We all desire the best for our loved ones – it’s only natural. Yet sometimes, when families are involved with an older loved one’s care, feelings about what is best may be conflicting. This can lead family members to argue with each other as opposed to working with each other. This is when it can be a good idea to bring in an outside person such as a geriatric care manager (GCM), one who understands what older adults need for long-term care and how to accomplish getting this care.
Geriatric care managers (or aging life care professionals, which is the more modern term) have the experience needed to help families in identifying what kind of care an older loved one needs and how to best coordinate long-term care. They can also function as mediators when family members end up at odds when attempting to plan eldercare for their loved one.
Consider a geriatric care manager as a “professional family member,” usually a nurse or social worker, with expertise in all of the available resources to offer help to seniors with a variety of concerns and challenges. Just a few of the numerous ways they can help include:
- Helping families sort out complex discussions and issues
- Addressing emotional needs
- Collaborating with other care experts, such as a senior’s medical team
- Making visits to the home to evaluate needs and recommend appropriate services
- Developing both short-term and long-term care plans and goals
- Offering much-needed relief to overloaded family caregivers
Be sure to get the answers to these kinds of questions from potential geriatric care managers:
- Are you licensed?
- How much experience do you have as a geriatric care manager?
- What happens if I have an emergency after-hours?
- Are there references I can talk to?
- Does your agency also help with home care services?
Geriatric Care Managers and Home Care
One of the advantages of using a geriatric care manager to help coordinate care is that GCMs are specialists who are trained to work with a number of differing types of people and organizations. A GCM can help coordinate health care, work with lawyers and coordinate with your chosen in-home care agency. Home care agencies, like San Diego Home Caregivers, work seamlessly with geriatric care managers to help relieve family stress and improve quality of life in the home.
If your loved one lives in San Diego or the surrounding area, the professionals at San Diego Home Caregivers would be happy to discuss with you how best to go about coordinating care. Call us at (619) 487-9000 to learn how to get started with our top-rated elder care services in San Diego today.