WHAT IS GERIATRIC CASE MANAGEMENT?
A Geriatric Case Manager is a specialist in the health & human services field who has experience in assisting families who are caring for older relatives. A Geriatric Case Manager has training and experience in a variety of areas related to case management which could include but are not limited to social work, psychology, gerontology, or nursing. A geriatric case manager specializes in issues related to aging and eldercare.
A Geriatric Case Manager assists the older adult and persons with disabilities in attaining and maintaining their maximum independent functioning. They can act as a resource and liaison for families who are long-distance caregivers.
WHY DO I NEED A GERIATRIC CASE MANAGER?
Trying to arrange, coordinate and monitor services for a loved one can be confusing and time-consuming. Many families no longer have the time or expertise to evaluate all of the possible services available to their family members.
Often times the problems that your loved one is facing become more complex than you can comfortably handle or the increased demands in your own life are such that you are no longer able to provide the desired or needed level of supervision.
Geriatric case managers have knowledge of aging issues such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Stroke, COPD, and Heart Disease. They bring experience in working with community resources as well as community social workers, attorneys, nurses, advocates, and other elder care professionals.