Geriatric Care Managers bring life back into aging, by helping their clients to live well as they age. With background and experience in nursing, social work, mental health, and gerontology, they know that aging has unique challenges. They help their clients and families better live with the aging process and all it entails by providing personalized decision support, solutions, and assistance with taking action.
Geriatric Care Managers enable great decisions and effective actions by bringing expertise across 8 aging life care functional areas:
1. Health and disability. Geriatric Care Managers can help whether your loved one has physical problems or is suffering from dementia.They will interact with the health care system frequently to arrange appropriate care. A geriatric care manager will attend doctor’s appointments if you request and can help you to coordinate information between the physician, your loved one, and your family. Additionally, they will help to determine which services are needed, and help you to procure and coordinate all needed services and equipment including at-home care, home health services, and hospice.
2. Financial matters. A geriatric care manager can help you with many different but equally important financial tasks. They include:
- a. Bill paying: Reviewing bills or overseeing bill payments.
- b. Consulting with a client’s accountant or Power of Attorney to ensure a system is in place to handle financial matters.
- c. Providing information on Federal and state entitlements and connecting families to local programs when appropriate.
- d. Insurance concerns, claims, and forms.
3. Housing questions. Geriatric care managers can help you and your family find the best housing for your senior, researching appropriate levels of care such as independent living, assisted living, skilled facilities as well as senior communities that offer various levels of care.
4. Resolving family issues. Caring for a senior can create stress within a family. A geriatric care manager is a trained problem-solver and can help families with issues such as learning to cope with an ailing family member, at-home caregiving, and long-distance caregiving. Additionally, they can help families come to consensus around difficult decisions.
5. Finding local resources. Many communities offer numerous resources to help seniors and their families. Finding them and knowing which resource would be best for a unique situation can be a challenge. A geriatric care manager takes pride in knowing local select resources in their communities and how to access them.
6. Advocating for seniors. Everyone needs an advocate to help navigate the complicated healthcare network in the United States. Geriatric care managers know how to speak up for their clients’ interests. They want to make sure that the client gets all to which their client is entitled, and keep a close eye on the situation to ensure the client is not taken advantage of. Their advocacy helps families to address their loved one’s care needs in the best possible way.
7. Legal questions: Geriatric care managers are not lawyers, but they can help you to find the right one. They can help you determine if you have the right tools /documents in place and if not, they can point you in the right direction.
8. Crisis Intervention. When you have a healthcare crisis it can be difficult to understand what to do. A geriatric care manager can help you find your way through the maze of forms, questions and requests that come with emergency department visits, hospitalizations, discharge and rehabilitation stay. They will act as a liaison between the family, long-distance caregivers, and clinicians. Their goal is to provide clarity and stability.