How can a Geriatric Care Manager help me?

A Geriatric/Aging LifeCare Manager (GCM) is a health/human service specialist who helps families who are caring for older relatives. They are trained and experienced in any of several fields related to care management, including areas such as nursing, gerontology, social work, or psychology, with a specialized focus on issues related to aging and elder care. Professional GCMs are certified, and committed to adhering to the industry’s Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. The Option Group requires GCMs to attend continuing education classes to stay abreast of the most current information to help families make critical decisions. The Option Group is an advocate for clients and their families.

A GCM assists older adults and persons with disabilities in attaining their maximum functional potential. In addition, the Geriatric Care Manager is an experienced guide and resource for families of older adults or those with chronic needs including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, or those exhibiting symptoms of dementia.

When families look for help from a Geriatric Care Manager, it’s often at a time of turmoil, transition, or crisis. A Certified Geriatric Care Manager can help sort out the issues quickly and professionally, to increase safety for the senior, and afford the family peace of mind.

Seniors and their families will also benefit from working with a GCM before their lives reach a point of crisis. The GCM can help identify areas of concern, assess the needs and desires of the senior and the family, coordinate appropriate services earlier, therefore extending a senior’s ability to age in place. This foresight and pre-planning will allow for the availability of many more options for the senior and family, and potentially avert some of the crises experienced by many frail elderly and their caregivers.

The services offered by a GCM help the family find better and more efficient ways of providing care for a loved one. It is no different than hiring an attorney to help with legal problems or an accountant to help you with tax problems. It is a good idea to seek professional advice for legal or tax problems and makes just as much sense to use a care manger.

Where do I Start?

When families look for help from a Geriatric/Aging LifeCare Manager (GCM), it’s often at a time of turmoil, transition or crisis. A Certified Geriatric/Aging LifeCare Manager can help sort out the issues quickly and professionally to increase safety for the senior.

Seniors and their families, however, will also benefit from working with a GCM before it reaches a point of crisis. They can help Identify areas of concern, coordinate appropriate services earlier, and can help extend a senior’s ability to age in place. A GCM will help you put together the “puzzle” of navigating longevity and simplifying the complex process for seniors and their families.

This foresight and pre-planning will allow for the availability of many more options for the senior and family, and potentially avert some of the crises experienced by many frail elderly and their families or caregivers.

It’s essential to identify a GCM who is certified through the only certifying body, ALCA, Aging Life Care Association.  In doing so, you can be assured that they have a specified level of competency, education and experience to provide the most optimum service for Best Practices and better outcomes.

Giving Seniors the Options They Deserve

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Care Management Services

  • Client Advocacy
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Long Distance Caregiver Coordination
  • Assistance with Identification and selection of alternative living situations
  • Care Coordination
  • Eldercare Counseling and Support
  • Family Liaison and Caregiver Support/Coaching
  • Ongoing Monitoring and Reporting
  • Status Reassessment
  • Move Coordination
  • Family Consultation and Mediation
  • Individual and Family Assessments
  • Care Plan Development and Implementation
  • Resource Development
  • Coordinate Community Resources
  • Consumer Education
  • Dementia Engagement Activities Program
  • Cognitive Assessments
  • Facility Placement
  • Home Safety Evaluations
  • Medical Appointment Coordination

Cost Saving Benefits of Using a GCM

Identifying various solutions to extend the ability to age in place in lieu of the more expensive long term care option. Recommend live-in care, when appropriate, in place of more expensive shift care. Finding free or low-cost products and services that may be available in local communities. Understanding today’s medical system can save clients money while ensuring the appropriate level of care.

Making the Most of Insurance and Resources

Ensuring that secondary insurance had been given and billed for medical bills coming to a senior’s home. Avoiding paying unnecessary
bills. Realizing benefits from public programs including those from Veterans Administration (VA) benefits and from programs like Medicare
and Medicaid. Helping clients enroll in the most appropriate Medicare Part D (pharmacy benefit) plans for their state.

Avoiding Expensive Duplication

Ensuring that seniors aren’t paying for duplicative insurance, aren’t donating repetitively to a charity, or paying for multiple services that are similar. Make sure they aren’t buying duplicate clothing or food items, if the senior forgets what they already have in the home.