Should I Consider a Geriatric Care Manager?
Old age isn’t for sissies. Or for their caregivers, who often juggle full-time jobs, families of their own and other responsibilities. Taking care of an elderly loved one can be an overwhelming, challenging, emotionally draining “job.”
One of the most helpful people in caring for your elderly loved one is a Geriatric Care Manager, an expert that helps families determine what kind of help is needed and plans and coordinates that plan of action. They’re usually licensed social workers or nurses and many are specialists in specific areas such as Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Their insider knowledge about private and public resources and clinical services is a godsend and particularly essential when your loved one lives hundreds of miles away.
Geriatric Care Managers (GCM) can provide one-time or ongoing assistance. What exactly can they do? The list is endless: assess needs, create a long-term care plan, coordinate services, act as the liaison between family, doctors, and caregivers, schedule doctor appointments, order Rx refills and confer with home health aides.
Many people may think that GCMs carry too high a price tag. And while they are expensive (anywhere from $70- $250 an hour depending on location) and not covered by insurance, Medicare or Medicaid (they are sometimes covered by Long-Term Care Policies), they can also save you money in the long run by focusing on the services you need at the moment and making efficient use of financial resources. And the peace of mind? That’s priceless.
Some of you may have never heard of a GCM. But the industry hopes to change that. For more information on hiring a GCM, you can call consult with the National Association of Geriatric Care Managers website. Don’t you feel better already?
Contact Pure Home Care Services at (586) 293-2457 today! If you live in Shelby Township or the surrounding area, we can help you care for your loved ones.