This week, guest blogger Cathy Jo Cress, author of Handbook of Geriatric Care Management, Third Edition and Care Managers: Working with the Aging Family asks,
Do you want to be a geriatric care manager (GCM)? Are you a GCM and want help in selling your GCM services? Are you a home care agency and want to add geriatric care management to your mix of services? Let’s look at what a geriatric care manager can do for aging families and consider why it is such a great service to add to an aging non–profit, Area Agencies on Aging, home health agencies, and even fiduciary services.
Geriatric care managers can help your clients:
- Save money by helping keep your parent out of the hospital and you off emergency long distance flights.
- Facilitate a family discussion of needs, resources, and division of labor among friends and family.
- Recommend ways to proactively prepare and plan for a parent’s possible health care crisis.
- Work on family cooperation to formulate realistic parent-care plans.
- Assess strengths and weaknesses of all of the potential caregivers.
- Help adult siblings resolve conflicts about care decisions.
- Help siblings act together in the best interest of the parent.
- Decrease the tension between hometown and long-distance siblings.
- Help the long-distance care provider deal with guilt and frustration that may result from their inability to provide more of the day-to-day care.
- Locate aging resources, no-cost through the Older Americans Act, in your aging parents’ area quickly and without you having to do it.
To find geriatric care managers, visit the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers at www.caremanager.com.