Satisfying an Increasing Critical Need of the Aging Family: Geriatric Care Management

Today more than ever, families find themselves caring for aging loved ones, known today as the aging family.

Many of these aging families are overwhelmed with trying to manage the care of an aging loved one along with duties in their own lives, work and family.  In their attempt to manage the care of aging loved ones, stress, anxiety and feeling of being overwhelmed can all lead to “caregiver burnout”, pre-mature placements or re-hospitalizations of aging loved ones. Living out of state creates additional issues and concerns in managing the care of an aging loved one.

Satisfying an increasing critical need of the aging family is becoming progressively more prevalent today.  It is important that the aging family understand professional support services are available and can help immensely in the overall care management of their aging loved ones.  This professional support is Geriatric Care Management (GCM).  GCM is hired by the aging family or representative to provide specialized professional services focused on safety and well –being of the aging person via Geriatric Care Managers.

GCM helps the aging family to make decisions and implement solutions that provide assurance for quality of life and care for aging loved ones. This will reduce stress, anxiety, and feelings of being overwhelmed, taking time off work or away from their own families. GCM is able to do this by providing:

  • Comprehensive assessment and on-going monitoring
  • Care plan development, problem-solving with solutions
  • Advocacy, education and being a liaison
  • Family caregiver assessment and coaching
  • Relocation, level of care assessment and referrals
  • Implementing in home non medical assistance
  • Attending medial appointments to assure information is provide and gathered properly
  • Verbal or written up dates to families or representatives
  • And much more

Geriatric Care Managers are professionals who have graduate degrees in Social Work, Psychology, Gerontology or Nursing and are Certified or Licensed.

GCM is private pay, costs for these professional services range from $25 to $250 per hour as national averages and vary by geographical area.

Editor’s Note: This article was submitted by Valerie Rios, a Care Manager Certified with Aging Solutions Geriatric Care Management and may be reached at 801-615-9360 or GCM@agingsolutionsutah.com