Geriatric Care Managers
There’s a hidden gem in the senior industry that many people don’t know about: Geriatric Care Managers. Who are they? What do they do? Why would you need to hire one?
Geriatric Care Managers (GCM) work with seniors and their families to guide them through the senior industry: how to find services, pay for them, screen the companies and provide ongoing consultation and support as requested.
Usually services are suggested after a thorough assessment is completed which may entail a medical history, home safety assessment, cognitive and mental health questions, in addition to where the client is at with finance and their support systems. These current benchmarks will be a helpful guide to assist the family and senior in making the right short and long-term choices for their overall well-being and happiness as they age.
GCM’s are now found in Home Health Care companies and Elder Law offices. There are also others who work independently in the Twin Cities area.
Why call a GCM?
When you’re in a crisis or would just like to gain a larger understanding of what options are available to you or your loved one as they continue to age, GCM’s are there to lend a helping hand and an empathetic ear to your situation.
According to the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers, you may need a GCM if:
- The person you are caring for has limited or no family support.
- Your family has just become involved with helping the individual and needs direction about available services.
- The person you are caring for has multiple medical or psychological issues.
- The person you are caring for is unable to live safely in his/her current environment.
- Your family is either “burned out” or confused about care solutions.
- Your family has a limited time and/or expertise in dealing with your loved ones’ chronic care needs.
- Your family is at odds regarding care decisions.
- The person you are caring for is not pleased with current care providers and requires advocacy.
- The person you are caring for is confused about his/her own financial and/or legal situation.
- Your family needs education and/or direction in dealing with behaviors associated with dementia.
Hiring a GCM for a one hour consultation would provide you with a better understanding of where your loved one is at, all the options available to not only help them out but to alleviate the family / primary caregiver of unnecessary stress and heartache.
In the long run, GCM’s will save you time, money and will help the family make the right decisions the first time around. To find out more about Care Managers visit www.caremanager.org.
Article by Kristin Kopp Smith owner of MN Senior Care Partners. You can reach Kristin at 612-423-2095 or email her at [email protected] and visit online at www.mnseniorcarepartners.com.