This post is written by a guest author, Annie Bergeron who assists people with their housing needs after their families have grow and move from their homes. She aids people in the process of happy retirement and the best housing situation for them based upon their needs.
Baby Boomers it’s time for New Beginnings
Did you know that by 2011 most baby-boomers will be 65 or older? By 2030, about one in every five people will be 65 or older. Life expectancy of the baby-boomer has increased from 79 years to 84. So it is safe to say that there will be no shortage of senior citizens in the near future. This is not a bad development but one that needs to be prepared for.
In the media, internet and periodicals there is a vast amount of information about elder care, case management of seniors, placement, etc. The responsible person in the family trying to do the right thing by their aging parent or parents can get lost in this maze. Should my parent stay home, are they safe to drive, what is their competency level or ability to make safe decisions, so many questions and no direction as to where to go for answers.
So let me help you. My name is Annie Bergeron and I have a company called New Beginnings, Etc. In this article I will provide you with some very clear answers. The most obvious one is a Geriatric Case Manager. Just as one would seek an attorney for legal issues or a financial planner to safeguard their assets, every family with an aging parent should seek the assistance of a Geriatric Nurse Case Manager. We have the answers to all of the questions and know exactly how to navigate the medical, governmental agencies and local facilities design to care for seniors. So many families, especially those that live out of town try to arrange care by phone or come for a brief visit thinking that they have made all of the necessary arrangements. Upon arrival home they find that the situation is the same or worse. Families that live in town find themselves dealing with the same issues daily, neglecting both their personal and professional lives. Dealing with aging parents can be a full time job.
The children of the aging parent have to take other things into consideration. Even though we are grown, our parents still view us as the “kids.” The senior is more likely to take recommendations from an outsider informed in elder care as opposed to their children. After all, what do we know? The family of a senior is there for love and support while the professional makes recommendations and takes appropriate actions.
What does a Geriatric Care Manger do? These are just few of the services that we provide at New Beginnings, Etc. A Care Manager basically takes the senior at the level there at and guides them where ever they will be the safest and achieve optimal health. Some of the services provided are:
Comprehensive assessment to determine health care needs and level of care required.
Medical management post discharge from a hospital or skilled nursing facility to arrange home care, medication management and supervision of all healthcare providers to make sure client is receiving optimal care.
Placement services if the client desires to move or is medically necessary.
Act as Power of Attorney for Health Care if needed or requested.
Coordinate medical appointments and ensure compliance with the doctor’s recommendations.
Arrange legal or financial services.
Non-legal mediation to resolve family or neighbor issues that maybe compromise the senior’s health or well-being.
Develop short and long term plans for the aging parent that currently does not require care.
Hiring a qualified and licensed Geriatric Case Manager is the best choice for both the parent and their family. This will allow you to live your life in the way your parents would truly intend with the knowledge that your loved one is cared for. We at New Beginnings, Etc. are experienced Care Managers that truly love the work we do. Our backgrounds vary which serves to compliment our skills and abilities.
By the way, contacting a Geriatric Case Manager is not limited to just families. There are many of us that come in contact daily with seniors. Most may be independent and high functioning but for those that are not, a Case Manager would be one option especially when the individual has no family in town. Attempts to handle the situation would most likely be uneventful and extremely frustrating.
I am available for speaking engagements to further advance your knowledge in this area or call toll free at (877)510-1801. Additional information can be obtained from my web site at www.newbeginningsetc.com. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annie Bergeron, BSN, PHN, CCM
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