Coordinate Care: Geriatric Care Managers
When caring for a loved one things can get complicated quickly.
You want them to receive the best care. But you also need to manage expenses, schedules, your own health, and everything else going on in your life. As logistics become tougher to coordinate, there are many options to turn to for help.
Consider reaching out to a geriatric care manager.
If you’re wondering what exactly a geriatric care manager does or how much it would cost, don't worry! We'll go over all that in this post.
What is a geriatric care manager?
A geriatric care manager is a healthcare professional trained in a variety of fields. This includes social work, psychology, and gerontology. Some have experience in other professions such as nursing or law. A care manager serves as a coordinator for all the services your loved one needs. They're also a consultant for costs, insurance, and many other overwhelming aspects of senior care.
Geriatric care managers also often assist caregivers who may live miles away from their parents or who have children to care for as well.
What are the benefits?
Finding care for an elderly family member is a lengthy process. It can be difficult to schedule appointments, manage medications, and ensure the physician's directions are followed. A general care manager can be helpful in making sure your loved one avoids hospitalization by helping them with these clinical aspects of care.
They can also be extremely helpful in coordinating care outside of the hospital or doctor’s office.
Senior care and home care are becoming more and more accessible. However, there are many aspects of care to coordinate. Not to mention all the choices to make for your parent, relative, or friend.
A geriatric care manager not only explains the different types of care available, but also recommends which would be most appropriate for your unique situation.
Should I find home care or look into assisted living facilities? Should I seek out personal care, companionship care or skilled nursing?
With the help of a care manager, you can make a decision easier and faster, saving your family both time and money.
Geriatric care managers also can also recommend legal and financial professionals. When looking for a general care manager, make sure to note if they have access to a network of other professionals. Elder law attorneys, financial advisors, and insurance counselors all work closely with care managers to make life easier for you and your loved ones.
What will it cost? Does insurance cover a general care manager?
Currently, Medicaid and Medicare do not cover the costs of a care manager. This is also true for most part private health, life, and long-term care insurance. Fees vary from state to state, as well as by appointment type.
Initial consults are usually more expensive, but hourly fees range from roughly $50 to over $300 in some areas. While this may seem expensive, a one-time appointment could save you thousands of dollars over several years of caring for parent or loved one.
Of course, there are less expensive and even free options to consider when coordinating care. In the coming weeks, we will discuss other opportunities available for caregivers.