Many families and individuals have found tremendous value in the professional care and oversight that a geriatric care manager can provide. A geriatric care manager specializes in assisting older adults, disabled individuals and their families with long term care arrangements. They usually have training in nursing, gerontology, social work or a related field.
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Utilize a geriatric care manager to develop a coordinated plan. This can save money by helping to avoid costly mistakes. It also takes some of the stress away that comes with deciding on long term care options for older family members. A care manager can be available 24 hours if necessary for emergencies and can act as a liaison between the patient, professionals, and the family.
When a patient is hospitalized and you are having difficulty getting answers, a care manager can interact with the hospital staff and physicians on the patient and families behalf. They act as advocates for the patient and assist in asking questions and getting second opinions thereby providing a higher quality of care. This can also be reassuring to family members who may not reside in the same local as the patient.
When you know that you or a loved one needs some support to remain home, a care manager can help you decide if staying home with hired help or if moving into an assisted living facility is the recommended path. If moving is the best course of action they can assist in finding a place the patient is comfortable with, that is within budget, and provides excellent care. They can then assist in the moving process and the transition.
The geriatric care manager can assist in Medicare and insurance issues as they arise. These can be complicated and confusing and having someone familiar with them can prove to be valuable.
A care manager can be available 24 hours if necessary for emergencies and can act as a liaison between the patient, professionals, and the family.