A Care Manager is a professional who specializes in assisting people and their families in meeting their long-term care arrangements. A specialty within the field is a Geriatric Care Manager. A Geriatric Care Manager has specialized training in gerontology, social work, nursing, and/or counseling.
At DignityFirst Health at Home we employ credentialed Geriatric Care Managers. Our Care Managers work closely with our clients and their families to assess their specific situation and offer guidance through a custom plan of care. Every family situation and client is unique and that is where the plan of care helps to communicate this information.
In general professional Geriatric Care Managers can help with:
- Conduct care-planning assessments to identify problems, eligibility for assistance, and need for services.
- Screen, arrange and monitor in-home help or other services.
- Review financial, legal or medical issues, and offer referrals to geriatric specialists to avoid future problems and to conserve assets.
- Provide crisis intervention and act as a liaison to families at a distance, making sure things are going well and alerting families to any problems.
- Assist with moving an elder to or from a retirement complex, care home or nursing home.
- Provide consumer education and advocacy and offer counseling and support.
- Geriatric Care Manager can also provide family or individual therapy, money management, and conservatorship or guardianship assistance.
Geriatric Care Managers also have extensive knowledge about the costs, quality, and availability of services in their community.