Finding a Good Geriatric Care Manager

Find a Geriatric Care Manager to help with needs of the elderlyOver at BusinessWeek, Lauren Young has a helpful article about how professional geriatric care managers can help families and how to find a good care manager for your own parents. She says, “…care managers oversee many things busy or far-flung family members might not be able to stay on top of: vetting nursing homes and assisted living facilities, overseeing home health aides, providing guidance about applying for federal, state, and other benefits. They may also tend to more day-to-day tasks, like making sure that rugs in a parent’s home don’t slip and that refrigerators are stocked.”

Young goes on to say, “They often have some background in nursing or social work. Linda Fodrini-Johnson, president-elect of the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers, estimates that 35% of the group’s 2,000 members have nursing degrees and 50% have social work or counseling backgrounds...When choosing a care manager, find one with experience dealing with issues similar to those of your relative. If a parent has a complicated medical history, consider hiring someone with a nursing background to coordinate care among doctors, who often don’t talk with each other, says Julie Davis, managing editor of Parentgiving.com, a caregiving Web site. And make sure there is good chemistry with your family.”

At A Servant’s Heart, we offer both social workers and nurses to serve as care managers. We believe that having both disciplines on the team is the best approach, so that we can offer the best focus for clients’ needs.

See the entire article at The Elderly: Finding a Good Geriatric Care Manager

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Originally posted 2010-08-30 13:00:06.

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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 HealthLine.com and to FamilyAffaires.com 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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