Question: “My elderly parents live in Oklahoma and I live in Texas. I want them to move into an assisted living facility or to an elder adult community, but they want to stay in their own home. I have heard of Geriatric Care Managers, but I don’t really know how my parents would benefit from their services. Can you provide insight into how these elder care experts could perhaps help my parents stay in their home and help me not worry about them?”
Answer: Perhaps you’ve noticed memory loss, a decline in what your loved one is able to physically do or increased medical issues. This can be frightening, whether you live out-of-state, or nearby. Sometimes we think that having them move into some type of assisted living situation is the best or only solution, but that isn’t always the case. You and your parents can benefit greatly from the services of a geriatric care manager who can help you sort through appropriate options while considering your parents’ and family’s values. A geriatric care manager (Care Manager) is a health care professional who strives to offer objective information and alternatives to support the well-being, safety and independence of your loved one.
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