Professional Geriatric Care Managers In San Diego County Help Families

Geriatric Care Managers Help Promote Family UnityProfessional Geriatric Care Managers In San Diego County Promote Family Unity

The family unit is revered, fiercely protected, and even worshiped in some parts of the world. That’s because for thousands of years, human beings have recognized that living in a family is the best way to maintain not only the essentials for life—food, water, clothing, and shelter—but also the intangible quality of life that makes it worth living.

When this family unit is stressed by new demands and care needs, we feel disturbed and unsettled.  For such situations, there is help here in San Diego County: Professional geriatric care managers can help guide eldercare decisions by seniors and their families.

The Predicament of Seniors

Many seniors may begin to feel that they are in a tricky situation: They desperately want to continue living in their familiar surroundings, in frequent contact with their family or even living with family members. But the entire family, due to life’s responsibilities, may be unable to care for them adequately without outside help.

Sometimes it may appear that the best solution for the family as a whole is for the senior to move into an assisted living facility.  Seniors sometimes can feel selfish for insisting on continuing to live in their own homes and having to rely on their families for help with some tasks, to do so.

The Solution: Professional Geriatric Care Managers

Professional geriatric care managers (“GCMs”) help families preserve their unity, from the oldest family members along to the youngest. Professional GCMs have learned through education and professional experience how a family can balance the pressures of jobs, school, and care for aging parents in a way that is practical and enjoyable.

GCMss do this by (1) assessing the needs of the senior and then (2) coordinating the efforts of family, doctors, friends, and in-home caregivers effectively, so that no one person suffers an excessive financial or physical burden.

The Way it Should Be

With geriatric care management, families facing very difficult decisions often make the pleasant discovery that all they needed was professional advice and assistance. For example, they may not realize the difference that an in-home caregiver’s help can make, filling in the gaps when family members aren’t at home.

GCMs can go to doctor’s appointments with clients as their advocates and professional advisors.  GCMs also can provide advice on safety and health issues, concerns that families often need advice about but don’t know where to turn for help. Geriatric care managers are experts at assessing and planning for seniors care needs and then arranging for those plans to be carried out, including getting families into a care routine that fits into everyone’s schedule and budget. With GCMs’ professional help, families can function the way they were meant to—smoothly and happily.

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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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