Do you live far from your parents? Or are you nearby but lead a tremendously busy life, with a career, children and parents who need care? If you fit either of these descriptions, you can benefit from geriatric care management.

What does a geriatric care manager do?

When your parents get older, you want to make sure they get all the services they can benefit from and everything they are eligible for. But how do you find these services? How do you figure out what would work best for them? Should they attend a day care center or do they need round the clock care? And if you’ve chosen day care, which center in your area is best?

It can be extremely time-consuming to find all the relevant information and overwhelming to try to make all these decisions yourself. That’s where a geriatric care manager comes in. Someone who is familiar with the ins and outs of caregiving (usually a nurse or a social worker) can help navigate the maze of elder care.

Geriatric care managers can help with a variety of issues, from housing, home care services, nutritional services, assistance with activities of daily living and socialization programs, to financial and legal planning. They also act as liaisons to family members who live far away, offer counseling and support, check in regularly and alert families when they spot a problem.

Do you need a geriatric care manager?

Only you can answer that question. But as a rule of thumb, if you are feeling overwhelmed or can’t solve a particular issue on your own, a geriatric care manager is a good choice. They often have experience and access to resources that the average person doesn’t have and this allows them to come up with solutions you might not think of. In some cases, you just need a go-between who can cut through bureaucracy and red-tape to get your relative what they need without aggravation.

Don’t be turned off by the extra cost – geriatric care managers often pay for themselves by finding solutions which save money in the long-run.