Here is a blurb from a great article on Geriatric Care Managers or Elder Care Coordinators:
What are geriatric care managers?
A geriatric care manager is a health and human services specialist who helps families who are caring for love ones. They are trained and experienced in any of several fields related to care management, including nursing, gerontology, social work or psychology.
Geriatric care management is a relatively new profession. It's rapidly growing, especially given the aging of the baby boomers.
Just what do these specialists do?
They provide a wide range of services, including:
1. Coming to the residence of the person with dementia and completing an extensive assessment of that person's circumstances, including, but not limited to, the personality of the person, family dynamics, funds available for care, a safety check of the residence, listing any medical issues and providing a list of other previously vetted professionals that might be needed for a consult. These could include eldercare attorneys, home health companies, senior real estate experts, remodeling companies, nursing homes and others.
2. Developing a care plan especially for that person and the family, outlining steps to be taken immediately as well as actions to be taken in the long-term.
3. Conducting educational sessions with the family to increase their knowledge of the patient's illness.
4. Monitoring the situation to assure things are going as planned.
For more information, give us a call and we can arrange a consult with Mr Haley and our Elder Care Coordinator.