Helping you navigate the complex needs of the aged.
Providing expert guidance with the complex challenges associated with the aging process and elder care.
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A Geriatric Care Manager (GCM) is a health care professional, educated and experienced
in assessing, planning, coordinating, monitoring, and providing services to
older adults, their families, and caregivers.
A GCM can be a valuable addition to the caregiving team to assist often overwhelmed caregivers with complex senior care issues and tasks. A GCM is knowledgeable regarding available community resources and adept at coordinating needed services to provide support and solutions in managing an older adult’s care.
The goal is to maintain dignity and optimize and maintain the quality of life for an older adult, as well as reduce family stress and caregiver burnout.
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How do Geriatric Care Managers help seniors and their families?
Provide information regarding federal and state
entitlement programs - Title XIX, Medicare Savings Program
Connect to available local, state, and special interest programs and assistance.
Assess cost effectiveness and sustainability of plan of care.
Determine in home care needs and coordinate resources that
can meet those needs.
Assist with hiring and monitoring caregiver services.
Provide home safety assessment.
Make referrals and consult with elder law attorney.
Provide expert assessment of level of care needs and mental status for long term planning, probate.
Individual and family counseling - Facilitated family conversations
Comprehensive assessment of older adult, home environment, plan of care, and resources.
Locate appropriate housing options - nursing home placement
Provide assistance with evaluating housing/care needs.
Investigate housing availability, licensing, and level of care - application completion.
Attend medical appointments in order to facilitate
communication on older adult’s behalf, advocate, and provide active role in health care decision making.
Provide information and recommendations regarding changes in care to patient, family and physician.
Provide understandable and simplified directions for older adult to follow based on doctor recommendations.
Act as a Liaison with community resource agencies, medical professionals, nursing agencies, and facilities
Coordinate attendance and participation in appropriate social activities.
Identify social, recreational or cultural activities to improve quality of life and decrease social isolation.
Karen Thorpe is a Licensed Clinical Level Social Worker with over 25 years of clinical and case management experience working with the elderly and their families. She is the founder and owner of ElderCare Connections which specializes in all facets of management for the elderly including dementia care, physical and mental health issues, hospice, case management, care giver resources and stress reduction.
Karen’s career has been devoted exclusively to work in the geriatric field. Her experience has been diverse, including work in various settings including, nursing homes, home care agencies, and hospice. Experience includes work in clinical, supportive, direct care, case management and administrative roles.
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*ElderCare Connections serving all areas of Connecticut.
office is located in, Southbury, CT
88 Main Street S. A205 Southbury, CT 06488
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