What It Means To Be A Certified Senior Advisor
Five years ago I started Severino Health Advisors to offer clients support as they attempt to navigate the challenges of a new or chronic health-related condition.
As an Independent Health Advocate, I knew that my 30+ years of experience as a registered nurse and physician assistant would offer my clients the support they would need as they faced serious medical issues.
When I started my business I wanted to offer my clients a more comprehensive approach to a variety of issues that are related to the aging population.
In 2015, I enrolled in an educational program with the Society of Certified Senior Advisors.
The course, Working with Older Adults, covered 26 topic areas to provide a better understanding in areas such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, long-term care insurance, in-home care and senior housing options, elder law issues, and financial planning.
At the completion of the course all Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) candidates must:
- Pass a certification exam
- Undergo a criminal background check
- Agree to uphold the highest ethical standards to protect older adults
In addition, a CSA must continue to complete continuing education requirements.
When a new client calls my office, I don’t just focus on the medical issue. Here are some of the additional concerns I like to address:
- Can the family provide care for their loved ones?
- Do they have the financial resources for care?
- Do they have the necessary legal documents in place to care for them?
- Do they qualify for other benefits such as VA Aid and Attendance?
Being a CSA has helped me serve my older clients by being able to offer a comprehensive assessment of their needs and providing multiple resources to support them as they age.
Getting sick and aging is complicated. To help you navigate these challenges call Severino Health Advisors for a free 15-minute phone consultation to see how we can help.