When a crisis hits, where do you start? You may still be in shock from the news. In addition, may not think clearly or have the perspicacity that you need.
If the situation and time permit, the Aging Life Care Association recommends calling on a reputable, certified care manager. A care manager such as those working under their code of ethics.
A Certified Geriatric Care Manager (GCM)can assist you in gathering information and then develop a plan of care. Long-distance family members find the assistance of a care manager especially helpful. The GCM will act as the emotional support for your parent and family members. They will assist until you or your family can arrive back in town. Care Managers, such as those at Careplan Geriatric Care Managers, are tuned into the legal issues, financial planning, and available housing options. Knowing reputable providers and having a current beat in the healthcare arena helps families to avoid bad decision making.
In a crisis situation, there will likely be medical questions, and confusion over Medicare and what it covers. A Certified Care Manager can explain the differences and the benefits of various insurance providers. Examples of these providers include Medicare, Medicare Advantage plans, Medicaid, Private Insurance, and Supplements.
In some cases, you may need to know how to plan for death, and how to cope with grief. The GCM can help to navigate this stressful situation and can provide the resources needed at the right time.
In all cases, the single best starting point is with a Certified Care Manager. One who is unbiased and has your best interests in mind from point of crisis. When in doubt call on a Certified Care Manager through the Aging Life Care Association. Generally, most charge no cost for the initial phone consultation.