REPORT: Geriatric Care Managers Help Families Find Ideal Care in the Face of Alzheimer’s Disease
By Colleen Van Horn RN, B.S.N., PHN, CCM, INNOVATIVE HEALTHCARE CONSULTANTS
When we think of Alzheimer’s disease, we don’t often think about how geriatric managers can improve the quality of the lives of those around us. It’s certainly understandable – when Alzheimer’s is diagnosed, it permeates the individual and family in dramatic ways, and we often lose sight of how to cope with the disease.
In a new study, Alzheimer’s is once again in the spotlight, reminding all of us how deeply affective the disease can be. According to a recent article at the Chicago Sun-Times, we learn that Alzheimer’s disease is difficult not only on the individual and families, but for caregivers, too. And when caregivers are the family themselves, the strain becomes even harder.
Cognitive impairment is the strongest predictor of whether an individual will require future care in a home – far greater than cancer, heart disease or other common ailments associated with mature age according to the article. And when it comes to long-term care, families take on that responsibility due in part to budget and a sense of dedication to the individual. But as we learn that may not always prove to be the best choice.
“It’s astonishing,” said Marc Wortmann, executive director of Alzheimer’s Disease International, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. “What many…try to do is keep people away from care homes because they say that’s cheaper. Yes it’s cheaper for the government or the health system, but it’s not always the best solution.”
A recent world report by Alzheimer’s Disease International says that caregiving by family members is one of the most difficult undertakings when it comes to caring for an ailing parent. Family members must often quit their jobs in order to care for the individual which places great strain not only on the person but the entire family as well.
ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE: HOW GERIATRIC CARE MANAGERS CAN HELP
When a family member is diagnosed with the early stages of dementia, a geriatric care manager can be a lifesaver when it comes to helping with health care options. And, geriatric care managers are trusted advocates for seniors and their families. Here are just some of ways a geriatric manager can help.
FIND SUITABLE CARE. When it comes to finding the appropriate care for your loved one, making a well-educated decision can prove difficult in the face of seemingly endless care options. A geriatric care manager in San Diego can help your family choose the very best option in care – whether it’s in-home nursing, part- or full-time day care, assisted living or more, a geriatric care manager can help your family make the best decision while considering all options.
ADVOCATE AND NEGOTIATE ON YOUR BEHALF. Families need someone on their side. A geriatric care manager can help you negotiate terms and conditions when it comes to placement or in-home care.
BE YOUR EYES AND EARS. When children of those affected by Alzheimer’s live far away, it is extremely difficult to travel to tend to an ailing parent. Geriatric care managers are your eyes and ears in this case; they can handle any crises on your behalf and act as the majority coordinator.
To understand in greater detail how a geriatric care manager can help your family, click here. The geriatric care managers at Innovative Healthcare Consultants have helped San Diego families find ideal care for their loved ones. Care Managers are registered nurses and have appropriate licensure through professional associations. Each manager is also well-equipped to handle your family’s case with a bachelor’s degree or equivalent training in gerontology, social work, nursing or counseling. Our geriatric care managers are also members of the National Association of Professional Geriatric Case Managers (NAPGCM). Find us online at http://InnovativeHC.com or feel free to give us a call at (760) 731-1334.
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