Estate Planning

Do I Need a Geriatric Care Manager?

As we age, so do our parents. If you are an adult child who has reached the point where you are now providing care for an aging parent, you may also be feeling a bit overwhelmed. No matter how well-intentioned you may be, caring for an elderly parent can become too much at times. According to a Carmel elder law attorney at Frank & Kraft, a geriatric care manager may be the solution.

Caregiver
Facts and Figures

If you are the primary caregiver for an elderly
parent (or other loved one), it may feel as though you are going through
something that no one else could possibly understand. At time, you likely get
frustrated, resentful, lonely, and just plain exhausted. As the following facts
and figures show, however, you are definitely not alone:

What
Is a Geriatric Care Manager?

A Geriatric Care Manager represents a growing service offering support to adult children who need outside assistance with care and personal management for their aging parents who live close by or far away. Often, children are still raising their own families and/or dedicated to a career that makes it difficult to also provide consistent care to an aging parent without help. Also referred to as Care Management or Aging Care Management, geriatric care managers are particularly useful in helping aging seniors find their way through the maze of long-term care services and issues. Here is a list of what a care manager might do:

  • Assess the level
    and type of care needed and develop a care plan
  • Take steps to
    start the care plan and keep it functioning
  • Make sure care
    is received in a safe and disability friendly environment
  • Resolve family
    conflicts and other family issues relating to long term care
  • Become an
    advocate for the care recipient and the family caregiver
  • Manage care for
    a loved one for out-of-town families
  • Conduct ongoing
    assessments to monitor and implement changes in care
  • Oversee and
    direct care provided at home
  • Coordinate the
    efforts of key support systems
  • Provide personal
    counseling
  • Help with
    Medicaid qualification and application
  • Arrange for
    services of legal and financial advisors
  • Manage a
    conservatorship for a care recipient
  • Provide
    assistance with placement in assisted living facilities or nursing homes
  • Monitor the care
    of a family member in a nursing home or in assisted living
  • Assist with the
    monitoring of medications
  • Find appropriate
    solutions to avoid a crisis
  • Coordinate
    medical appointments and medical information
  • Provide
    transportation to medical appointments
  • Assist families
    in positive decision making
  • Develop long
    range plans for older loved ones not now needing care

How
Do I Find a Geriatric Care Manager?

If you think a geriatric
care manager might be able to help you, finding one is fairly easy. A good
place to start is on the National Care Planning Council’s website. The NCPC
provides a listing service for families looking for care managers. There is typically a fee for an
initial assessment.

Contact a Carmel Elder Law Attorney

For more information, please join us for a FREE upcoming seminar. If you have additional questions or concerns about how a geriatric care manager might be able to help you, or about other elder law related issues, contact an experienced Carmel elder law attorney at Frank & Kraft by calling (317) 684-1100 to schedule an appointment.

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