Worry Less with an Elder Care Manager

An Elder Care Manager Makes Long-Distance Caring Easier

Elder Care Manager Image, caregiver, Your loved one lives in Indiana but you live in another state.  Your job and family life prevent you from giving the care your mom or dad needs.  The long-distance dilemma creates guilt and frustration.  You’re torn between uprooting and moving your loved one to live with you or staying in contact and visiting as much as your schedule allows.  While not a substitute for your personal touch, an Elder Care Manager may help solve your problem.

What is An Elder Care Manager?

Elder Care Managers are local professionals who help you care for your loved one from a distance.  Nearby or in the same town as your loved one, an Elder Care Manager coordinates a variety of services that would take you a lot of time and effort when you live away from your loved one.  Elder Care Managers are usually Social Workers or Nurses but may also have other degrees or experience working with the elderly.  Many Elder Care Managers have experience in healthcare.  A certified Aging Life Care Professional belongs to an elite group of members who passed the certification requirements.  The optional certification shows the Elder Care Manager subscribes to the professional and ethical standards of the Aging Life Care Association.  Elder Care Managers and Aging Life Care Professionals are often called Geriatric Care Managers.  When you need to give care from a distance, consider an Elder Care Manager.

Elder Care Manager Services

Elder Care Managers help long distance caregivers in many ways including:

  • Assessing living conditions including safety and cleanliness
  • Communication about updates in the client’s health and living conditions
  • Alerting the long-distance client about driving and transportation concerns
  • Refer clients to community resources
  • Plan, assist, and coordinate tasks (medical appointments, house cleaning, and transportation)

Long Distance Caregiving is Stressful

Your mom, dad, or loved one took care of you when you needed it and you want to do the same.  The challenge is the distance between you and your loved one prevents you from giving the needed care.  Your loved one might want to stay independent and not burden you but you know they need a little help, even if they won’t admit it.  Plus you need to know about their well-being for your peace of mind.

Frequently Asked Questions about an Elder Care Manager

What is the cost of an Elder Care Manager?

Elder Care Manager costs vary depending on qualification and location.  Typical costs for an Elder Care Manager range between $90 and $200 per hour.

Does Medicare, Medicaid, or Insurance Pay for an Elder Care Manager?

Typically, the cost of an Elder Care Manager is paid through private funds.  If your loved one was referred to an Elder Care Manager through a subsidized program, the services may be free or paid on a sliding-scale basis, depending on income.

How Do I Find an Elder Care Manager?

There are many ways to locate an Elder Care Manager including contacting a local hospital, the Administration on Aging, or checking the Aging Life Care Association.

What Questions Should I Ask the Elder Care Manager?

You want to interview the Elder Care Manager to make sure you can work with the professional.  You also want to ensure you choose an individual who is reputable and ethical.  To find the right Elder Care Manager consider these questions during your interview:

  • How long have you been in business?
  • What are your professional qualifications?
  • What licenses do you hold and in what states?Elder Care Manager Image
  • How do you handle emergencies?
  • Can you provide a list of your fees and services?
  • How do you bill (by the hour, service, etc.)?
  • Would you oppose a background check?
  • Can you provide references?
  • How often do you communicate with caregivers?

Conclusion

Long distance care giving is stressful.  While in short supply, finding the right Elder Care Manager can help long distance caregivers ease the stress.  Contacting the Aging Life Care Association or your local Administration on Aging is the first step to finding a reputable Elder Care Manager you can trust.

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