A Geriatric Case Manager will meet with the elderly patient, and communicate closely with the family. A comprehensive assessment is performed, allowing the care manager to understand the patient’s needs. Will he be able to live in his own home, unassisted? Will he need the assistance of in-home care? Will he be able to remain living independently at all? Perhaps assisted living is a safer alternative? Will he need any specialized medical equipment, such as home oxygen, a hospital bed, or hoyer lift? Will he need transportation home from the hospital, and to and from medical appointments? Who will be arranging the transportation? Will he need help refilling his medications, and will he require medication reminders? A Geriatric Case Manager will take all of this into consideration when performing a thorough assessment.
Once the assessment is complete, the care manager will prepare a “Care Plan.” This includes the results of the assessment, and recommendations to aid in the care and well-being of the patient. For example, recommendations can include in-home care, which could range from a part-time housekeeper, to 24/7 care by a reputable home care agency. It could include medication management services, physical therapy, speech therapy, or transportation services. The manager may make the recommendation for specialized medical equipment, such as a bedside commode, shower chair, chair lifts, or a glucose monitor.
The Geriatric Case Manager will arrange these services, which are tailored specifically to the patient’s desires and needs. The case manager also monitors these services and arrangements on a regular basis, and makes adjustments to the care plan as needed.
Abigail was given a list of reputable Geriatric Care Managers in her area, and now she feels a great sense of relief, knowing that she will not be facing the challenge of caring for her elderly father alone.
For more information on Geriatric Case Management: National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers