A Geriatric Care Manager (GCM) has knowledge, training and experience in working with the elderly population in various kinds of situations. Their focus is on assisting the older adults to maintain their independence within their environment as long as it is possible. The GCM assists the families (caregivers) as well in providing them with peace of mind knowing their loved one is being taken care of properly. As the Mission Statement asserts, “we do what families would do if they had the time and expertise”. 2 - What signs may be apparent that my loved one may need more assistance?
You may have noticed on a visit home that your loved one has not paid the bills – things are piling up. There may be spoiled food in the refrigerator, or maybe the house is not as tidy as it usually is. Your loved one may also be showing signs they are not taking care of themselves properly – maybe not changing their clothes – signs of food stains on their clothing. 3 - What if my loved one suffers from Parkinson’s disease, dementia, or Alzheimer’s? Can a Geriatric Care Manager provide them with the appropriate resources and Care?
Yes. Geriatric Care Managers have experience with aging issues and resources, as well as with care of the elderly. They can make recommendations of various support groups available to the caregiver(s), as well as facilities such as Adult Day Care for those in less advanced stages of their disease. A GCM will communicate with the client’s physician and coordinate care accordingly. 4 - What counties does Marschs Eldercare Connection serve?
Luzerne, Lackawanna, Monroe, Montour, Columbia, Carbon, Schuylkill, Northumberland, Wyoming, and Sullivan. If you are unsure of the county your loved one is in, please contact me and provide me with their current address.