And How Do They Help My Family?
Ensuring your aging loved one’s health and happiness is about more than just day-to-day caregiving –
it’s also about caring for you and your family through this difficult journey.
A geriatric care manager (GCM) fills the role an in-home caregiver simply can’t fill on their own. A GCM’s function is more comprehensive and includes communication with physicians and medical staff, determining the safest living environment for your loved one, managing personal caregivers and acting as a family liaison and support.
When Is A Geriatric Care Manager Required?
When determining if your loved one needs a geriatric care manager, consider whether any of the following scenarios describe their current situation.
- Your aging senior lives at home and requires personal caregiver support (anywhere from 4 hours per day to 24 hours per day).
- Your aging loved one is in the hospital and needs rehabilitation support when arriving home to return to their previous level of functioning.
- Your senior loved one lives in an assisted living facility or board and care home but still has difficulties at this level of care.
- Your aging loved one is transitioning on to comfort or hospice care.
- Your aging senior suffers from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease and demonstrates unsafe behaviors for living at home.
- Your aging loved one does not have family support nearby in the Los Angeles or Orange County areas.
What Makes Geriatric Care Managers Unique?
While geriatric care managers are health professionals in their own right, they often have experience and credentials in other areas as well. According to the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers, approximately:
- 35% of GCMs have nursing degrees
- 50% of GCMs have social work or counseling backgrounds
- 15% of GCMs have advanced degrees in areas like physical therapy
At Keen Home Care, our geriatric care managers have a combined total of 75 years of experience as well as credentials in multiple senior care fields including nursing, physical therapy and social work.
How Does A Geriatric Care Manager Help?
A geriatric care manager doesn’t just help your loved one experience a higher quality of life – they also restore peace of mind to your entire family through seasoned expertise and communication.
At Keen Home Care, our GCMs advocate on your loved one’s behalf while closely partnering with your loved one’s healthcare providers and caregivers, including:
- Primary care physicians
- Skilled home healthcare agencies
- Skilled nursing facilities
- Assisted living homes
- Board and care facilities
- Hospital staff
- Family caregivers
Our geriatric care managers are available 24 hours a day for any of your loved one’s urgent care needs, including accompaniment to the hospital to provide vital medical history to an emergency team.
Furthermore, if you or your family live far away, a geriatric care manager acts as your liaison, comforting and supporting your loved one and providing updates until you arrive. Your geriatric care manager will:
- Assist with the effects of dementia and related memory loss behaviors
- Screen, arrange and monitor ongoing in-home care or other vital support services
- Ensure continuity of care and comfort while your loved one transitions home after hospital stays
- Oversee household upkeep and maintenance
- Continually review, assess and refill all prescribed medications
- Collaborate with your loved one’s physicians to manage chronic diseases
- Coordinate comprehensive bill-paying services and fiduciary referrals
- Educate family caregivers to avoid “caregiver burnout"
Now that you know about geriatric care management, click below to learn which in-home care services your loved one needs – and which ones they don’t.