One of the newer trends in care giving is hiring a geriatric care manager.
Realizing the need to coordinate the multiple layers of care that are required, social workers, counselors and nurses have created a new field in geriatrics over the last 10 years: care management.
Besides meeting the needs of their parents, they are address the baby boomers needs who are caught in long distance care giving as well as being a part of the sandwich generation.
Here’s What Geriatric Care Managers Can Do
• Conduct an assessment of your parents to identify the kinds of care your parent needs.
• Determine eligibility for various services, contact the services and take care of the paperwork.
• Interview, arrange and monitor home care workers.
• Provide referrals to other geriatric professionals and set appointments for geriatric assessment.
• Arrange for transportation to and from appointments and services
• Provide counseling for the parents and their children
• Oversee the moving of your parents from their home to an assisted living facility or nursing home.
• Analyze financial, legal or medial information so that family members understand their options.
What Do Geriatric Care Managers Charge?
Currently, the cost of such management is not picked up by insurance companies, so the fees charged by a geriatric care manager come out-of-pocket. Despite the cost, it is possible for a geriatric care manager to save you money because they will know the types of aid that your parent will qualify for, understand the ins and outs of Medicare and Medicaid and have access to community services that your parents will need.
Fees go from $50 to $150 an hour depending the managers credentials and experience.
Questions To Ask Before Hiring A Geriatric Care Manager
• What services do you provide?
• What are your credentials? What licenses do you hold?
• How long have you been providing care management services?
• How long have you been practicing in the community?
• Do you have any affiliations and membership in community organizations?
• Are you available for emergencies?
• What can I expect to learn from your initial assessment?
• How do you the services you recommend that are high quality?
• How do you communicate information to me?
• How often will you have face-to-face meetings with my parent?
• How many cases do you handle at a time?