Geriatric Care Management
Managing a loved one’s healthcare can feel like entering uncharted waters. When complex situations move quickly and require immediate decisions, Care Management can create relationships between seniors, families and professionals to plan ahead for care needs, or respond to emergency events.
With no task too big or small, a Care Manager can assist in coordinating everything that can impact a client’s life – from negotiating the healthcare system and facilitating the use of appropriate community services, to paying bills or arranging for grocery shopping.
Professional Eldercare Guidance When You Need it Most
Family members and friends who are responsible for the care of an older adult are often faced with an array of issues, questions and difficult decisions. These complex situations can be confusing, and often require immediate answers. A Geriatric Care Manager can provide you with support and expertise in finding the best solutions for your loved one and your family.
With a depth and breadth of eldercare knowledge, a Care Manager can work directly with you to develop a personal care plan to help the client remain safely at home for as long as possible, or to live with dignity in a structured setting.
The primary goal of Care Management is to maximize the client’s independence. New cases usually begin with a comprehensive assessment of physical, psychological, social, nutritional, cognitive and healthcare issues to determine which services are most appropriate, while
also taking into account the client’s wishes and finances.
All work is done collaboratively with family, primary caregivers, friends, physicians and other professionals involved with the client, to develop and implement the best care plan possible.
What A Care Manager Can Do For You
- Act as an advocate for the older adult
- Accompany clients to medical appointments
- Educate and consult on insurance programs and options
- Negotiate the healthcare and social services systems
- Refer to doctors, geriatric specialists and care services
- Coordinate physical, occupational, speech and/or cognitive therapies as needed
- Facilitate access to and use of community resources
- Support and monitor home health aides and other caregivers
- Mediate family differences
- Coordinate hospital discharges
- Determine the affordability of services
- Arrange for meal delivery, grocery shopping and all services from different providers
- Assist in long-term residential placement if living at home is no longer an option
- Establish a long-term relationship with the older adult and serve as the central liaison for family, caregivers and the professional community
Who Else Benefits from Care Management?
In addition to the older adult, many parties can benefit from working directly with Care Managers:
- Families and friends (local and long-distance)
- Hospital discharge planners
- Trust departments and banks
- Community agencies
- Employee assistance programs
- Long-term care insurers
- Court systems