Geriatric Care Managers (otherwise known as GCMs) are people who help family members who have to juggle between full-time employment and caring for their elderly loved one. They can also be of great assistance in helping ease any burdens at-home caregivers might face, as well as helping them to find the right services that will best benefit them and their unique situation. If you are able, the services of a geriatric care manager should not be missed out on. Even so, many families don’t, but hiring a care manager can certainly be a great help to those family members having to tread the confusing, deep waters of elderly care—maybe for the first time. A care manager has often experienced this many times and can either expertly handle each situation or quickly adapt, whichever is necessary.
Care managers can help with a variety of things: assessing the level and type of care needed, helping with a care plan, arranging for legal services and financial advisors, and everything in between.
However, as we said above, not many choose to take advantage of these services, even if they have the option to do so. They only want to save money and do it themselves, when having a care manager would oftentimes save more money in the long run than simply trying to do everything on their own.
Ultimately, the final choice to make use of a care manager (or not) must be up to each individual family, according to the elder’s actual needs. Perhaps it is, indeed, more beneficial to do things on your own, depending on the situation, but it is also important to remember that these services are available to anyone who might be struggling, or who may soon be faced with tough decisions regarding the health and well-being of their loved ones.
Remember that caring for an older loved one can be tough enough to deal with on its own, and each new day can bring with it newer, more difficult challenges than the last. Oftentimes, family members have families of their own to see to, and everything can get more than a little overwhelming. You don’t have to deal with everything by yourself, and that burden you’re feeling can be eased by a care manager. And when the burden is eased, that’s better for everyone.
If you or someone you love needs assistance with Elder Care law issues, call 856-281-3131. Let us help ease your stress and give you a plan.