Geriatric Care Management
What is geriatric care management
Geriatric care management also known as "elder care management", "senior health care management" and "professional care management" is the planning and coordinating care of the elderly and others with physical and/or mental impairments to meet their long term care needs, improve their quality of life, and maintain their independence for as long as possible.
It requires working with seniors of old age and their families in managing and referring various types of health and social in-home care services. Geriatric care managers accomplish this by combining a working knowledge of health and psychology, human development, family dynamics, public and private resources and funding sources, while advocating for their clients throughout the process of care. For example, they may assist families of older adults and others with chronic needs such as those suffering from Alzheimer's disease or other dementia.
Examples of geriatric care management
- Assisting families of older adults who have Alzheimer's disease or other dementia.
- Providing elderly people with medication management.
- Conducting care-planning assessments to identify needs, problems and eligibility for assistance.
- Screening, arranging, and monitoring in-home help and other services.
- Reviewing financial, legal, or medical issues.
- Offering referrals to specialists to avoid future problems and to conserve assets.
- Providing crisis intervention.
- Acting as a liaison to families at a distance.
- Making sure things are going well and alerting families of problems.
- Assisting with moving their clients to or from a retirement complex, assisted living facility, rehabilitation facility or nursing home.
- Providing client and family education and advocacy
- Offering counseling and support.