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Finding a Good Geriatric Care Manager in West Palm Beach, Florida

Here is a great article for anyone that is considering hiring a Geriatric Care Manager. Visit eldercareathome.org if you are in need of help for an aging loved one in the West Palm Beach FL area.

The Elderly: Finding a Good Geriatric Care Manager

Such professionals can be a tremendous help if you’re trying to take care of ailing parents but live far away

By Lauren Young

On a Tuesday night in late July, Jon Meyers, 42, got the call every child with an elderly parent dreads. His 84-year-old mother, Ruth, who suffers from dementia, had fallen in her kitchen and was heading to a New Jersey hospital by ambulance. But instead of agonizing over not being able to get there quickly – it’s four hours from his home in Washington, D.C., to Point Pleasant, N.J. – Meyers took comfort in the fact that Stephen Mielach, a geriatric care manager, was following the ambulance, ready to take control.

Before 2007, Meyers had never heard of geriatric care managers (also called geriatric case managers). But then his mother developed problems that required hospitalization, and Meyers couldn’t keep taking days off from his job as an art director at the Cato Institute, a Washington think tank. On the recommendation of his mother’s physician, Meyers, an only child, hired Mielach. He accompanies Meyer’s mother on doctor visits, looks after her dog on occasion, and even helped with the paperwork for a reverse mortgage so that she could stay in her home.

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