, and Liebling Elder Care is dedicated to individualized, client centered care coordination for the client, family and family of choice.
Liebling Elder Care seeks to give voice and enable the understanding of choice through education, as we all know, choice can be liberating.Return to top
What is an Aging Life Care™ Manager?
An Aging Life Care Manager is dedicated to helping clients age well while also supporting quality of life for family members. This phase of a family’s journey together is often complicated. There is more to do than there is time. Relatives may live far away. Relations can become strained.
Our professional training and knowledge of best practices can ease the journey.
Every family is unique. As Aging Life Care Managers, we apply our insights and skills in 8 key areas to provide you with a positive care plan tailored to your family’s individual needs and strengths.
We offer expertise regarding:
- Health and disability: Through assessments and experience, we can help you understand what your loved one does well, and in what areas he or she could use additional help.
- Finances: A review of the current monetary situation will result in a plan to make resources stretch as efficiently as possibly while maintaining the desired level of comfort, dignity and safety.
- Housing: Based on the assessments, recommendations can be made for optimal living situations now, with a view to likely changes in the foreseeable future.
- Family: Sibling disagreements and old family history often make the aging journey difficult. Our training provides for skilled facilitation of family meetings and creation of a plan that takes everyone’s needs into account.
- Local Resources: There are programs available to help, but it’s difficult to know which one is the most appropriate for your situation. Save time and money by letting us objectively evaluate the situation and connect you to the resources best suited to your needs.
- Advocacy: Our comprehensive knowledge of the disjointed health care system allows us to monitor quality and lobby for the care and treatment your family wants.
- Legal: Let us help you identify issues and get key paperwork in order.
- Crisis Intervention: The unexpected is simply a fact of life in aging. We are experienced with elder emergencies and are ready to jump in at a moment’s notice.
Liebling Elder Care is in the business of helping aging adults and their families to live well throughout the aging process. Give us a call at 610-733-1473 to discuss the many ways we can help you.Return to top
How we are different
What makes an Aging Life Care Manager stand apart from the others is the commitment to stay focused on the needs of the client and family. Others may offer services for less, but what you receive cannot help but be influenced by the payment structure.
Hospital- or insurance-based case managers are employees of the health care system. They are good professionals. Their focus, however, is to address the issues of patients within the institution and to make efficient use of services for their organization.
We are based in the community and work with aging adults wherever they live. We provide continuity of care across all settings. We include the family and focus on improving quality of life for the older adult and their grown children.
Senior advisors are paid referral fees to suggest elder care facilities. As a general rule, they have a more limited sphere of knowledge and do not hold a professional degree needed to give them expertise in the 8 key areas of elder care. Only those facilities willing to pay a finder’s fee will be included in their list of suggestions. There may be a more appropriate option, but it will not be mentioned if the facility does not pay for referrals.
Because we are paid directly by you, we are independent and objective. Our focus is 100% on the needs of your family and your aging loved ones. We apply our considerable skill and years of training to your unique situation.
When the issue is safety and quality of life, you deserve the best!Return to top
We pride ourselves in our commitment to stay abreast of the ever-changing landscape of senior services and aging research. To this end, our Aging Life Care Managers are members of the following professional organizations:Return to top