Banking on care when we need it the most

By Shirley King

President, Del Mar

Community Connections

Bankers are not the only ones receiving bonuses these days. Many of us are receiving the bonuses of extra decades of life; however living longer requires more resources that can often be underestimated. Even if our long-term planning seems complete, there may be junctures of crises and the unexpected. What do we do when we hope to remain living safely in our homes through those years of increasing physical compromise and the unexpected occurs?

A geriatric care manager, usually a professional social worker or nurse, who is familiar with your community and its resources, is a very good consideration during those inevitable turning points. Having a plan of care developed by a care manager prepares a path for the necessary level of home care with the best integration of community services and those met through health coverage or long term care insurance. The identification of the most appropriate sources of care for the best value eliminates any haphazard decision-making — especially when grown children live far away and may be out of touch with the community and their parents' needs.

Del Mar Community Connections (DMCC) in its 10th year of serving Del Mar's seniors and those with special needs offers without charge the evaluation services of geriatric care manager, Darcy Mulholland, MSW. Del Mar's residents can simply call the DMCC office to request an appointment with Darcy. She will arrange a home visit to assess the unique needs of the senior client, and she will recommend alternatives for how those needs can best be met.

As a nonprofit organization working with Del Mar's senior population, it was important for DMCC to find a care manager for our residents who is familiar with our community and who is also connected to the larger network of services and providers. Darcy brings a rich background of care management in communities where residents have remained well supported in their homes. Her guidance helps our residents to access the broad range of options that are available from many trustworthy public and private resources.

DMCC's Care Management Program is funded through the kind contributions of local donors. The proceeds from the upcoming Jerry Finnell Memorial Lagoon Walk on Saturday, May 22, at 8 a.m. will be dedicated to the expansion of this program. Call the DMCC office at (858) 792-7565 to register for the walk and to learn more about Care Management services.

   
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