Being a caregiver for a loved one can be an overwhelming responsibility, especially if you live a distance away or are busy with work and young children. If this dilemma sounds familiar, you’ll be relieved to know that you can reduce your stress by working with a geriatric care manager.
What is a geriatric care manager?
A geriatric care manager is a health and human services specialist who focuses on giving a hand to families who care for older relatives. These professionals often train in other fields such as nursing, gerontology, social work, psychology and even finances.
Much like other professionals, geriatric care managers have standards of practice and their own code of ethics. You can find one through the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers which has a New England Chapter.
What purpose does a geriatric care manager serve?
Geriatric care managers can provide you a number of services including referrals for community based care, development of individual care plans, recommendation for and arrangement of home care services, and home safety assessments, among other services. They can be hired for a single task, such as arranging a particular service, or they can take on a long term responsibility. For example, a geriatric care manager can oversee the caregiving process for a long-distance caregiver.
In short, a geriatric manager individually tailors the care plan to your specific and unique needs and requirements.
Why hire a geriatric care manager?
There are many reasons why you could benefit from working with a geriatric care managerYour primary reason may be that you need help facilitating your desire to have your loved one “age in place” instead of moving to an assisted living or nursing facility. Here are some other reasons to consider:
- You are unfamiliar with elder care and need help
- You do not live close and need someone you can count on
- Your other responsibilities make it hard to provide the level of care necessary for your loved one
- The issues you or your family are dealing with have become complicated and difficult to manage
- There is family dissonance and you would benefit from unbiased intermediary
It was Kitty O’Neill Collins who said “aging seems to be the only available way to live a long life.” Well, with the assistance of a geriatric care manager, you may be able to live a long, and better life.
Geriatric care focuses on a client's well being and safety, not on financial concerns. One goal is to make certain that those of our elderly or disabled clients who live at home are in an environment that is safe for them and that does not pose any physical obstacles. Our Geriatric Care Manager frequently makes home visits and recommendations with this goal in mind.
It's important to us that our clients are maintained in a supportive and appropriate environment of their choosing and one that factors in their functional and cognitive abilities. This is where a geriatric care manager's input is critical and how our firm distinguishes itself from the other Hartford area elder law firms.