What is a Geriatric Care Manager?

Navigating the health care system and finding resources for you and your loved one can be very challenging.  Finding resources, making decisions, and securing extra guidance are especially difficult for the long distance care giver.  Hiring a geriatric care manager is an excellent option for anyone needing extra help in caring for their aging loved.

A geriatric care manager may be a counselor, social worker, nurse or other professional that specializes in all of aspects of social, emotional, physical, and healthcare needs of your loved one.  Acting as advocates for the elderly, they assist clients and their families through the entire health care system.  Although the program is a fee-for service program, a professional geriatric care manager will likely to the following:

  • Conduct, a comprehensive individual assessment to determine level of functioning.
  • Develop and implement a personalized plan to achieve short-term and long-term goals.
  • Assist client and family in finding the best available care options.
  • Screen and arrange for special services and programs.
  • Collaborate with physicians and other health professionals and locate appropriate cost effective quality care.
  • Ensure financial stability including examining health benefits, supplemental insurance plans, Medicare and Part D programs.

I secured a recommendation for a local geriatric care manager by contacting the Alzheimer’s Association in my city.  The geriatric care manager charged $75.00 an hour for her professional services.  At the conclusion of her assessment, the care manager provided a list of local recommendations and referrals for our family review.

 

 
 
 

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