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 elderlyparent (or other loved one), it may feel as though you are going throughsomething that no one else could possibly understand. At time, you likely getfrustrated, resentful, lonely, and just plain exhausted. As the following factsand 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 leveland type of care needed and develop a care plan
- Take steps tostart the care plan and keep it functioning
- Make sure careis received in a safe and disability friendly environment
- Resolve familyconflicts and other family issues relating to long term care
- Become anadvocate for the care recipient and the family caregiver
- Manage care fora loved one for out-of-town families
- Conduct ongoingassessments to monitor and implement changes in care
- Oversee anddirect care provided at home
- Coordinate theefforts of key support systems
- Provide personalcounseling
- Help withMedicaid qualification and application
- Arrange forservices of legal and financial advisors
- Manage aconservatorship for a care recipient
- Provideassistance with placement in assisted living facilities or nursing homes
- Monitor the careof a family member in a nursing home or in assisted living
- Assist with themonitoring of medications
- Find appropriatesolutions to avoid a crisis
- Coordinatemedical appointments and medical information
- Providetransportation to medical appointments
- Assist familiesin positive decision making
- Develop longrange plans for older loved ones not now needing care
How Do I Find a Geriatric Care Manager?
If you think a geriatriccare manager might be able to help you, finding one is fairly easy. A goodplace to start is on the National Care Planning Council’s website. The NCPCprovides a listing service for families looking for care managers. There is typically a fee for aninitial 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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