Geriatric Care

Are you struggling with the care of your aging parent or older loved one?

Is an older family member confused, driving unsafely, falling, not paying bills on time, or dressing inappropriately? Are you losing sleep, taking time off work to deal with care giving issues, struggling to meet your family member’s needs? You may need a care manager.

What is a care manager?

A Care Manager (CM) is a health and human services specialist who helps families who are caring for relatives. The CM is trained and experienced in all of the fields related to care management, including nursing, gerontology, social work, and psychology, with a specialized focus on issues related to care.


How do you know you need a care manager?

When providing care for an aging family member becomes overwhelming, it may be time to contact a care manager. You may need a care manager if:
• Your family is new to care giving and needs information and assistance regarding 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.


What Services do Care Managers Offer?

Care Managers are engaged to assist in the following areas:
• Housing – Help families evaluate and select the appropriate level of housing or residential options.
• Home care services – Determine the specific types of services that are right for the individual client, and assist the family with implementing and monitoring those services.


What are the Benefits of Using a Care Manager?

Care Management services can serve the needs of their clients by providing:
• Personalized and compassionate service — focusing on the individual’s wants and needs.
• Accessibility — care is typically available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
• Continuity of care management – communication is coordinated between family members, doctors, service providers, and other care professionals.
• Cost containment — Help to avoid inappropriate placements, duplication of services, and unnecessary hospitalizations.