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    Author identifies need for mediation in Geriatric Care Management

    Posted by admin on Nov 11, 2011 8:12:48 AM

    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:

    1. 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.
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    Topics: Author, abuse, elder, elder care, family, Geriatric Care Managers, conflict, Cress, disputes, Ethics, GCM, Geriatric, mediation, Psychiatric

    Author Examines the Business of Private Geriatric Care Management

    Posted by admin on Nov 4, 2011 12:19:03 PM

    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 [1] 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. 

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    Topics: Author, elder care, elder services, Genworth, geriatric, business, Business plan, Cress, Geriatric, insurance, management, Management, market, O'Toole, private care

    Author Speaks Out On Eldercare Business Plans

    Posted by admin on Sep 29, 2011 10:24:43 AM

    Check out this interesting blog post from Bob O’Toole, contributing author to Cathy Cress’s Handbook of Geriatric Care Management, Third Edition.

    Understanding the Difference between “Need” and “Demand”:Don’t Base Your Eldercare Business Plan on the Growing Number of Those in Need of Caregiver Support

    "America is rapidly moving to a two-tiered system of long-term care services. One provides a range of high quality services for those who can afford to pay; while the other offers very limited services and often poor quality care. This is, perhaps, the major domestic issue facing Americans today and will loom larger as the impact of caring for a rapidly aging population becomes more urgent.

    It is tempting to look at the research data and conclude that the market for services to an aging population is vast. The National Alliance for Caregiving in collaboration with AARP published a study in November 2009 that estimates there are at least 43.5 million caregivers age 18 and over, equivalent to 19 percent of all adults, who provide unpaid care to an adult family member or friend who is age 50 years or older."

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    Topics: Author, Medicaid, elder care, geriatric, Government, medicare, Geriatric, Health care, health plans, retiree

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