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When you need help with Elder Care, Choose an Elder Care Consultant

Updated on April 23, 2012

Elder Care at Home; How Can an Elder Care Consultant Help Me

Most elders and their families are unaware of the services available to elders or how to access these services.

Elder Care Consultants play an important role in providing access to services for families. Whether a family is in crisis or transitioning it is important to understand and take advantage of the resources available through various agencies.

Elder Care Consultants typically work within the communities they serve and are familiar with programs and services offered by agencies such as Department of Human Services, Area Agencies on Ageing, In Home Care Agencies,Churches, Non-Profit Agencies, Veterans Affairs and Retirement Communities.

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Geriatric Care Managers

What is a Geriatric Care Manager?

Geriatric Care Managers specialize in health and human services and work with families caring for older adults. Geriatric Care manages are professionals trained in specific fields such as nursing, gerontology, psychology and social work with a focus on the dynamics of ageing.

Geriatric Care Managers follow a person centered approach toward helping elders work through functional and mental declines associated with the ageing process, helping clients reach their full functional capabilities. Geriatric Care Managers work with families to create supports through chronic illnesses such as Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

What services do Elder Care Consultants provide

Elder Care Consultants provide an array of services for their clients and families.

  • Assessments and care planning
  • Arranging and monitoring in-home care services
  • Reviewing financial, medical and legal issues
  • Planning for future needs by reffering to specialists to reduce costs
  • Aid families to support their loved one from a didtance
  • Crisis management
  • Communicate with families to advise of current and future care needs
  • Help with relocation

How do I find an Elder Care Consultant

The National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers is a good place to start


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      Mike Elzner 3 years ago from Oregon

      Thanks for dropping by Chris. Geriatric care managers often see care needs others may not and understand complex family dynamics.

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      Christina Scheltema 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      I am a family caregiver, taking care of my 3rd elder. I've found geriatric care managers to be extremely helpful over the years. I typically bring in a care manager for an assessment and consultation, to make sure that I'm not missing or overlooking something that could benefit my loved ones. I am currently using a geriatric care manager to serve as a bridge between my uncle and his family. Sometimes he's more open and honest with her than he is with me.

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      Mike Elzner 5 years ago from Oregon

      I agree, the choices are limitless and many of us baby boomers do not know where to start. Thank You for your work!

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      Mike Elzner 5 years ago from Oregon

      Thank You Jim. Great Idea!

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      Jim Durham 5 years ago

      There is no substitute for professional help. That is for sure. But the family can stay involved by monitoring the care received using icareinsite's ( reports. These reports are easy to understand and modestly priced.

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      Jacqueline O'Doherty 5 years ago

      Many Patient Advocates also specialize in Geriatric Care Management. This is especially useful for older adults who have multiple medical illnesses and need an advocate to guide them through our complex medical system.The patient advocate will ensure the patient understands the diagnosis, prognosis and treatment options, giving the family peace of mind knowing their loved one is getting the proper care.