As the media covered the passing of Tim Russert this weekend, there were a few stories about how he coordinated care for his father back in Buffalo, after his Mother had died and "Big Russ" was in failing health. Tim pulled together an army of friends to stop by at different times and perform assigned tasks. Tim coordinated everything via his cell phone and also had some paid caregivers helping to fill out all the necessary shifts.
Managing all the care tasks needed for a parent, when you don't live in the same city, can present many challenges. This can be even more challenging if the senior has memory loss or is resistant to help in anyway.
This is when Care Management can be a huge help and a great relief. Geriatric Care Managers perform all the tasks a terrific adult child, with all the time in the world, would perform. And as adult children usually have jobs and obligations for their own children, it becomes impossible to be everywhere at once. As Care Managers are usually trained as Social Workers or Registered Nurses, they can quickly assess the situation and decide on the best approach for a plan of care. Some attorneys and therapists have also become trained as Care Managers.
Because families no longer always live in the same city, the Geriatric Care Management industry is growing rapidly and can be a welcome third party to manage care needs.