Family Resource Home Care Provides Quality Geriatric Care Management

In recent years, we’ve seen more and more integration of geriatric care management and home care.

Like the small town doctors of the past, whose support, caring, dedication and wisdom often transcended the practice of medicine, home care agencies have become a place families bring not only questions about home care, but also questions and concerns on a wide range of issues related to the challenges of aging. These questions include living arrangements, family dynamics, financial concerns, health issues, legal questions, and more.

Families often have the best outcomes when working with eldercare professionals who use the tools of geriatric care management

Professional care management is a client-centered approach to caring for seniors and/or the disabled. For a family who is caring for an older or disabled family member, the geriatric care manager serves as a guide and advocate. The care manager addresses issues that have been left undone or are causing stress, through targeted assessments of the senior, monitoring, planning and problem solving.

As a neutral party, geriatric care managers sometimes bring together parties who need help communicating due to the stress of family caregiving. Geriatric care management is especially valuable for the more complex situations where the family must consider a variety of options involving emotional, financial, health, life style, and care issues.

Family Resource Home Care has been at the forefront of this trend

Founder and CEO David Lawrence was one of the first home care agency owners in Washington State to become a member of the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers (NAPGCM). NAPGCM became the Aging Life Care Association in 2015.

In 2014, Vice President of Client Care, Sheila McKannay earned her Care Manager Certified (CMC) certification. Since that time, her increased level of expertise has proven invaluable to Family Resource clients and families in helping them meet their care needs for both the short and long-term.

Family Resource Home Care works with many wonderful independent geriatric care managers in the Puget Sound

These care managers often have a particular area of expertise such as mental health, complex medical needs or family counseling. They also help families with such issues as housing, referrals to elder law attorneys and financial planners, Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security as well as other state, and federal programs, and assessing safety and security concerns.

For more information about geriatric care management, go to the website of the Aging Life Care Association.