GERIATRIC CARE MANAGEMENT
The Best Decisions are Informed Decisions
Families are often faced with making tough caregiving decisions. Making an informed decision about the care and well-being of a loved one is important, but not easy. They want to know all the available options, but have little experience or knowledge in the field of elder care, and little time to do the necessary research. This is when the services a qualified geriatric care manager are invaluable.
Geriatric Care Managers are professionals with the education, experience and objectivity to carefully determine ways to maximize independence, care and personal safety. We can help you to improve the quality of your life as well as the person you are caring for.
Our services are tailored to the individual and your unique circumstances.
Our care management services follow a four-step model:
The Assessment is the single most important task for both the family as well as the Care Manager. Sometimes the assessment alone is enough information for a family to move forward. For the family, the assessment will help determine future care needs by clarifying functional abilities, cognitive skills, home safety hazards and more. It can give a family direction and hope.
Forewarned is forearmed
Once you have completed a proper assessment, you will have a definitive understanding of your loved ones condition; you may want a plan of action or a list of options. For some families that is enough, that is all the outside help they want. But for others, an Assessment reveals so many options and decisions that they realize that only the surface has been scratched.
So once the evaluation/assessment is done we have a second level of service whereby we recommend practical solutions and will design an individualized care plan for you. Care plans are highly individualized; the individual’s wishes, family dynamics, and all other circumstances are given serious consideration. We are practical about financial and physical resources and the caregivers’ time and availability for care.
Just as important, we consider the likelihood of changing needs and circumstances in the future. Each plan encompasses the entire situation and is personalized to meet yours and your loved one’s needs in the best possible way. Our recommendations will include public and private resources that can provide support and practical assistance.
Done For You
At the third and fourth level of service we are happy to arrange services for you and even monitor the care if you can’t or prefer not to do it yourself. We can act as liaisons to families living at a distance, or just for very busy families that don’t have the time to monitor the hired help and the service providers. We will monitor the care whether it’s professional caregivers, or facilities like skilled nursing and assisted living.
What are the benefits of using a Care Manager?
• Short-term or ongoing assistance for long-distance caregivers.
• Personalized and compassionate services focusing on the individual’s wants and needs.
• Accessibility – we are available after hours and on weekends.
• Cost savings. Reliable continuity of care is by definition preventing unnecessary expenditures.
• Facilitated family communication, reducing the burden on primary family caregiver.
• Efficiency and flexibility because our services are streamlined and family-centered, not complicated by bureaucratic red tape and always focused on the big picture, the family as a unit.
• Cost-control. Care managers strive to reduce inappropriate institutional care and overuse of services. We match the service to the client’s needs and help contain costs and unnecessary hospitalizations
• Ongoing monitoring and crises management. No matter how great the care, things will happen: falls, illnesses, progressive physical and mental decline. When they happen are ready.
Who Uses Geriatric Care Managers?
- Banks and Trust Officers
- Physicians and Allied Health Professionals
- Social Service Providers
- Gerontology Professionals
- Senior Housing Communities
- Professional Fiduciaries