I visited a networking breakfast last week and learned something new!
Do you know what a Geriatric Care Manager is?
I do, but I didn’t know what sets them apart from other long term care professionals. I recommend Geriatric Care Managers to many of my clients because I know how valuable it can be to have someone who knows the situation with an older relative BEFORE another crisis arises.
The speaker, Carole Lindsey from Silverado At Home here in the San Diego area, explained the difference between a care manager and a typical case manager that most hospitals provide. These two are commonly confused. Case management occurs at the hospital or doctor’s office and ends once a patient goes home. Case managers coordinate patient progress and typically determine if a patient has met their goals at a hospital or skilled nursing facility and are ready for discharge home.
So what does a Geriatric Care Manager (GCM) do?
A professional GCM is a health and human services specialist who helps families caring for older relatives. The GCM is experienced and typically holds a Master’s level degree in any of several fields related to care management, including nursing, gerontology, social work, or psychology.
Geriatric Care Managers are trained to manage the family dynamics, and act as the unbiased third party to help families resolve challenges. They know how to marshal care resources and help create a plan for the family members and care givers to follow. They are on-call for emergencies. Sometimes, they accompany clients to physician’s appointments when family members are not available or live far away. They act as a family liaison with medical professionals. In other words, they “speak the medical community’s language” and can coordinate patient and family needs.
Formal documentation is typical and frequently required to satisfy updates for conservators, attorneys or trustees and family members acting as agents for the clients. A GCM provides a written assessment and recommendations, long-term planning and resources to all parties involved. Many times, their services are paid for by the patient/family, although it may be covered by Long Term Care insurance.
There are more resources to help you navigate the maze of long term care on our Senior Care Providers listing, as well as tips on How to Choose a Nursing Home or Assisted Living Facility.
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