Is worthwhile to hire a geriatric care manager?
Many families may ask themselves the same thing: what does a geriatric care manager do? Is it worth it to hire one to help with my aging loved one?
There are several ways that a geriatric care manager assists families with aging parents. First of all, they coordinate care and find resources and services that their loved ones need. Second, they oversee many things for families. These include providing guidance with federal and state benefits applications, managing caregivers, and vetting nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, and assisted living facilities.
Generally, geriatric care managers tend to be social workers, nurses, gerontologists, and counselors. They are helpful for long-distance family members or those caring for someone with dementia or complex healthcare issues. Many can also help with day-to-day tasks such as making sure bills are paid, taking aging loved ones to doctor’s appointments, and so on.
You can hire a geriatric care manager privately or through an agency. You should know that Medicaid and Medicare do not pay for geriatric care managers. Usually, they receive private payment, using out-of-pocket money, or through long term care insurance.
Hourly rates can range from $100-250, but you may not need many hours to get the aid you need. Geriatric care management services are not cheap, but they provide peace of mind and ensure that your loved ones are getting the care they need.
Despite the price, hiring a geriatric care manager makes caring for an aging loved one more manageable and less stressful. This is especially true for families that live far away or lack the time or expertise to manage their loved ones’ care on their own.
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