Our Geriatric care manager works privately with older adults and their families to create a plan of care that meets the needs of the older adult. They will meet with you to help you understand your loved one’s needs and learn what resources and options are available to meet those needs.
What is a Geriatric care manager?
A Geriatric Care Manager (GCM) is a professional who develops and implements a plan of care to assist elders and their families with all aspects of long-term care. American culture has become transient. Families are often separated by distance and many children find themselves juggling demanding careers, families, and the responsibility of caring for an aging parent. It would be ideal to live in a society where our parents and our elderly could be cared for easily, where extended families were in close proximity, and where both family members were not working full time. The reality is that for most of us this is not the case. There are many older people who live alone, far from children and other relatives. Even for those who live near children, the fact remains that all family members may be working and may not be in a position to do all that is required. When older people begin to have trouble coping with their daily lives, they often cannot turn to family members for help, and often, even more importantly, they do not wish to burden those they love with their care. Under these circumstance a Geriatric Care Manager can be very useful.
What are the benefits of having a Geriatric care manager?
·Allow caregivers to balance being a caregiver and the demands of their own life
· Decrease time taken off work
· Decrease expenses associated with long distant caregiving
· Save you time. You do not have to spend hours searching for services
· Give you peace of mind
Advocacy in Long Term Facilities
Our Geriatric care managers can serve as an advocate for an older adult in a long term care facility on behalf of a long distance family member. Our Geriatric care managers are aware of the state regulations and structure of these facilities. Therefore, they know what to look for when visiting a facility, what questions to ask, and who to direct questions to in order to obtain the information needed to make the best decision. Our Geriatric care managers should be thought of as true advocates for the older adult in the facility.
Life Long Planning Consultations
HAVE YOU TALKED TO YOUR PARENTS ABOUT THE FACTS OF LIFE?
· Aging is a fact of life. As your parents age their care needs change. This is an issue many families try to delay for as long as possible. The reality of the matter is that as loves ones ages their health condition declines. Some declines are gradual and some are immediate. Some questions you should ask yourself:
Medicare does not cover 24-hour-a-day care at home, meal delivery, homemaker services like shopping and laundry. So what does medicare really cover?