How a Geriatric Care Manager and a Durable Power of Attorney Make Aging Easier

Do you know that more than half of all seniors over 85 have some form of cognitive impairment or dementia? That’s a scary thought for the elderly who live alone, and it’s even more frightening for those who care about them. A geriatric care manager and a durable power of attorney can work together to make everyone feel better about getting older.

In this case, a power of attorney is an agreement between you and your loved one that provides a legal framework through which you can act on the senior’s behalf. You can have as many or as few rights as your loved one chooses, from bill paying to buying and selling property. Surprisingly though, “general” powers of attorney stop just when they’re needed most – when the principal becomes incapable of making his or her own decisions. A “durable” power of attorney, however, does not end, and will ensure that your loved one’s wishes are carried out even if they become incapacitated.

Filing a durable power of attorney just makes good sense, as does having an unbiased third party to monitor the situation. A geriatric care manager can be that unbiased third party, being there to evaluate your loved one’s health and well-being, and provide status updates. You’ll always be assured that your elderly relative is receiving the best possible care, even if you can’t be there.

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Tim Colling
Tim Colling

Tim Colling is the founder and President of A Servant's Heart In-Home Care, which provided in-home caregiving services in San Diego County, and also of A Servant's Heart Geriatric Care Management, which provided
professional geriatric care management services and long term care placement services in San Diego County. Tim has more than 30 years of experience in management in a variety of industries. He held a Certified Care Manager credential from the National Academy of Certified Care Managers. Tim is also a Certified Public Accountant (retired), and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from California State University at San Diego. In addition to writing blog posts here for the Servant’s Heart blog, Tim also is a regular contributor to and to as well as blogs of other eldercare services provider companies. Finally, Tim is also the president of A Servant's Heart Web Design and Marketing, which provides home care marketing as well as website design and online marketing for those who serve the elderly and their families.

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