Care Navigation

AgingEmpowered is passionate about providing Care Navigation services to older adults and their families in the Columbia, Missouri area. Practicing under the scope of Aging Life Care Professionals (formerly called Geriatric Care Managers: https://www.aginglifecare.org), Care Navigators are specially trained in all aspects of older adult health, and are skilled in recommending resources to older adults to help them age successfully in their homes, coordinate care, and find appropriate next homes, as necessary.



Care Navigation Services

Care Navigation (AKA case management) looks different to each client, because it is personalized to meet their needs. Some clients prefer routine visits with ongoing assessments and referrals to maximize independence and quality of life; case management; and even physician visit companion and advisor.

Caregiver Coaching

AgingEmpowered offers caregiving coaching and on-call services for caregivers nationwide. Caregiving coaching can “meet” face-to-face, online, or over the phone to empower caregivers to be the care navigator for a friend or family member, or balance caregiving with other parts of life. Caregiving coaching is rooted in empowering caregivers with the knowledge and skills to perform their caregiving with grace and confidence. Services are available worldwide.

Assessment and Care Plan Development

Assessments and Plans of Care are the foundation for Care Navigation and other services. This Assessment and Care Plan process identifies strengths and determines potential areas of focus for enhanced well-being for the client. The AgingEmpowered Assessment mirrors common Geriatric Care Management assessments and reviews five factors of health including general wellness, functional health, psychological health, social engagement, and environmental fit and safety. Following the assessment, the care navigator meets with the client (and family or friends, if appropriate) to review the assessment and prioritize goals of care.

Crisis Intervention

Crisis Intervention includes an emergent assessment with care plan recommendations to help families navigate the complex matrix of health care and senior living decisions. Receiving a call that your friend or family member has had an emergency is scary and stressful. The AgingEmpowered crisis team helps bring calm and organization to an otherwise chaotic situation.

Aging-in-Place Consultation

Looking for strategies to ensure you or your loved one ages well at home? Consider an Aging-In-Place Assessment. An AIP assessment is a comprehensive review of the home environment which also considers the needs of the person living within that home. Recommendations for structural improvements as well as resources to help support an adult over the lifespan are offered in alignment with goals and resources.

Advance Care Planning

Advance Care Planning allows individuals to make their care preferences for the end of life known while they are still able to voice preferences. As a Respecting Choices Facilitator, Colleen is specially trained in guiding conversations about advance care planning, documenting preferences, and communicating them with a care team.

Aging Relocation and Aging Family Visit

Coordinating a move for an older adult can be stressful, especially if that move is across the state, country, or the world! Colleen can help families plan for and coordinate moves close to a caregiver relative whether that caregiver is in Columbia or a plane ride away. Consultation and coordination assistance for a family visit or trip is also available.



Who might benefit from Care Navigation

Navigating the complex landscape of aging services is a daunting task for older adults and their families. The Care Navigators at AgingEmpowered are knowledgeable in needs of aging individuals and their families, and the resources available to them. Wondering if you might benefit from a consultation?

If you are an older adult, and you answer yes to any of these questions, you may be appropriate for AgingEmpowered’s Care Navigation Consultation.

  • Do you have multiple health challenges?
  • Are you or your family concerned about home safety and suitability of the current living environment?
  • Are you dissatisfied with one of your care providers or members of your team?
  • Do you have limited support from family and friends?

If you are a friend or family member caring for an older adult, and you answer yes to any of these questions, you may be appropriate for AgingEmpowered’s Care Navigation Consultation.

  • Are you confused about the needs of your loved one and the services in your area?
  • Are you feeling overwhelmed by caregiving duties?
  • Are you providing support from a distance?
  • Do you feel you would benefit from education or coaching related to supporting someone with memory loss?



My family developed a great partnership with Colleen at AgingEmpowered. She is an invaluable resource to our family as we care for my mother and aunt. She is caring, practical, and smart. AgingEmpowered helps us keep our family home within our budget. I can’t thank our financial planner enough for referring AgingEmpowered!