Advise & Protect Geriatric Care Manager is a professional who has been educated in various fields of human services — social work, psychology, nursing, gerontology — and trained to assess, plan, coordinate, monitor and provide services for the elderly and their families. Advocacy for older adults is a primary function of the Geriatric Care Manager. An assessment from a Geriatric Care Manager is essential for the well-being of every elder. Simple risk prevention measures can avert unnecessary harm and improve the quality of life for your elder for years to come.
In Home Assessment: According to American Associations of Retired Persons (AARP), 6 out of every 10 falls happen at home where seniors spend much of their time and tend to move around without thinking about their safety.
First main task of the Geriatric Care Manager is to perform an In Home Assessment and advise on risks associated with the living environment. Thorough review of the home with the special attention to reconfiguration layout and fixtures is carried out to ensure safety, mobility and functionality of the living space.
Second task is to evaluate your senior's daily activities such as shopping, cooking, housekeeping and the ability to coordinate and keep appointments. The purpose is to assess whether an elder can function independently or needs elder care assistance.
Finally, the Geriatric Care Manager will create a Home Assessment Report which will point out the areas which require special attention and provide recommendations for reducing the risks of harm associated with your elder's everyday living.
Also, once the report is completed, Advise & Protect Senior Care Consultants can help you to mitigate and resolve all of these issues identified by the Geriatric Care Manager.
Medicaid, Veterans Affairs (VA): The wide spread misconception among seniors is that by working hard their entire life, they are automatically disqualified for government assistance programs; which, is not necessarily true. Each case is different. The Geriatric Care Manager will review your senior's financial and legal entitlements for government programs; such as, Medicaid and VA and assist with the application process for these benefits.
Long Term Care: When a senior is no longer capable of living alone, the need to move out is unavoidable. The Advise & Protect Geriatric Care Manger will advise on whether Assisted Living or a Nursing Home is more suitable to provide care for your elder.
The overall physical, mental, financial and family situation will be evaluated in order to identify the right environment and facility which will best meet your elder's specific needs. One wrong step can cause denial in coverage and cost thousands of dollars a month; therefore, it is important to seek professional help.
Mitigation: Relocation of a loved one is a very sensitive issue. It involves a discussion between an elder and the family regarding the decision to move out which must be brought up. Because elders are not ready to give up their independence, it becomes difficult to convince them to relocate to Assisted Living or a Nursing Home for their own benefit.
Recent surveys showed that seniors prefer to listen to and accept a recommendation from a professional rather than from a family member. Advise & Protect expert Geriatric Care Managers are trained to resolve these disputes between family members and the senior through a mitigation process. They will help seniors better understand the benefits of living in a community with other elders without relinquishing so much of their freedom.
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