Professional Care Management for your Senior Loved One in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Staten Island and Nassau County.
Being a caregiver for an elderly adult can be fraught with unforeseen and challenging situations that many relatives are ill equipped to handle. Managing all the details and logistics required for situating an elderly parent either in their home after a hospital stay can be daunting for a child or senior spouse. That is when it is often a good idea to hire a professional geriatric care manager (GCM).
David York Agency has ties to many GCMs in the New York area and could recommend the perfect one to suit your needs. Since you will be working closely with this individual on critical personal decisions, personality chemistry is key in this situation.
GCMs are usually social workers, but they could be nurses or psychologists or someone in a geriatric health related field, that specialize in the care and problems associated with the elderly. They are certified through an independent agency to manage all aspects of the aging adult. They are totally familiar with Medicare, Medicaid, hospitals, rehab centers and home care through both private pay and long term care insurance.
GCMs can provide the all important continuity of care when there are multiple professionals to manage and/or when transitions need to be made. They can also provide useful input for resources pertaining to a specific health situation.
GCMs work as advocates for the geriatric patient in various settings and visit the client on a regular basis. They and their team are available 24/7 by phone to the patient and family for emergencies, updates and consultation and are always able to take charge when a problem arises.
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GCMs help with lining up proper housing, home care service, scheduling doctor appointments, as well as suggesting social activities. When close family members live far away, they are essential to oversee the daily care of the client.
Difficult interpersonal relationships often come to the fore at these times and an oft overlooked benefit of involving this type of third party professional is their ability to work through unpleasant family-to-family sticky situations should they arise.
GCMs are handy when a move is necessary which is often extremely stressful for an elderly person. They help with all the logistics of such a move including arranging for the physical packing up of all belongings all the way through to shutting off or transferring the utilities.