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I recently learned about Geriatric Care Management. It looks like a helpful service, but I want to hear about your experiences before I make the investment (it's not cheap). Does anyone have previous experience? How did they help and was it worth it?

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It took 2 months to line up everything. The family knew that her funds would be depleted so using her money for this did not trigger any Medicade penalties.
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MACinCT, thank you for your input. It sounds like that was something that might have taken a long time to figure out otherwise.

I'm talking to a couple of agencies now to work something out. Thanks again to everyone who replied.
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My MIL's manager was able to line up the best Medicare facility to transition her before her finances ran out. He gave the family time to check out the next facilities to choose a wait list. Because of this the family learned of her condition, what to expect in the future, and to help decide which medicines to remove to cause the least harm. It was only for a couple of visits: expensive but we'll worth it
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Thank you both for the advice. I think that if I frame the suggestion well, my Mom might be receptive. Thankfully the distance isn't an issue, and I can be there to facilitate the first interaction. I work and so sometimes we have someone come to help with grocery shopping, making meals, or getting her to appointments . She was reluctant at first, but I think she has gotten over her initial discomfort. We have been lucky to have a reliable person to do these tasks.

Sunnygirl1, I see how those problems could be a risk. I would definitely have to do my due diligence. I hope I get some positive responses too. But either way, I really appreciate your advice.
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One thing that is an important consideration is if your parent will be able to work with the manager. When I was living in TX, I arranged for a GCM to help my parents in Alabama. It didn't last a week before my mother told the GCM that she didn't need her services. I can't say if the GCM would have been helpful because she was never given a chance. Do you think your parent would be willing to work with the GCM? That is a big first question.
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I have not used them, but, I know people who have. I think it's the kind of thing that you really have to do your research and find those that are quality agencies. If you can get a personal referral, all the better.

I'd be very careful about signing contracts with these agencies and even have an attorney review it before signing, to make sure of your obligation to the company. Unfortunately, you can still have problems, as with any kind of business.

If you are dealing with a loved one who has suspected cognitive decline or dementia, I'd pay extra attention to whether the person who will be meeting with and helping your LO manage things is REALLY trained and experienced for that kind of thing. If not, it can lead to things being overlooked, ignored and problematic.

I'd make sure that your LO's case would be a priority and that they don't have too many cases to keep up with.  You can opt for various types of services with these agencies.  

I'm sure there are some positive stories out there. I hope you'll get some of those stories here.
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