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posted: April 30, 2007

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Timely Tip: Geriatric Care Managers Can Be Life Savers

Geriatric care managers are perhaps the best ally a family elder-caregiver can have. These “care consultants” often have licenses in related specialties, such as social work or nursing, and bring a focused value of seeking what’s best for the elderly loved one to the working relationship.

A reliable geriatric care manager will offer this range of services:

  • Performs a client medical assessment, including physical and mental health
  • Holds in-depth conversations with the elderly client about their situation and preferences, as well as (separately) with family members
  • Holds conferences with physicians
  • Learns and understands family support system and dynamics
  • Reviews finances, legal affairs, and insurance
  • Makes referrals to appropriate experts such as lawyers, accountants, physicians, and psycho-therapists
  • Explains Medicare, Medicaid, and other insurance programs
  • Coordinates medical care among doctors with different specialties
  • Searches out and recommends appropriate living facilities
  • Negotiates financial arrangements with living facilities
  • Develops an overall care plan
  • Lays out and recommends the best options based on the complete picture
  • Helps family members understand and accept the situation and their options
  • Negotiates disagreements and helps family reach consensus
  • Secures and monitors in-home care
  • Facilitates move to new living arrangements
  • Negotiates arrangements with facilities
  • Provides ongoing consultation and support

Get the full story about geriatric care managers and their importance to family elder-caregivers in Geriatric Care Managers – The Elder-Caregiver’s Best Ally, a feature article in the April 2007 edition of Caregiver’s Home Companion.

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