Caring for an older adult or loved one with a chronic illness can be stressful and overwhelming at times, and even more so for those providing care for someone with Alzheimer’s Disease or another dementia, or providing care from a distance.
As a Geriatric Care Manager, I have two primary goals:
- To ensure that you and your loved one have access to the resources and supports you need to live as independently as possible, and with the highest quality of life; and
- To provide emotional support and peace of mind for you, the caregiver.
How do I do this?
I perform an in-depth assessment of my client’s, and their caregiver’s, needs and develop a comprehensive, individualized care plan that incorporates their preferences and values.
Services that might be included in the care plan:
- Assistance with long-term care planning and arrangements, including placement
- Routine monitoring and coordination of services, such as in-home care providers
- Providing “boots on the ground” for long-distance caregivers
- Advocacy and support, including accompanying you to medical appointments and communicating with providers
- Resource identification and referral
- Crisis intervention
How do you know when you need a Geriatric Care Manager?
- You or your loved one have multiple medical or psychological issues that have become difficult to manage
- You have seen changes in a loved one’s functioning, and are wondering if it is safe for them to live at home
- You are feeling overwhelmed or “burned out”
- You are not pleased with current care providers and need help advocating for yourself or a loved one
- Family members are in disagreement about care decisions
- You have limited time, or do not live close by to the person who needs assistance
- You are interested in planning ahead for care needs, and would like to consult with an expert
For more information about these services, contact us:
- What Does It Mean to be an Aging Life Care Professional®? July 19, 2018 Samantha Colaianni
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