What is Geriatric Care Management?

What is Geriatric Care Management?

What is Geriatric Care Management?

Geriatric care management is when a trained professional guides persons and their sick loved ones in handling personal, medical, financial, and legal affairs. In sum, a care manager is there to counsel and advocate for their clients, while connecting them to the appropriate resources that address their loved one’s health-related needs. Care managers provide their clients with assistance and help them manage stressful situations.

Care management requires that the care manager knows about the physical and mental health of their clients’ afflicted loved ones, as well as the dynamics of their family and the relevant resources that exist to ameliorate challenging situations. Care managers can also be involved in their clients’ financial and legal affairs. In a sense, they are there to facilitate the dealings of their clients when the latter are not able to do so efficiently and if they live far away.

Normally, care managers have an educational and professional background in psychology, geriatric health care, or counseling. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, “[A geriatric care manager] may be a social worker, nurse, gerontologist, counselor, or other professional.”1 Below, we will describe what exactly a care manager does:

1)    Care managers can give assessments and create care plans: They will take the time to develop a plan that is specific to your needs, requests, and the condition of your loved one. Additionally, they will also inquire into your loved one’s health and living conditions to get the fullest picture they can about the situation at hand. From this information and the information they have retrieved from your loved one’s doctor’s offices, they can create a care plan. This plan includes specific recommendations on certain services you can find.

2)    They can help you locate resources and keep track of your needs: A care manager will be able to connect you to the appropriate resources which range from counseling services to financial management to finding living accommodations. Over time, your care manager will reevaluate your situation to keep track of your wants and needs, as well as those of your loved one’s.

If you want to find out more about care management services, then please call ElderCare and we can refer you to the appropriate resource. Our phone number is 888-285-0093 or you can visit our website.

1. Source: https://www.alz.org/stl/documents/GCM_Tips.pdf

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What is Geriatric Care Management?

Geriatric care management is when a trained professional guides persons and their sick loved ones in handling personal, medical, financial, and legal affairs. In sum, a care manager is there to counsel and advocate for their clients, while connecting them to the appropriate resources that address their loved one’s health-related needs. Care managers provide their clients with assistance and help them manage stressful situations.

Care management requires that the care manager knows about the physical and mental health of their clients’ afflicted loved ones, as well as the dynamics of their family and the relevant resources that exist to ameliorate challenging situations. Care managers can also be involved in their clients’ financial and legal affairs. In a sense, they are there to facilitate the dealings of their clients when the latter are not able to do so efficiently and if they live far away.

Normally, care managers have an educational and professional background in psychology, geriatric health care, or counseling. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, “[A geriatric care manager] may be a social worker, nurse, gerontologist, counselor, or other professional.” Below, we will describe what exactly a care manager does:

1)    Care managers can give assessments and create care plans: They will take the time to develop a plan that is specific to your needs, requests, and the condition of your loved one. Additionally, they will also inquire into your loved one’s health and living conditions to get the fullest picture they can about the situation at hand. From this information and the information they have retrieved from your loved one’s doctor’s offices, they can create a care plan. This plan includes specific recommendations on certain services you can find.

2)    They can help you locate resources and keep track of your needs: A care manager will be able to connect you to the appropriate resources which range from counseling services to financial management to finding living accommodations. Over time, your care manager will reevaluate your situation to keep track of your wants and needs, as well as those of your loved one’s.

If you want to find out more about care management services, then please call ElderCare and we can refer you to the appropriate resource. Our phone number is 800-285-0093 or you can visit our website.