It is important to know that Gwyneth Blackwell Senior Care Resources is deeply committed to minimizing the costs of care that impact our clients and their families, as well as our workplaces and our country.
What will it cost to take care of my aging loved one?
This is probably the most common concern families have when they first contact me. This is also one of the most difficult questions to answer. Costs are dependent upon the type services a loved one needs.
What I can say, though, is that a good Geriatric Care Manager can show families various care options, and how to save money on the care of their loved one without sacrificing on care quality.
People tend to think about the financial costs of care, but there are also emotional and physical costs for the family caregivers.
A Geriatric Care Manager can help with those issues, too.
There is no question that we are living longer – many seniors live well into their 90s, and making it to the Century mark is no longer uncommon.
This means we are also requiring more healthcare and long-term care services, and for longer periods of time.
As experts in eldercare, one of our goals is to help families become informed healthcare consumers, and to create plans to accommodate longer life spans.
A Geriatric Care Manager's approach not only seeks to cut the costs of care, but also to reduce the associated emotional and physical costs to family caregivers.
As we look at the financial costs of care, medical bills, insurance premiums, home care agencies and long-term care facilities all figure in the discussion.
In general, the costs of this care are increasing. But there are hidden financial costs as well.
It is reported that 70% of working caregivers – people who are taking care of their own relatives but who also have jobs – themselves suffer work-related difficulties due to their dual caregiver roles.This statistic comes from the National Alliance for Caregiving and the AARP. Additionally, this study, and one by Evercare, report that 47% of working caregivers indicate an increase in caregiving expenses has caused them to use up all or most of their savings.
Geriatric Care Managers Can Help Cut Financial Costs By:
Saving family caregivers from lost wages due to the need to accommodate their caregiving responsibilities, such as doctor appointments, checking out long term care facilities, handling medical bills, etc.
Even though you have a wonderful, healthy relationship with an aging loved one, the emotional and mental toll of caregiving can be great.
A combination of not knowing what to do, difficult family dynamics, fatigue, grief and being overwhelmed can exact a heavy price for a caregiver.
Caring for someone with dementia is usually even more difficult and emotionally charged.
According to the National Alliance for Caregiving in collaboration with AARP, 23% of family caregivers caring for loved ones for 5 years or more report their own health is “fair” or “poor.”
Care Managers Can Reduce the Emotional Costs of Care by:
Adult children who work and provide care to a parent are more likely to have poorer health than those who do not provide care to their parents, according to the MetLife Mature Market Institute.
This is, in part, because caring for another person is just plain physically exhausting as well as financially and emotionally draining.
Whether you are caring for an aging parent, or a disabled spouse or child, the role of family caregiver can be a heavy, multi-year responsibility.
This is marathon care.
Care Managers Can Help Family Caregivers Avoid Burnout by Shouldering Responsibilities such as:
Managing / coordinating outside and family caregivers who can provide assistance with the daily needs, such as bathing/dressing/ grocery shopping/ meal preparation/ transportation to appointments, etc.
Providing training and management for complex care, such as catheter care, wound dressing, colostomy care, etc., utilizing Certified RN resources.
Managing chronic illnesses through medication management, helping with special diets, providing disease and malady education, etc.
Educating and advising on difficult behaviors, such as wandering, lost communication, incontinence, yelling, or disorientation associated with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.