What is Geriatric Care Management?
Geriatric Care Management is the process of preparing, arranging and coordinating care of the elderly to meet their in-home care needs, improve their quality of life, and maintain their independence for as long as possible.
Our geriatric care management services create customized care plans, taking each senior into account as a whole person — their needs and wants, what brings them joy, and what will best support their vision for the best possible quality of life.
What is a Geriatric Care Manager?
A professional geriatric care manager has a distinguished background in social work, nursing, mental health and/or gerontology. He or she is a member of the Aging Life Care Association™, formerly known as the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers.
A geriatric care manager holds the skills to explore the best care options for the health and well-being of elderly or dependent adults.
Our geriatric care managers combine their knowledge of health, psychology, family dynamics, advocacy and more to ensure the health and well-being of your loved one.
What Does a Geriatric Care Manager Do?
A geriatric care manager is your partner to help you make the best decisions and deliver the best solutions for your loved one as they age. They implement a holistic approach that respects your values, preferences, and resources.
A geriatric care manager is involved in every step of the planning and decision-making process. From the initial home care assessment of a family’s needs through the entire caregiving and geriatric care management services experience, you’ll receive the proper care and attention that honors everyone involved.
A geriatric care manager:
- Explores and considers all points of view
- Devises a care plan and anticipates needs
- Uses resources to save time and money
- Provides stability, clarity, and direction
A geriatric care manager can:
- Avoid medical emergencies and accidents
- Protect from physical and financial abuse
- Improve socialization and engagement
- Encourage healthy eating and exercise
- Help pursue passions and interests
Why Hire a Geriatric Care Manager?
If you’re looking for an approach that’s more comprehensive than placing an unknown caregiver in your loved one’s home, geriatric care management is the ideal solution.
Geriatric care managers supervise our caregivers and they also have the professional tools and resources to support the whole family — not just the elderly individual.
Geriatric care managers offer extensive knowledge across eight key areas:
- Health and disability
- Financial matters
- Housing questions
- Resolving family issues
- Finding local resources
- Advocating for seniors
- Legal documents and questions
- Crisis intervention
What Care Management Services Do You Provide?
As a first step, we offer a free phone consultation to help you understand if geriatric care management services are the right fit for you and your loved ones. If you decide to proceed, we’ll schedule an in-home visit where a geriatric care manager will meet with your loved one and perform a comprehensive geriatric care assessment.
From there, the care manager will serve as an advocate for your loved one, addressing any present needs, anticipating future challenges, and providing clarity, stability, and direction for your family.
1. Geriatric Care Assessment
Because an experienced geriatric care manager knows what to look for and what questions to ask, they are better able to assess and evaluate your loved one’s needs and preferences.
Our comprehensive geriatric care manager assessment evaluates your loved one’s functional, emotional, social, and spiritual needs. We seek to understand the whole picture, such as:
- Personal values and preferences
- Physical health and medications
- Emotional health
- Functional abilities
- Home and neighborhood safety
- Cognitive ability
- Risk factors for falls, nutrition, depression, and isolation
- Socialization needs
- Review of insurance, legal, and financial issues
- Quality of life concerns
Your geriatric care manager will seek to understand who your loved one is, what brings them joy, and how they can live to their fullest potential — wherever they call home.
2. Professional Care Plan
After sharing the assessment findings, a geriatric care manager will create a sustainable care plan that addresses everyone’s concerns, with the intent to bring peace of mind to the whole family. We will seek to honor your loved one’s independence, with core values which include:
- Respect and dignity
- Safety and security
- Choice and autonomy
- Meaningful and joyful activity
- Connectedness to the world
3. Professional Supervision of Care
Unlike most home care agencies, LivHOME employs credentialed professionals with the education and experience to properly supervise caregivers and oversee the care experience. They become especially beneficial for individuals in need of more intensive home care, such as dementia care or hospice care.
Geriatric care management also supports the whole family, with services that include:
In summary, a geriatric care manager will guide you through your care journey, whether it’s the need to find caregivers, accept a new diagnosis, manage a loved one’s resistance care, consider moving to a new living facility, or something else. You are not alone in this journey.
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What Sets LivHOME Apart?
LivHOME is one of the few home care agencies that offers both caregiver services AND geriatric care management services all in one.
This means that beyond giving hands-on care in the home, we also can handle any health, home, social, legal and financial complications that may arise in relation to the care.
We offer a more satisfying experience by combining the three most sought-after services in geriatric care today: caregiving, care management, and care technology. We’re ready to meet any elderly care needs with compassion, dedication, and respect.