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Geriatric Care Managers

If you are one of the many adults in the sandwich generation, trying to help your elderly parents from afar while simultaneously caring for your children and spouse at home, one possible solution that you may not be aware exists is to hire a geriatric care manager (GCM).  

Never heard the term before? These professionals may be trained in a variety of fields — such as nursing, gerontology, social work or psychology — with a specialization in elder care. The professional geriatric care manager (GCM) can act both as guide and advocate, identify problems and offer solutions.

“Geriatric care managers act as liaisons between seniors and their families, or between the families and the facilities in which the seniors reside. The Geriatric Care Manager can visit the family, do an assessment, and then talk to various family members and come up with a recommendation. He or she could then visit periodically to make sure that the issues had been resolved and stay resolved.

Family disagreements

A geriatric care manager could be of enormous help when family members disagree about an elderly loved ones care. Each family member may have a clear sense of what is best for Mom or Dad but they may disagree on what approach to take or what should be done.

How can the family resolve their differences? A GCM would bring them all to the table to discuss their viewpoints. The GCM would then do an independent assessment, talk to the facility director and staff where Mom or Dad lives, then come up with a recommendation based on what would be most helpful to Mom or Dad — one that the family would hopefully agree on and adhere to.

Having this kind of service can greatly alleviate the double stress and anxiety of having a loved one who needs care, while not being in a position to provide that care yourself. It can offer reassurance that your loved one is receiving the kind of care you would want, in the way you would want, and that her needs are being adequately evaluated. Of course, as with any professional, you need to make sure the geriatric care manager has expertise in the specific areas in which you need help and that her/his style of intervention fits well with you and your family.

Source:  www.care.com

Contact Pure Home Care Services at (586) 293-2457 today!  If you live in Macomb County or the surrounding area, we can help you care for your loved ones.

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