"Geriatric Care Managers across the country work tirelessly to help aging family members and their caregivers navigate the healthcare maze."
Tucson, Arizona (PRWEB) May 03, 2013
The National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers will celebrate May 2013 as National Geriatric Care Managers Month by providing seminars, webinars and other special events to educate the public about the value they bring in helping people with health challenges, as well as their families.
"Geriatric Care Managers across the country work tirelessly to help aging family members and their caregivers navigate the healthcare maze," said Jullie Gray, President of the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers.
“We hope to help people better understand the work we do through the public education and awareness activities we have planned for May. We want the public to know that there are highly qualified professionals they can turn to for help,” added Ms. Gray.
What is a Professional Geriatric Care Manager?
Professional Geriatric Care Managers are specialized human service professionals advocating and directing the care of seniors and others facing ongoing health challenges. Working with families, their expertise provides the answers at a time of uncertainty. Their guidance and advocacy leads families to the actions and decisions that ensure quality care and an optimal life for those they love.
What Kinds of Services Do Professional Geriatric Care Managers Provide?
Professional Geriatric Care Managers provide a range of services including:
- Assessment - providing an independent evaluation of care needs, helping families gauge and select appropriate, effective services
- Coordination of care – monitoring care, facilitating smooth transitions from one setting to another, attending doctor appointments, and helping clients to achieve optimum care
- Communication – keeping family members and professionals informed as to the well-being and changing needs of the client, facilitating family meetings to discuss and help resolve concerns
- Social activities – identifying and coordinating opportunities for clients to engage in social, recreational, or cultural activities that enrich the quality of life
- Education - providing guidance around dementia care and a myriad of other topics related to aging
- Legal – referring to or consulting with elder law attorney, providing expert opinion for courts in determining level of care
- Financial– providing information about Federal and state entitlement programs and assisting with applications, referring to bill payer/fiduciary services, insurance coordination, accessing long term care benefits, partnering with trust officers and financial planners to meet client needs
- Safety and security – monitoring client at home, recommending technologies to add to security or safety, observing changes and potential risks of exploitation or abuse
Professional Geriatric Care Managers perform a comprehensive assessment and prepare a care plan tailored for each individual’s circumstances. They identify and engage local, cost-effective resources as needed.
To find a professional geriatric care manager in your community please visit the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers (NAPGCM) website: http://www.caremanager.org and click on “Find a Care Manager”.
The National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers (NAPGCM) was formed in 1985 to advance dignified care for older adults and their families. Geriatric Care Managers are professionals who have extensive training and experience working with older people, people with disabilities and families who need assistance with caregiving issues. They assist older adults who wish to remain in their homes, or can help families in the search for a suitable nursing home placement or extended care if the need occurs. The practice of geriatric care management and the role of care providers have captured a national spotlight, as generations of Baby Boomers age in the United States and abroad. For more information please visit http://www.caremanager.org