Care Management Advice

January 17, 2014 - By the NCPC

Authors: Valerie Buck & Thomas Day

EldercareGetting older is scary to both the person getting older and their family. Many questions arise when we think about retirement and aging. Most of these questions start with, “how am I going to pay for…” All are legitimate questions. How are you going to pay for all of the possibilities of care, what are all our care options? Care management advice is an obvious need, not just for financial reasons but to get the best care possible for yourself or a family member. It’s never too early to get advice and it might be that you are in need of the advice now.

Care management advice should be something that every family takes advantage of but in reality very few families use this service. Geriatric care specialists could go a long ways towards helping the family find better and more efficient ways of providing care for a loved one. The concept is simple. The family hires a professional adviser to act as a guide through the maze of long term care services and providers. The specialist has been there many times. The family is experiencing it usually for the first time.

The need for care management will generally come about as aging issues develop like the ability to move about, dress, bathe, eat, use a toilet, and medicate. This need for care, advice or supervision may also be caused by an accident, disease process, disability, or frailty. A life doesn’t stop because a person is in need of help, in fact we enter and leave this earth in need of assistance from others. Most eldercare in this country is provided at home by family members. Regardless of who is taking care of whom, it is important to talk about it and have a plan.

Care Management Advice Is Needed to Assist with Eldercare

According to some sources, 60% of us will need long term care (eldercare) sometime during our lives. It is important for all of us to prepare for that day when we will need to help loved ones with care or we will need eldercare for ourselves.

Another source indicates about 40% of all seniors, 65 and older, will spend some time in a nursing home. The National Care Planning Council estimates that at any given time, at least 22% of all seniors, age 65 and older, are receiving some form of eldercare support in the home or in a facility.

Some 44.4 million adult caregivers -- or 21% of the U.S. Adult population -- provide unpaid care to seniors or adults with disabilities, according to a 2004 study by the National Alliance for Caregiving in Bethesda, Md. On average, those caregivers provide 21 hours of care a week and the average length of time spent providing care is 4.3 years.

Geriatric Care Specialists Provide Care Management Advice

Also known as Geriatric Care Manager, Elder Care Manager or Care Manager, a Geriatric Care Specialist represents a growing trend to help full time, employed family caregivers provide care for loved ones living close by or needing long-distance care. Specialists are also particularly useful in helping caregivers at home find the right services and cope with their burden.

Below is a partial list of what a geriatric care specialist might do:

As with hiring any paid care provider to come into the home, hiring a geriatric care specialist is a similar situation.  For those who desire to remain in the home the geriatric care specialist can help make that a reality and keep the care recipient away from a premature admittance into a care facility.

But the geriatric care specialist can also help in the other direction.  Oftentimes the family is attempting to keep a loved one at home when that is not the best situation.  For many and various reasons care in the home may be impossible.  In this case, finding a facility is best. Below are links to find a care manager, facility, placement manager, retirement community, and financial specialists.

Find a Geriatric / Professional Care Manager in your area:

Find a Facility in your area:

Find Placement Management Services in your area:

Find Retirement Communities in your area:

Find a Long Term Care Insurance Services in your area:

Find Financial Retirement Planning Services in your area:

Find a Veterans Benefits Advocate in your area:

Become a Member of the National Care Planning Council

Join the NCPCSeniors and caregivers search online everyday for eldercare services and frequently find our web site. Last year, averaged over 40,000 unique visits per month. We have become an important resource for people looking for help.

We invite you to become a member of the NCPC. Your membership will include an advertising listing(s) on our site, your own personal sales (web) page, and access to the member section.

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Long Term CareThe National Care Planning Council is dedicated to helping the American public deal with issues and challenges seniors face. Use the following link to locate eldercare and senior services in your area.

Some of these services include Care Management, Elder Law, Estate Planning, Funeral Planning, Home Care, Medicaid Planning, Placement, Reverse Mortgage, and Veterans Benefits.

Books on Eldercare, Veterans Benefits, and Long Term Care for Seniors

The National Care Planning Council is a leader in providing books on timely subjects for long term care planning. Below are five of our popular books.

"How to Apply for Department of Veterans Affairs Benefits for Veterans and Their Survivors" (2022)

"The 4 Steps of Long Term Care Planning"

"Protect Assets from Nursing Home Costs: Medicaid Secrets"

"Support for Those Who Help Veterans"

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