Frequently Asked Questions
This issue is overwhelming to families. Many providers of health care services including doctors and discharge planners are not aware of all the different levels of geriatric care within each category. If they are unaware, how are you as family members going to know if mom really needs a “Skilled Nursing Center” vs. a “Residential Care” setting.
In many states such as California, the Residential Care or Assisted Living facilities (including small Board and Care Homes) can have “hospice” waivers that would allow seniors to be cared for even in the dying process at the residential level of care with a proper waiver.
Within the Assisted Living communities they vary by facility and culture and some are great for mom while others just would not be a good fit.
When families use a “Geriatric Care Manager” (GCM) who can be objective and has no financial remuneration for making referrals, they are more likely to get just the right place for mom to live. The Geriatric Care Manager will assist with assessing Mom’s needs now and projecting what she might need in the future. This will narrow down the search to just 2 or 3 places you need to tour before making the decision for the best senior living option for her.
If dad wants to move after mom dies (this is not uncommon) do you know how to make a good match for him? It could be that he has no needs for geriatric care now, but might in the future. Again, the Geriatric Care Manager will assess and survey Dad’s interests and values and help you to make a good match. This will – ensure that he keeps in his life all which gives it value, in turn giving you peace of mind knowing if Dad does need geriatric care in the future, he won’t have to move.
It is all about “enhancing life” and finding the right fit for both needs and interests of the elder that are based on the aging family member’s values.
All of our Caregivers are employees, and are screened, bonded, insured, and have undergone a comprehensive background check. Each Caregiver has been trained by staff members who have extensive backgrounds in health and human services. Our training has been developed over many years and starts with a comprehensive orientation, and a program specifically devoted to safety, as well as ongoing training around a variety of specific conditions and issues.
We place high value on community partnerships and education, and continually give back to our community through classes, support groups and workshops to empower our neighbors with information and tools for the aging and their families.
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