Some General Information About Geriatric Care Managers
September 13, 2014
A Geriatric Care Manager (GCM) is a specialist in the field of senior assistance and can help a great deal facilitating a higher quality of life for your aging mom or dad. They are degreed and certified with training in nursing, gerontology and psychology. And, sometimes more importantly, they have an intimate knowledge of cost effective and well recommended services in your area for continuing care. Their knowledge can be invaluable in maximizing your loved one's life experience and potential as they age.
According to gilbertguide.com, "Your GCM will begin by creating a customized senior care plan and assessment in order to determine the best course of action for your loved one, which will include an examination of overall health as well as social, emotional, and physical needs. Your geriatric care manager will then arrange the appropriate services to meet the needs of your loved one on a daily basis. Geriatric care managers continue to supervise the process, monitoring what's going on and amending the senior care plan as things change."
Basically, if you are feeling a bit overwhelmed with caring for your loved one, or you're doing almost everything on your own, with either other family members being unavailable or unwilling to to help, a GCM can be a life saver. Contact the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers to find out if a GCM is right for you and your situation at their website caregiver.org. There you can also do conduct a search to find reputable GCMs in your area.