Do you need a trusted advisor who can help ensure that your loved one is getting the help that he or she needs? A Geriatric Care Manager (GCM) is a specialist who helps families care for older relatives.
A GCM can be an invaluable member of your loved one’s care team. The GCM may:
- Act as a “case manager,” coordinating and overseeing the team of home care professionals who provide care to your loved one. A GCM can put together a team from Partners in Care or work with one that you have arranged yourself. The team may include a nurse, social worker, home health aide(s), rehabilitation specialists, a dietitian, and an elder care attorney.
- Assess your parent’s need for care, both initially and on an ongoing basis.
- Evaluate the Plan of Care, adapting it as your loved one’s needs change.
- Arrange for and monitor medical and personal care.
- Assist with legal, financial, and medical issues, and help your family find the resources and referrals your loved one needs.
- Act as a liaison with long-distance family members.
Would a GCM help you and your loved one?
If you answer yes to any of these questions, a GCM can provide important and beneficial assistance.
- Does your loved one have limited support or live far away from family who can help?
- Have you been suddenly plunged into a caregiving role due to illness or medical crisis and need help getting up to speed?
- Does your loved one have multiple, or increasing, medical issues or conditions (including behavioral health needs)?
- Is your parent no longer able to live alone safely but is resistant to change or losing independence?
- Are you burned out?
- Do family members have different opinions about the best way to care for your loved one, and/or are discussions about care tense?
- Do you need help untangling your family member’s financial or legal affairs?
- Do you need help navigating the system and finding the resources your loved one is entitled to?
The GCM can:
- Help prevent the need for hospital visits.
- Make sure medications are taken properly.
- Identify potential safety issues in the home and make recommendations to correct them.
- Support and “coach” caregivers and family members.
- Mediate within families to find resolution to care needs.
- Advocate for patients and their caregivers.
For information about how a Geriatric Care Manager can help you, call Partners in Care at 1-888-735-8913.