The Art of Eldercare: A Metaphor for Understanding Care Management
When we think about the needs of an aging loved one, the basics come to mind first: a safe environment to live in, appropriate diet and medications, transportation, doctor’s appointments, etc. However, you would be hard-pressed to find on any list one of the greatest needs of elders: our creativity. Critical thinking, problem solving, research, coordination of care, finding balance, helping a loved one create the life they want - all take our creativity.
To use an art metaphor, eldercare is a lot like making pottery. If you’ve ever seen an artist create a bowl or a vase, you’ll notice that their hands never leave the piece as long as it is being created. They continue to move the potter’s wheel in forward momentum. As soon as you think the piece is in its final form, it changes shape and the potter’s hands respond by adding water and continually shaping and re-shaping. It is a beautiful art form to watch. The same attention, commitment, coordination, and continual creativity is really echoed in the process of caring for an aging loved one.
Continuing with this metaphor, getting a Geriatric Care Manager is really like hiring a master potter. You certainly can make your own pottery, but the outcome may not be what you envisioned and the stress, pressure, and emotions can hinder the process. As experts in eldercare, our care managers really take a hands-on and holistic approach to the care of an elderly loved one. Like a potter, they are constantly responding to changes in needs, making small adjustments before they become big problems. They are attentive and committed to executing the elder’s vision for the shape of their care and life. Their creativity in addressing unique issues, tailoring care, and increasing quality of life for an aging adult is truly masterful.
Here are just a few of the ways care managers artfully coordiante care and increase quality of life:
- Provide clear options and support for critical family decisions
- Provide neutral assessment of needs
- Create a plan of care for the loved one and oversee care
- Navigate the healthcare system
- Assist with family dynamics and eldercare planning
- Advocate for loved ones to ensure the best possible care
- Liaison with physicians and other involved professionals
- Practice a personalized care approach
- Anticipate and respond to family needs and wishes
- Provide pro-active solutions that relieve
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Published on April 26, 2013.