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New Year's Resolutions for The Aging - Geriatric Care Manager

New Year's Resolution for the Aging: Geriatric Care Management - leave the details and headaches to THEM!

You might be preplexed as to what a Geriatric Care Manager actually IS. Is it a nurse who advocates on your behalf with doctors? Is it a Social Worker who coordinates insurance forms and skilled care? is it a lawyer who oversees payment and accountability? It's all three and more!

A geriatric care manager will have access to thousands of resources to find, screen and monitor everything from specialists to financial services for your health care.

It's a great optoin for adult kids trying to manage their parents' care from long distance. It's a great option for the aging who have been beset with an illness they did not count on.

Insurance companies claim they can help you select providers and navigate the system but their help stops where their benefits do. A geriatric care manager keeps working on all your needs throughout illness and wellness and beyond benefits.

Shop around for a good one, who can offer you a free home assessment and suggestions off the bat.

Yvonne Lederer is community affairs liason for Stamford-based Fairfield Family Home Care, which provides personal, non-medical home care.

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downtownie January 03, 2013 at 08:03 PM
Geriatric Care Managers certainly can be a tremendous help in caring for aging family and friends. But this is a new field, so be very, very careful. Yes, there is some organization that "certifies" GCMs, but, from our experience, it means nothing. The first GCM we engaged came highly recommended and was "certified". It was a complete and utter disaster. She spent a small fortune bringing in people to do this and that - completely unnecessary (lesson 1 - be mindful of what your contract authorizes her to do). We came to suspect she was getting a kickback, especially after it slipped out that her husband had recently lost his job and they were in the middle of building a house. She used an agency that placed Eastern Europeans who seemed to be primarily economic refugees and were not well trained for the task at hand (I could write a book about this alone). She was completely insensitive to the needs and personality of the care-receiver and went a long way to making a difficult situation far, far worse, in the course of just a couple of weeks. We then engaged a GCM through Waveny. What a difference! Within the first 10 minutes of talking with the new GCM, it was clear she knew what she was doing. I'd start to talk about the situation, and she would finish my sentence. She knew exactly what we were going through, and what to do. Be careful of the lone wolf operations! This is an unregulated field.
Yvonne Lederer January 04, 2013 at 01:40 AM
Wonderful comment! YES!! Let's get this thread going!! DO NOT HIRE JUST ANYONE!! Make sure they are vetted by Staying Put, or Aging in Place or another organization. I also recommend Waveny, Sterling Care Geriatric Care Management, or CarePlanners. Wonderfully smart people involved in all these organizations. And always remember that "certification" means nothing if their is no company accountability to back the individual. Good show!

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