Care-giving Long-Distance Made Easier with A Geriatric Care Manager

In the pandemic world we are currently living, long distance caregiving is further complicated by the litigation set in place to protect our most vulnerable population, the elderly.  Families and friends cannot see their older adult to know they are well and cared for.    

A Certified Care Manager and Aging Life Care Professional such as those at Careplan Geriatric Care Managers in Cleveland, Ohio are the essential healthcare professional you need, where you need it, when you need it.    Careplan is able to visit older adults setting eyes on them.  Careplan will also meet with the care team to address any questions or concerns. 

A Geriatric Care Manager realizes how difficult it is for long distance families to visit older adult parents during the pandemic.  Because it is difficult to travel right now, complicated by the fact that the best a facility may offer an adult child for visitation is a 15-minute window or patio visit behind a plastic shield, Careplan is there help.  Careplan like many other Aging Life Professionals (aka Geriatric Care Managers) will assess, advocate and provide the support needed to ensure the older adult is getting the care, socialization and support they need through onsite 1:1 visits.   

Essential for Sure!

Careplan’s licensed social workers are deemed essential and are able to work with the care facilities to ensure they are providing the care that the older adult pays for, expects and needs.    Careplan has worked for the last 20 years advocating for older adults assuring that facilities are following the Ohio Department of Health rules and regulations.  Careplan knows what is expected and what is far reaching.  Careplan visits facilities ensuring resident’s rights are being honored.  Careplan can then report back to the family, lawyer or other outside party. 

Careplan is passionate about advocating for clients that are declining due to social isolation brought on by this pandemic.  Careplan has written to Congressional Leaders including Congressmen, Senators, District Representatives, and the Ohio Governor.  

The Services Provided by A Geriatric Care Manger Makes a Difference

Careplan has recently received authorization to see clients at a particular assisted living.  The first visits with our clients were astonishing, the clients could not express themselves since being isolated for 3 months.  These clients could not make simple decisions and appeared bewildered.  They could not hold a conversation.  Careplan has been seeing these clients now weekly for one month providing psycho-social visits and advocacy.  These clients are now doing better cognitively as evidenced by being able to make decisions, eating better, and having social visits with me outside where we FaceTime with family around the world and locally.  Clients are using their brain power again and they feel like someone cares.   Careplan also advocated for physical therapy due to lack of exercise.  Advocacy is what GCM’s do best!

How Does a Geriatric Care Manager Care for Long Distance Loved Ones?

A GCM is an expert in assessing situations and developing a plan of care to promote wellness.  A GCM such as those that are members of The Aging Life Care Association are dedicated to making certain that an older adult is living life as independently as possible in the least restrictive environment. 

In today’s world it is common for families and friends to be separated by great distances.  At some point in the older adult’s life they will need an advocate to assist and help with navigating.  GCM’s help make the right decisions at the right time while considering healthcare needs, finances, and lifestyle. 

A GCM Will Help Answer Questions Such As:

  • Does the older adult need an Institution versus their home?
  • How do I choose a Home Care Agency?
  • Who can provide transportation?
  • How can I make sure Medications are being taken?
  • Would it be beneficial to have the GCM attend Medical Appointments so that family knows what is going on and to ensure the doctor has all the necessary information?
  • How do we afford care?  What if the older adult outlives their resources? Discuss difficult topics and complex issues
  • Make home visits and suggest needed services
  • Address emotional concerns
  • Make short- and long-term plans
  • Evaluate in-home care needs
  • Select care personnel
  • Coordinate medical services
  • Evaluate other living arrangements
  • Provide caregiver stress relief

GCM’s are specially trained professionals and can help find resources to make your daily life easier. They will work with you to form a long-term care plan and find the services you need.

Geriatric Care Mangers Sort Out Options Helping Long-distance Families To Make The Best Decisions

When it comes to making senior care decisions for a parent or senior loved one, it can be incredibly intimidating.   With a range of senior living choices offering everything from apartments to full-time care, in-home caregivers and rehabilitation, it can be overwhelming for families to research and understand which services their loved one needs – and when they need them.

That’s where geriatric care managers can help. They have extensive training on senior care options and can present a variety of options, helping families choose the living option that works best for their unique situation.

Geriatric Care Mangers Are an Unbiased Often Welcomed Addition

GCM’s are experts in their fields but have no emotional ties or family history to navigate. Their objectivity is valuable when it comes to navigating tough family conversations about the future of a senior loved one. 

The older adult client usually appreciates this outsider who has no reason but to provide their professional honest, unbiased recommendations. 

There When You Can’t Be

Acting as advocates and guides throughout the entire process, geriatric care managers, sometimes called “aging life care managers,” can help families be present at medical appointments, coordinate complex care plans, facilitate hard conversations and find residential care.  GCM’s can be a life saver for those challenging with living long distance.  To find and Aging Life Care Professional visit or visit Careplan Geriatric Care Managers for more information.