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I have had experience with 3 different geriatric care managers and found each one to be extremely helpful with our family's needs at the time. The first time we hired a geriatric care manager it was through the Visiting Nurses Association. I was having a conflict with my siblings about whether it was safer for my parents to live at home or in an assisted living facility. She helped me to assess their home, troubleshoot issues and facilitated a family meeting.

The second geriatric care manager my family hired was to help us take care of our Aunt who lived hundreds of miles away. It was not possible for any of the siblings to physically check in on her regularly. She wasn't married, had no children, nobody to look out for her and she was in the early stages of Alzheimer's Disease. The geriatric care manager visited with her on a weekly basis letting us know her needs and any issues that came up. She helped my Aunt to get medical care and found an appropriate facility for my Aunt to live in. I don't know what we would have done without her!

The third geriatric care manager was extremely helpful with hiring private caregivers. My Mom and Dad now have 24/7 care at home. It means that I had to interview, screen, hire, orient, schedule and manage ongoing issues with 6-8 caregivers. It was something I could not have done alone. She, also, helped me to figure out how to reduce expenses with healthcare items.

So, that's the highlights of my experience with geriatric care managers. As you can see, I think they're absolutely invaluable and will hire one, again, if and when we hit another stumbling block. Each of them charged a different fee - $40 to $80 per hour.

If you Google geriatric care manager, one of the links you'll see is one for a geriatric care manager association and that's where we started our search.
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Since my husband had a stroke he keeps falling forward. He fell last night at the movies. I cannot take him out anymore because I am afraid he will fall he will not use a walker. So next time we go to the movies I will put him in a wheelcahir. Any other suggestions?
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Geriatric care managers can be of great help, however many of them have ulterior motives and control issues. Further, they can conserve the elder without anyone's consent. A legal contract is helpful, preparing a list of interview questions, client testimonials, and a background check are absolutely in order when choosing the best individual to care for a loved one, whether they are your child or parent.
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Many adult children are coping with the care if frail elderly family or loved ones who are successfully.. Until they're NOT. So only you can answer the question of is acre manager worth it.
. Some things to consider when hiring a care manager: 1) What is the value of my time and the time away from my family to manage my frail elderly parents care?
2) How does my employer feel about time off to handle emergencies and urgent care situations that pop up?
3) How long would it take you to hop on a plane to respond to a long distance emergency?
These are a few of the things to take into consideration when deciding if hiring a care manager is worth it.
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