What the “Fiscal Cliff” Means to Care Managers in Vista

GCMs Explain Fiscal CliffCare Managers in Vista Warn About The Effect of “Fiscal Cliff” on Seniors

Nearly every newscast includes some discussion of the impending “fiscal cliff”—the drastic spending cuts and tax increases that are scheduled to go into effect if Congress can not work with the President to pass a budget by the end of 2012. Many people assume that, since Social Security and Medicare are not part of those cuts, the elderly will be spared from hardships even if the spending cuts do go into effect. But care managers in Vista will warn you that plenty of important programs will lose funding, making it harder for seniors to get the help they need.

What Will Become Harder?

It’s true that Medicare and Social Security will remain unchanged even if the fiscal cliff can’t be avoided by Congress. But outside those two programs, the government funds many other senior assistance programs, such as transportation, meal delivery, and housekeeping services. Those programs would suffer hard hits, forcing family members to pay much higher fees if they want their loved ones to continue receiving them.

Preparing for the Worst

We hope that our lawmakers will be able to pass a better budget plan than the looming fiscal cliff, but if not, we will face some difficult decisions about our loved ones’ care. As a matter of fact, we should recognize that it is always prudent to have backup plans if our seniors depend on services like this for their health and safety. Who will supervise your parents’ prescription dosages, for example, if your regular at-home caregiver is unable to do so?

Geriatric Care Managers in San Diego County can Help

You can make the care of your loved ones more secure with the help of geriatric care managers. In San Diego County, life is busy for those in the “sandwich generation,” and necessary tasks can easily fall through the cracks. Talk to an expert care manager today to find out how they can help you keep your seniors healthy, happy, and safe.

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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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