What qualities make a good Geriatric Care Manager and Advocate

 

A good Geriatric Care Manager should be calm, attentive to details, and able to ask questions & state information clearly. When looking for a Geriatric Care Manager, choose someone you feel comfortable talking with.   It is important that they understand your worries and what help you feel you need.  Your Geriatric Care Manager is your health advocate.  In a healthcare crisis they can gather information for you and ask the questions that need to be asked.  They will help you understand your options and give you peace of mind so you can focus on getting or staying healthy.

Getting a diagnosis of a serious illness can be overwhelming.  This is where having the services of a good Geriatric Care Manager can make a big difference.  They can research the best available treatments, assist you in the hospital and coordinate services for you at home.  A Geriatric Care Manager will help you understand your insurance coverage.  They will keep communication lines open with loved ones as well as medical staff, especially your primary care doctor.  They speak for you when you do not feel up to doing it yourself.

If you are concerned about an upcoming hospital procedure or a recent change of your health condition, talking with a Geriatric Care Manager can be very reassuring.  Even if this is not the case now, it is probable that you or a loved one will need an advocate like this one day.  It is good to know there are professionals available to help.

Call us at Sound Options for more information on how a Geriatric Care Manager might benefit you or a senior loved one!

Published on May 1, 2012.