Geriatric care managers provide critical assistance in navigating the aging process

Special to the Business Times

There are currently 43.5 million Americans caring for a relative over the age of 50, according to the Family Caregiver Alliance. Many of these caregivers are over the age of 50 themselves. Approximately 10,000 baby boomers hit the age of 65 each day becoming both caregivers and those in need of care. As people continue to live longer than ever, experts predict this could be the first generation that cares for its parents as long as it cared for its children.

            The good news is that there are more senior care options available than ever before. However, navigating these choices can be confusing, stressful, and time consuming. A situation that is further complicated as families often wait until they are faced with a health crisis or other major change before seeking services or help. Hilltop’s Home Care recognized a need in the community for help navigating the aging process, both from the family’s and the senior’s perspective. Geriatric Care Managers have become an indispensible and critical first step in helping people face the complex issues of aging.

            Geriatric Care Managers are experienced problem-solvers. They provide in-depth assessments, home safety evaluations, service coordination, and ongoing monitoring for seniors and their caregivers. Care Managers are adept at building personal relationships with clients, and finding solutions that meet the needs and desires of those they serve. Often the concerns of family members and caregivers may seem to contradict the wishes of their loved ones, resulting in emotional conflicts. In these cases, the Geriatric Care Manager has the ability to act as a neutral third party, circumventing the emotions involved to arrive at a solution that works for everyone.

            Building trust and relationships is key for Geriatric Care Managers. The relationship can be short term or long term, but the goal is always to meet the needs of the senior and their caregivers. Care Managers will evaluate all available services in the community and make unbiased recommendations. These recommendations will also reflect the full range of senior life options, including independent, home care, medical and senior living communities. Geriatric Care Managers can also play a valuable role in monitoring the ongoing needs of seniors when their family members live outside the area.

            Geriatric Care Managers often work with clients who are choosing to age at home, or in the care of family members. This provides unique challenges and opportunities that affect both the seniors and their caregivers. To meet these needs, Hilltop Home Care has developed a full range of services that allow seniors to remain safe and independent in their own homes.

            Companionship services can offer seniors the extra support they need while providing their caregivers with the flexibility and personal time they need. These services include providing conversation, monitoring of diet and eating, playing games, going for walks, and reading. For those needing personal care, services include assistance with grooming and bathing, incontinence care, transfer help, and medication reminders.

            Hilltop Home Care also offers a unique variety of home helper services, including downsizing and relocation assistance, escorts for shopping and errands, meal preparation, laundry, housekeeping, pet care, handyman services, home electronics and computer assistance, and more. In addition, Hilltop Home Care offers traditional medical services including skilled care staff, wound care, post-hospitalization and post-surgical care, in-home therapies, chronic disease management, and medication management.

            As the number of seniors and their caregivers grow, it is reassuring to know there are a wide range of quality care options available, and a Geriatric Care Manager can help you navigate your choices. For more information on Geriatric Care Managers and Hilltop Home Care, call 970-208-1345 or go to HilltopHomeCare