In most cases, when a parent gets older, a child feels obligated to take on the role as a caregiver. This may be doable at first buy it can become overwhelming especially if the individual has a job and/or kids of their own to care for in addition to their elder. If this has happened to you, it may be time to look into hiring a geriatric care manager. A geriatric care manager, known as a GCM, is a professional in the health care industry that is trained to help family caregivers by assessing the needs to the family and the level of care needed. Reasons to hire a GCM include:
- Make smarter decisions – a GCM can assess your home and see if changes need to be made in order to benefit the senior you are caring for. They can help you figure out what the next step should be, whether it is to move them to a facility or acquire at home care.
- Help navigate the medical system – a GCM can attend doctors’ appointments with the senior and the family members to make sure everyone involved understands what the doctor is saying. This can also help you avoid hospitalization.
- Advocate for your loved one and supervise care. If you are going to look at a facility for your loved one, GCM can be an additional pair of eyes. This will also be helpful once your loved one is in the facility. They can pop in when you are unavailable and check on the care they are offering their residents.
- Overall, a geriatric care manager is there to keep your sanity. They will share your burden and help make these decisions easier on the family.
Experts in senior care management will help you make the best choices when it comes to your loved one. Having an expert on your side and on the side of your senior loved one is a great feeling during this difficult process. Some may be worried about the money associated, however, once you weigh the pros and cons, it is clear that the extra money is not an issue when it comes to giving your loved one the absolute best care there is.