November 19, 2019
Family care providers recognize that navigating the journey of choosing appropriate care resources for an older adult can feel like trying to get across the ocean in a rowboat – blindfolded, and blindsided by the buffeting surf and winds. The likelihood of arriving safely and securely to your destination are fairly slim without having the appropriate tools, and an individual to guide you in the best way to utilize them.
That’s where a senior care manager (also referred to as an aging life care professional) can step in and save the day. Geriatric care managers are specialists in the many complexities of the aging process, available resources, resolution of issues pertaining to family dynamics, and much more.
Available for short-term consultations up through and including full-time support, there are a few key times when a geriatric care manager is especially invaluable:
- Distance separates you and your family member. Residing in California while your aging parents are in Missouri, even with today’s technology, makes it hard to make certain they are thoroughly looked after and safe. A geriatric care manager can provide supervision of care, regular visitations, and help with decision-making.
- A challenging behavioral issue is at play. When a senior is challenged by dementia or any other diagnosis that creates behavioral concerns, a geriatric care manager can be a fundamental piece of the older adult’s care team, providing information on recommended specialists and helping to find a remedy to troubling behaviors, which can include aggression, wandering, or sundowning.
- The older adult will not open up about health issues. Older adults commonly want to protect their children from added worry, and as a result, withhold vital health information – but are often open to talking with an experienced geriatric care manager about their worries.
- There are living condition concerns. For instance, if a senior loved one lives in an assisted living community that refuses to allow you to hire a personal caregiver when additional help is necessary, a geriatric care manager can provide extensive details about both the community itself and your state’s relevant laws, and can help mediate a resolution.
- You’re just at a loss. Choosing the very best care solution for aging parents could be tricky, also it’s common for members of the family to feel unsure about what the most beneficial solution will be. A geriatric care manager provides you with what your options are, and what the advantages and disadvantages might be for every option.