Presentation on theme: "Geriatric Care Management A Crucial Caregiver Support Helene Bergman, ACSW Elder Care Alternatives, New York."— Presentation transcript:
Geriatric Care Management A Crucial Caregiver Support Helene Bergman, ACSW Elder Care Alternatives, New York
When Caring for Family becomes the Job (NYTimes-May 9, 2004) “Work is what will keep me sane”
Meet Elaine Cancer Survivor Paralegal- Responsible to 3 lawyers Long Distance Caregiver Two Elderly Parents Limited Financial Resources A Husband, Two Children & Grandchildren Stressed and Depressed
Meet Mrs. S Chief Administrator- Major University Caregiver for spouse with dementia Main financial support Only medical coverage Second marriage – 3 stepchildren 58 years old Travels one week a month Stressed and in despair
The Role of the Care Manager Emotional Support- Rescue & Relief Situational Analysis Education & Direction Advocacy Navigation of Systems Mediation Crisis Intervention Linkage- Liason Referral Plus
The Art of Care Management Expediency and “Referral Plus” What am I entitled to? How can I use Community Resources? What type of Home Care should I choose? Can I really get Medicaid? How? Shall I stay at home? Shall I relocate? How can my family differences be resolved?
WHEW! Now……. I can get to work on time. I can concentrate on my job. I can call my parent-or loved one without dread or fear. I can attend work meetings and conferences. I can use vacation time for a vacation. I can look forward to a promotion- instead of quitting- or being fired. I can go home each day without feeling emotionally drained.