Approved Home Health’s geriatric care managers work with families to provide a client-centered approach to caring for older adults facing ongoing health challenges. Their guidance leads families to the actions and decisions that ensure quality care and an optimal life for those they love. They can reduce worry, stress and time off of work for family caregivers through:
- Assessment and monitoring
- Planning and problem-solving
- Education and advocacy
- Family caregiver coaching
Geriatric care managers provide a comprehensive assessment and develop a care plan tailored for each individual’s circumstances. This plan may be modified, in consultation with client and family, as circumstances change. They work with the Approved Home Health aides to be sure the client is receiving the right services.
Geriatric Care Managers
Approved’s geriatric care manager are nurses who acts as guides and advocates for families who are caring for older relatives or disabled adults. They are able to address a broad range of issues related to the well-being of their client. They also have extensive knowledge about the costs, quality, and availability of resources in their communities. Services provided by Approved’s geriatric care managers include:
- Medical management – attending doctor appointments, facilitating communication between doctor, client, and family, and if appropriate, monitoring client’s adherence to medical orders and instructions
- Communication – keeping family members and professionals informed as to the well-being and changing needs of those they love
- Legal – referring to or consulting with elder law attorney, providing expert opinion for courts in determining level of care
- Financial– may include reviewing or overseeing bill paying or consulting with accountant or client’s Power of Attorney
- Entitlements – providing information on Federal and state entitlements; connecting families to local programs
- Safety and security – monitoring client at home; recommending technologies to add to security or safety; observing changes and potential risks of exploitation or abuse
Geriatric care managers provide services in the client’s home—wherever that may be— and their services are:
- Personalized and compassionate service — focusing on the individual’s wants and needs.
- Accessibility — access is typically available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Continuity of care management – communications are coordinated between family members, doctors and other professionals, and service providers.
- Cost containment — inappropriate placements, duplication of services, and unnecessary hospitalizations are avoided.
Do You Need A Geriatric Care Manager?
When caregiving for an aging family member becomes overwhelming, it may be time to contact a geriatric care manager. You may need a geriatric care manager if:
- The person you are caring for lives in another city or state.
- 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.
- You need direction about available services.
- You are confused about care solutions.
- You have limited time and/or expertise in dealing with your loved ones’ chronic care needs.
- Your family is at odds regarding care decisions.
- Your family needs education and/or direction in dealing with behaviors associated with dementia.