You might be preplexed as to what a Geriatric Care Manager actually IS. Is it a nurse who advocates on your behalf with doctors? Is it a Social Worker who coordinates insurance forms and skilled care? is it a lawyer who oversees payment and accountability? It's all three and more!
A geriatric care manager will have access to thousands of resources to find, screen and monitor everything from specialists to financial services for your health care.
It's a great optoin for adult kids trying to manage their parents' care from long distance. It's a great option for the aging who have been beset with an illness they did not count on.
Insurance companies claim they can help you select providers and navigate the system but their help stops where their benefits do. A geriatric care manager keeps working on all your needs throughout illness and wellness and beyond benefits.
Shop around for a good one, who can offer you a free home assessment and suggestions off the bat.
Yvonne Lederer is community affairs liason for Stamford-based Fairfield Family Home Care, which provides personal, non-medical home care.