What is a Geriatric Care Manager? Geriatric Care Management professionals help older people and their families develop solutions to the challenges of aging.They are expert problem solvers, skilled at providing options and making recommendations to support a client and his or her family in making informed decisions.They often times function as an advocate, advisor, liaison, and/or support system to the client and their family members.Geriatric Care Managers are trained healthcare professionals qualified to assess the biological, psychological and social needs of older adults.They formulate care plans and can recommend appropriate resources and support to older adults and their families.Ongoing screening, monitoring and follow-up is provided to closely address any changes in the older adult's daily life.
The goal of Geriatric Care Management is to plan and manage the complex and changing needs of older adults and their families with the expectation of maximizing the highest quality of life possible. Geriatric care professionals are able to address a broad range of issues related to the well-being of the client. They have extensive knowledge about the costs, quality, availability of resources in their communities.
Geriatric Care Management Services Can Include (but not limited to the following):
* Comprehensive care plan assessments. * Quality resources and referrals. * Counseling and ongoing support. * Senior housing placements to retirement, assisted living, skilled nursing and rehab facilities. * Screen, coordinate and monitor in-home help and other services. * Coordinate and communicate health care services between client, family and health careproviders. * Advocacy in hospitals and long-term care settings.
* Dementia care and support. * Review financial, legal and medical issues in order to offer referrals to geriatric specialists and conserve assets. * Liaison to families living at a distance, overseeing care, and quickly alerting families to potential problems. * Emergency crisis management and intervention. * Consumer education, counseling and support. * Personalized services tailored to meet the varied and diverse needs of each client.