Geriatric Care Managers

A private professional geriatric care manager helps to coordinate and manage the care of older adults. This is a fee-based service.

Geriatric care managers can:

  • conduct assessments to identify problems and eligibility for assistance-need services;
  • coordinate medical care, including physician contacts, home health and other necessary
  • screenings;
  • monitor in-home help;
  • review financial or legal issues;
  • offer appropriate referrals;
  • find community resources;
  • provide crisis intervention;
  • ensure everything is going well with the older adult and alert the family when it is not; and
  • assist in moving a senior from a retirement complex to a nursing home or personal care home.

How do you know if you need geriatric care management services? Here are some questions to consider?

• Are health problems making it challenging for you to maintain your independence at home? Would you like recommendations to help you remain in your own home?

• Does your family live a distance away from you, and so you find it difficult to keep track of all your doctor appointments?

• Do you lack information on community and support services to fit your needs?

• Are you having difficulty managing your medications?

• Would you benefit from someone arranging help for you to pay bills on time and keep track of finances?

• Are you a caregiver who spends a lot of time going to medical appointments with your loved one?

• Do you want peace of mind regarding appropriate healthcare for yourself and your loved ones?

• Would you like to decrease emergency room visits or hospitalizations?

• Do you need help coordinating household chores and personal care? Would you like someone to assist you or coordinate your care needs?

• Are you interested in Meals-on-Wheels or other home-delivered meals?

• Do you feel isolated?

• Would you like help with arranging transportation?

Information above provided by the Aging Institute: upmc.com/Services/AgingInstitute/resources-for-caregivers/Pages/default.aspx

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