When to Hire a Geriatric Care Manager

OLD AGE, IT HAS BEEN said, ain’t no place for sissies. As minds and bodies falter, the activities of daily living get harder and harder. Children of older parents know all too well that their aging parents need varying degrees of help. When that becomes too much for them to handle, one solution is to hire a geriatric care manager.

 

A geriatric care manager, according to the National Institute on Aging, is usually a licensed nurse or social worker who specializes in geriatrics. The NIA calls a GCM “a sort of ‘professional relative’ who can help you and your family to identify needs and find ways to meet your needs.

 
More than a home aid, geriatric care managers are specially trained and licensed professionals who can help locate the resources needed to make daily life easier. A GCM can be especially useful for elders who don’t have family members nearby. The GCM can check in on the elder at regularly scheduled times to make sure his or her needs are being met.

 
What Do Geriatric Care Managers Do?

The NIA says that geriatric care managers can do any or all of the following:

  •  Consult about challenging topics and complex issues.
  • Keep family members informed about their loved one.
  • Visit the home and suggest needed services.
  • Help with emotional issues.
  • Construct both short- and long-term care plans.
  • Evaluate in-home care needs.
  • Find and hire care personnel.
  • Facilitate medical services.
  • Look into other living arrangements.
  • Provide caregiver stress relief.

A GCM is extremely helpful for elderly patients with complicated health situations. “They speak the language and understand medical terms and the things that come with aging,” says Amie Clark, co-founder and senior editor of TheSeniorList.com. The GCM can go to the doctor with the patient and help the senior understand his or her care and also report that information back to the family, says Clark, a former long-term care ombudsman who specializes in geriatric care management and senior housing advisory.

 
They are also great for what Clark delicately calls “complicated family dynamics” – when the parents and children don’t talk nicely to one another, or the parent won’t listen to the children but may listen to an impartial outsider. “They are a professional buffer,” Clark says, a person who can help coordinate care among the warring parties.

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