Geriatric Care Managers What They Do To Help Seniors

Geriatric Care Managers: Helping Seniors and Their Families

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What is a Geriatric Care Manager?

Geriatric Care Managers are invaluable in helping seniors and their families figure out how to get the care they need and not go broke in the process.

Seniors health care policies are extremely complicated and to try and understand the benefits and exclusions of these policies can be challenging for seniors and their families.

That’s one of the many services that a Geriatric Care Manager can provide.A care manager for seniors is known as a Geriatric care manager.

These are trained human service professionals who can help you or your loved one with all aspects of the care management and caregiving process.

Because there are a growing number of seniors who need assistance, geriatric care managers are filling gaps in their care that family members are not able, or do not want to do.

The Geriatric Care Manager Role

A geriatric care manager works with the family and senior to create and implement a comprehensive short and long-term care plan which enables the senior to maintain their health and independence.

This is accomplished by putting in place staff and services with the highest quality care at the best price. Geriatric care managers have a specialization in caring for seniors, and some can also provide care to people with disabilities, no matter the care needs or age of the client.

Qualifications of a Geriatric Care Manager

Care managers typically have graduate level degrees in nursing, psychology, social work, or gerontology, and most are certified or licensed.

The Process of Getting Help

When the Geriatric Care managers begin their work, they typically start with an assessment of the person’s needs, which includes exploring the available family and community resources, financial resources, as well as the physical and mental health of the client.

Once the initial evaluation is made and the care plan created, the Geriatric Care Manager continuously monitors and re-evaluates the plan by either advising the family about existing resources or by becoming a member of the long-term care team.

What Do Geriatric Care Managers Do

Generally, geriatric care managers will help with the following:

  • Screen and Assess care needs.
  • Determine client’s eligibility for financial assistance, problems, and services required.
  • Arrange for and monitor in-home medical care and related services.
  • Provide counseling and support for families, client, and other involved in the caregiving process.
  • Provide advocacy for the client and/or family.
  • Assist a client in changing their living environment, if needed.
  • Assist with coordination and communication between family members and caregivers.
  • Offer crisis intervention, as needed.
  • Make referrals to specialists for medical, legal, dietary, or financial matters.

Custom Care

Geriatric Care Managers tailor each care plan to  each individual’s custom needs. Therefore, it is important to make all of your needs known to the Geriatric Care Manager initially when you meet with them.

Benefits of Hiring a Geriatric Care Manager:

Convenience: Not all, but some are available around the clock
Continuity: It is easier for the care giver to ensure continuity of care
Control of Costs: They coordinate better to help keep costs down
Custom Care: Care manager tailors care to your loved ones needs
Flexibility: Having a person who is available at times when you need them, enables you to resume many of your normal activities
Higher Quality Care: Geriatric care managers are governed by standards of quality care set forth by the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers

If interested in learning more-schedule an in home assessment.

Or call us directly at  1-800-296-9962.

Is a Home Care Agency or an Independent Personal Attendant Better?

The Decision: Home Care Agency vs. Independent Personal Attendant ?

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Many families find themselves trying to determine which is the better decision, to hire an independent personal attendant  which may have  a lower cost versus hiring and agency. The decision to hire a home care agency or an independent personal attendant should take into account all the factors outlined in this article.

 

Home Care Agency vs Independent Personal Attendant Which Is Better:  Considerations

Quick Response

A home care agency has the resources to be able to fill your request more quickly because they have more staff to draw from. Unlike a single person who may be booked with other clients, or unavailable when you need them due to illness or vacations.

 

Protection

A home care agency is bound by state and federal regulations and standards to which they must comply. All home care agency staff are bonded and insured, and have liability & workers’ comp. insurance. So, in the rare case that a caregiver would hurt themselves in your home they would not sue your homeowners insurance policy. The single independent personal attendant may not have that coverage.

 

Quality control

A Home care agency typically has a supervisor who manages all cases and supervises all staff to ensure the client and family are satisfied with the care provided.  Family members are communicated with and updated on a regular basis.  The independent care provider reports to no one and may not be held to the same standard of care and communication.

 

Ongoing Care Training

Most Home care agencies offer continuing education caregiver training as a benefit for employees and as a way to keep quality of care high.  For many agencies, this training is mandatory and some is provided at work. The individual personal care attendant may or may not continue to build upon their skills and knowledge.

 

Background Checks

Home care agencies routinely screen applicants carefully at the time of hire.  Many have several types of background checks. For independent personal attendants it is your responsibility to check the background of the individual.

 

Variety of Care Available

With Home Care agencies you have access to a full range of care providers as the needs of your loved one change.   If the amount of care, or the level of skill needed changes-home care agencies can fill your needs.  With the independent care provider- the skills are fixed to the particular individual, so if the needs of your loved one change you have to search for additional providers to help. This is not always practical in an emergency situation.

If you would like to learn more about the fill range of services a Home care agency can provide-  call us at (800) 296-9962

 

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In Home Care for Seniors: Why It’s So Important

In Home Care for Seniors Is Essential As Seniors Age

 

in homecare for seniors dedhamIn home care for seniors is one of the most essential services these days for helping seniors live at home, and for as long as possible.

 

Home Care Enables Seniors To Live Independently

Many seniors fear going to a nursing home or other institution and want to live at home for as long as possible. Home health care agencies provide a full range of in home care services that enable seniors to live at home for as long as they are able. For some seniors, living at home gives them greater choice and freedom.

 

Which Home Healthcare Services Help Seniors Most?

Home healthcare services may include preparing meals, assistance with personal hygiene, toileting, laundry and housekeeping, bathing, grooming and dressing, Dementia care, Alzheimers care, bed/wheelchair transfers, pet care, medication reminders, shopping, and transportation to medical appointments to name a few.

 

Who Provides Home Care Services?

In home care services are provided by home care agencies and these are staffed by a wide range of health specialties, including, but not limited to:

Nurses, Home Health aides, housekeepers, case managers, physical therapists, and occupational therapists.

 

Accessing In Home Health Care for Seniors

The first step is to invite the home care agency representative into your home to do an initial assessment.  Issues discussed typically include your health history, or that of your loved one, your existing service providers, your insurance and other benefits programs, as well as your budget for home care services.

 

The Home Care Plan

Once an assessment is made, a care plan is created which details out the services needed and fits within your allocated budget. The home care agency then works with you to create a schedule for your home care service delivery.

 

Coordination of Home Care Services

Home care agencies typically communicate with the senior and/or family member(s) on a regular basis to coordinate home care if permission is granted or proper arrangements are made for this to happen.

To learn more about In Home care for seniors services- call us at (800) 296-9962.