The responsibilities of a care giver of a loved one can cause overwhelming stress and frustration. It’s difficult if caregiving is your sole responsibility but for many, it’s not. Juggling work, everyday responsibilities, and caregiving is harder than ever to manage. A new profession called geriatric care management can be the simple solution you’ve been looking for. Geriatric care managers help to plan, coordinate, and manage the health care and other daily aspects of your elder one’s life. They help coordinate the necessary care to improve their quality of life and help them maintain their independence. Managers help coordinate everything from health maintenance to social activities so the elder individual can live their life to the fullest and caregivers can reduce some of their stress.
Care managers are trained in several different fields including nursing, social work, psychology, or gerontology. These professionals have focuses on aging and elder care. They can be helpful in many different tasks including care planning, monitoring their home situations, providing crisis intervention, and assuring communication between the family members involved. They can help review legal, financial, and medical issues to help the families make smarter decisions on behalf of their loved one. They help set-up doctor appointments and arrange the transportation needed to get there. They can also sit in on these appointments to make sure that the elderly client is following the doctor’s instructions. The list goes on when it comes to what geriatric care managers are capable of.
The education and training needed to become a geriatric care manager is not a universally followed process. Since it is a new profession, many of these individuals come from different (but similar) backgrounds and have a common focus on working in elderly care. These professionals typically have Master’s degrees in any of the above-mentioned fields such as psychology. Some states require licensing but again, it’s not a universal procedure. If handling financial aspects for clients, they must be bonded. Although education is highly important for this field, managers must have a legitimate compassion for elders and have a passion for working with them.
Senior care managers offer supportive services that improve the quality of the geriatric patient’s life by making smarter decisions in a cost-effective manner.