Frequently Asked Questions

During moments of crisis, it is often difficult for family members to step in as the caregiver due to many factors such as living in a different state and lack of knowledge of all the resources available to assist in caregiving. Geriatric Care Managers respond to a moment of crisis, assess the situation, and work to manage a very stressful situation. This allows the family to be family, enjoying their loved one. Geriatric Care Managers bring value that goes beyond what is seen; Geriatric Care Managers provide peace of mind to family members.

Geriatric Care Managers are used for a number of reasons. Some of the common situations include:

✓ Elderly persons living at home alone with little to no help
✓ Family members live out of town and are unable to visit often
✓ Family members live locally but don’t know how or have the time to discover the most appropriate resources
✓ Attorneys and trust officers who need assistance with their client’s needs
✓ Physicians who are concerned about their patient
✓ Hospital and Nursing Home discharge planners who are seeking a safe discharge plan
✓ Home Care companies seeking assistance with client’s specialized and advanced needs

Forgetfulness can be caused by a number of factors. Discovering the actual reason why your loved one is increasingly forgetful is the key to knowing what options are available. Some time ago, increasing forgetfulness was considered a normal part of aging; however studies indicate that most people remain alert and oriented as they age. This is not to say that your older loved one will never be forgetful, because being forgetful at times is normal for everyone, young and old. As a person ages, they may need more time to remember things. Think of it this way, if you forget where you put your keys, then you are having a normal incidence of forgetfulness. If you forgot where you put your keys because you placed them in the refrigerator, then follow-up is indicated.

Forgetfulness can be due to a number of reversible causes. Some reversible causes of forgetfulness include:

✓ Fever
✓ Dehydration
✓ Vitamin deficiency
✓ Adverse reaction to medication
✓ Hypothyroidism
✓ Depression
✓ Disorders of the respiratory system
✓ Infectious processes

Forgetfulness can also be a symptom of Dementia. If you are concerned about your loved one’s memory impairments, answers should be sought. Senior Care Management Solutions can be a part of the process from assessing forgetfulness, evaluating for possible reversible causes of forgetfulness, assisting with setting up and going to doctor’s appointments, and advocacy for your loved one to ensure they (and you) get the answers you deserve. If you would like a free consultation to begin the evaluation process, call Senior Care Management Solutions at (480) 502-CARE.

Dementia is a broad term that describes disorders of the brain resulting in loss of mental and functional abilities that are severe enough to interfere with daily life. Some of the symptoms include memory impairment, communication and language deficits, decreasing ability to concentrate, impairment of reasoning and judgment, and changes in visual perception. A diagnosis of Dementia only provides insight into changes that are occurring over time, however is not specific to the actual cause of the disease, parts of the brain that are affected, or what the best option is for management of the disease. There are currently more than 50 different types of Dementia, with Alzheimer’s disease accounting for 60-80% of all Dementias.

Due to changes over time, having a health care professional that can monitor changes is needed. Some family members make the decision to keep their parent at home while some choose to place their loved one in a facility. Either decision is viable as long as your loved one is in a safe environment with individuals that understand how to care for their needs. Keeping a loved one at home for the duration of their disease, up until their death, is becoming more common with the services that are made available in the home environment. Senior Care Management Solutions can assist with your goals by bringing services to your loved one in their home environment or assisting with finding a suitable facility and transitional care. There are many options available… Senior Care Management Solutions can help you decide what is best for you and your loved one.

Often times, Elder Care agencies are contacted due to a loved one having multiple visits and admissions to the hospital. In fact, hospital readmissions have become a National issue that is recently receiving more attention. Medicare began posing financial penalties to hospitals that have a readmission within 30 days of discharge for those readmitted with a heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia. It is estimated that approximately $17 billion is spent on readmissions annually (Rau, 2012). Health care reform is changing direction to that of better quality.

Even more important, it is difficult for the elderly to go back and forth to the hospital with possible admissions to rehabilitation centers and nursing facilities. Many readmissions are preventable with adequate care. Senior Care Management Solutions offers a wide range of services that enable early detection of potential health issues. Senior Care Management Solutions also applies the use of supportive home services to assist with improving health and preventing frequent trips to the hospital. If your loved one is in the hospital or recently discharged to a facility or back home, a home assessment, monitoring, and follow-up are helpful to keep your loved one at home. Not only will it provide comfort to your loved one and peace of mind for you, it will probably be a very cost effective method as well.

Many people believe that they cannot afford a Professional Geriatric Care Manager. Senior Care Management Solutions offers a free consultation, which will reveal many of the difficulties you have been facing. Geriatric Care Managers then seek economical solutions, in addition to advocating with insurance companies, applying for assistance and other cost effective measures while upholding excellence in patient care. With all factors considered, the cost savings can be surprising. Give us a call to see what Senior Care Management Solutions can do for you…