Learn How a Geriatric Care Manager Can Help Navigate Senior Care
- By: Scott Vanderhoef
Family care providers know that navigating the process of looking for appropriate care resources for a senior loved one can seem like trying to get across the ocean in a rowboat – blindfolded, and blindsided by the buffeting swells and winds. The likelihood of making it safely to your destination is pretty slim without having the necessary tools, and an individual to assist you in how to use them.
That’s where a geriatric care manager (sometimes known as an Aging Life Care Professional) can step in and save the day. Geriatric care managers are specialists in the many complexities of the aging process, available resources, resolution of issues pertaining to family dynamics, and more.
Available for short-term consultations or up to and including full-time assistance, there are several key instances when teaming up with a geriatric care manager is particularly valuable:
- Long distance separates both you and your family member. Living in Illinois while your aging parents are in Texas, even with today’s technology, makes it challenging to have peace of mind that they are safe and thriving. A geriatric care manager can offer supervision of care, regular visitations, and assistance with decision-making.
- A difficult behavioral issue is at play. When an older adult is challenged by dementia or any other diagnosis that causes behavioral concerns, a geriatric care manager may be a fundamental element of the older adult’s care team. A geriatric care manager can provide information about recommended specialists and resources to help to overcome troubling behaviors, such as aggression, wandering, or sundowning.
- The senior won’t open up about health conditions. It is common for older adults to want to protect their adult children from worrying, and as a result, withhold vital health information – but they are frequently open to speaking with an experienced geriatric care manager about their worries.
- There are concerns about living conditions. For example, if a loved one resides in an assisted living community that will not permit you to hire a private caregiver when additional assistance is needed, a geriatric care manager will provide in-depth information about the community itself as well as your state’s relevant laws, and will help mediate a resolution. Additionally, the geriatric care manager can recommend alternate communities.
- You find yourself at a loss. Determining the most beneficial care solution for a senior can certainly be tricky, and it’s not unusual for loved ones to feel uncertain about what the best solution will be. A geriatric care manager can provide you with a review of your choices, and what the benefits and disadvantages might be for each option.
If you’re interested in finding a geriatric care manager to help enhance care for a loved one, connect with Heaven at Home Senior Care for a recommendation at (866) 381-0500. Heaven at Home Senior Care offers comprehensive and personalized solutions to senior care in Plano and the surrounding area.