|“The Daily Money Management counselors have helped give me peace of mind, although I admit, at first I was reluctant to have them handle my checkbook and pay my bills. They are true professionals who understand my needs and treat me with respect, and I love not having as much paperwork to worry about.”
~ Eleanor Bonham
Daily Money Management
It’s not easy keeping track of all the bills that need to be paid and reconciling the checkbook. We realize some people may need help managing their daily finances so they can remain living independently.
Council on Aging’s Daily Money Management program provides a counselor who will help the senior make sure all of their financial obligations are met. The counselor writes, mails or deposits client’s checks; keeps track of expenses, income and financial records; and maintains bank accounts.
Council on Aging can become the Representative Payee for those in need of an agency to manage their Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Veteran’s or Railroad Pension benefits.
Daily Money Management counselors are professionals experienced in personal financial management and gerontology. Their work is supervised by Connie Aust, a Licensed Fiduciary, National Certified Guardian and Social & Financial Services Program Director. The program is audited yearly by the Social Security Administration and an outside source to ensure accountability and we have strong internal checks and balances.
Families, individuals or couples who need a trustworthy successor trustee, look to Council on Aging to act as their trustee when they are no longer able or willing to manage their financial affairs, or those who wish to have a Successor Trustee assume responsibility for asset management. We are available to act as trustees of special needs trusts, revocable and irrevocable trusts, both large and small.
When a client needs more protection, Council on Aging can apply to the Superior Court to be appointed as conservator of person. The Conservator is then responsible for the client’s personal needs such as food, clothing, shelter and medical care. We assume the responsibility for all decisions regarding the health and welfare of the Conservatee.
Council on Aging may be appointed Conservator of the Estate for individuals who are unable to manage their own finances and are vulnerable to fraud and abuse. We assume the responsibility for the protection of our Conservatee’s assets.
Durable Power of Attorney
For our clients who want to appoint someone they can trust to help them with their finances Council on Aging can be that neutral party to help them with the last part of their journey. People trust in Council on Aging because we have been acting as Durable Power of Attorney for SonomaCounty residents for over 30 years.
Council on Aging can also help when there is a need for a healthcare directive. Council on Aging can be appointed the healthcare agent for seniors who are looking for a responsible, reliable healthcare agent.
Council on Aging can settle the estates for those clients who do not have an individual or family member to appoint. As Executor we are responsible for carrying out the wishes of a deceased person through instructions written in the client’s will.
Our Financial Services Staff provides assistance according to a client’s specific needs. Our staff has many years of experience, training and education necessary to act as your fiduciary. Council has been serving seniors in SonomaCounty for over 45 years. When the time comes to act, Council on Aging will be there for you and your family.
Our clients receive visits at home, in assisted living or in a hospital setting for financial assistance.
Peace of Mind
Our Financial Services program helps protect seniors from financial exploitation and abuse. It also prevents them from generating expenses associated with delinquent bills and duplication of services.
To learn more about what the Financial Services program can do for you or a loved one, call our Social & Financial Services Department at (707) 525-0143.
About Our Fees
Fees vary depending which program serves our client.
Our Financial Services at the Council on Aging are strictly confidential, insured and bonded
· Act as Agent on Power of Attorney
· Provide bill paying services
· Perform checkbook reconciliation
· Interface for Medical, Insurance, Taxes, etc.
· File for Medi-Cal on our client’s behalf
· Maintain client financial records
· Assist with housing and in home helpers
· Advocate for clients in all financial matters
· Provide Conservatorship services
· Act as Trustee