Should I Hire A Geriatric Care Manager?
Should I hire a geriatric care manager?
Many families may ask the same thing. After all, it never hurts to have help from a professional. But what does a geriatric care manager do? Is it worth it to hire one to help with your aging loved one?
Geriatric care managers support families with aging parents in several ways. For one, they coordinate care and find resources and services that their loved ones need. On the other hand, they oversee many of the moving parts involved in caregiving, such as:
- Helping families with federal and state benefits applications
- Managing caregivers
- Vetting nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, or assisted living facilities
Generally, geriatric care managers tend to be social workers, nurses, gerontologists, and counselors. They are helpful for long-distance family caregivers or those caring for someone with dementia or complex healthcare issues.
In addition, many geriatric care managers assist 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 between $100 to $250, but you may not need many hours to get the assistance 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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