The following blog post is from Cathy Cress, author of Handbook of Geriatric Care Management:
November is National Caregiver’s Month. This is an opportunity for Geriatric Care Managers (GCMs) to celebrate and call attention to the plight of family caregivers. In the third edition of Handbook of Geriatric Care Management, I have added a chapter, “Assessing and supporting the Family Caregiver” (Ch.9). This new chapter highlights GCM’s important role in building this desperately needed platform for drowning family caregivers. Why are they drowning?
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Cathy Cress, author of Handbook of Geriatric Care Management, Third Edition, looks deeper into GCM and the possible need for professional mediation:
Have you ever thrown up your hands with an aging, dysfunctional family and considered a mediator? Based on Stanford attorney and professional mediator, Dana Cutis’s breakthrough new chapter, “Mediation: The GCM as the Accidental Mediator” in the Handbook of Geriatric Care Management, 3rd edition, there are main factors that can be identified in determining whether a geriatric should to recommend the services of a professional mediator. These factors include: difficulty of the family, degree of emotional conflict, and complexity of the problem. Below are some early indicators that these factors weigh in favor of mediation in the earliest stage of GCM consultation:
- Family members are focusing on their own needs to the exclusion of their older family member’s needs, therefore requiring the GCM to be such a strong advocate for the older family member that the GCM cannot facilitate family meetings as a credible accidental mediator.
Here is another thoughtful blog post from Bob O’Toole, contributing author to Cathy Cress’s Handbook of Geriatric Care Management, Third Edition.
Rethinking the Private Geriatric Care Management Business: A 3 Part Series, Part 1 by Bob O’Toole
In recent years, numerous entrepreneurs have ‘discovered” the eldercare market, determined it was a veritable gold mine and developed various business models to mine the mother lode.
In their May 26th, 2011, issue, Wall Street Daily Research published an article that described the eldercare services industry as “The Big Business of America’s Graying Population.”
“The business of caring for the elderly  is growing, as Americans’ busy lives and distant locations make it tougher to take on the hands-on care often needed for loved ones.”
Some have been successful; many have failed, losing –collectively- millions of dollars in the process.
The biggest mistake these spectacular failures have made is to assume that the market for eldercare services, such as professional geriatric care management and private duty home care services is huge.
Philosophical and Theoretical Perspectives for Advanced Nursing Practice, Fifth Edition
William K. Cody, RN, PhD, FAAN, Presbyterian School of Nursing - Queens University of Charlotte, North Carolina, North Carolina
ISBN-13: 9780763765705 | © 2013
Will Publish: 12/5/2011
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Rita Hammer, PhD, RN, BC, Quinnipiac University, School of Nursing, Hamden, Connecticut
Barbara Moynihan, PhD, APRN, BC, AFN, Quinnipiac University, School of Nursing, Hamden, Connecticut
Elaine M. Pagliaro, MS, JD, Connecticut Forensic Science Laboratory, Connecticut
ISBN-13: 9780763792008 | © 2013
Will Publish: 11/15/2011
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