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,
This week, guest blogger Cathy Jo Cress, author of Handbook of Geriatric Care Management, Third Edition and Care Managers: Working with the Aging Family writes that,
Hurricane Beryl hit the east coast in May. More are expected on the Gulf and Atlantic coast this year, including Chris, Debby, Ernesto, Florence, Gordon, Helene, Isaac, and Joyce. Has your agency prepared? Recent disasters like hurricane Katrina in New Orleans have made it painfully clear that the elderly and disabled are at risk in an emergency.
Of course, the rest of the country has its share of disasters. For example, like me, you may be in a region where earthquakes can hit at any time. The mammoth tornadoes across the southern Mississippi valley last year show that disasters come in many forms. Hurricanes, terrorist attacks, and earthquakes may grab the headlines, but blizzards and floods can also obstruct the safe functioning of a professional geriatric care management agency.
Each disaster creates circumstances with specific and perhaps unique dangers and problems that require special attention. However, some general precautions will help you prepare for one of these events.
Guest blogger Cathy Jo Cress, author of Handbook of Geriatric Care Management, Third Edition and Care Managers: Working with the Aging Family writes that,
"NPR’s Morning Edition is doing a series called Family Matters. A new segment titled "Time to Move Grandma" featured Linda Fordrini Johnson, the former president of the National Association of Geriatric Care Managers (GCM). The GCM expert commented on using a GCM to help make the wrenching decision to move or not move an older family member from their home.
Fordrini Johnson referred to a checklist families can use when considering whether to move elderly parents. In the chapter, "Integrating Late Life Location- The Role of the GCM," in the 3rd edition of Handbook of Geriatric Care Management, Cathie Ramie and I offer an in depth checklist.
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.