How to evaluate and choose a geriatric care manager

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As your organization’s employees age, more of them will have to care for their elderly parents, a time-consuming task that can sap a worker’s energy, time and productivity.

To help with this burden, some organizations are giving employees access to geriatric care managers as an employee benefit.

These are health care professionals who can assess the parents’ well-being, identify assisted-living communities in the parents’ neighborhood and check in with parents when employees can’t do it because they live far away or have conflicting obligations.

Before enlisting the services of a professional care manager for your employees, use the following checklist to determine if the candidate is qualified and a good fit for them.

Credentials

  • Licensed by the state?
  • College degree?
  • Years of experience in the field?
  • Membership in professional associations?
  • Number of clients?
  • References?

Services

  • List of services to be provided?
  • Available 24 hours a day via pager or phone?
  • Performs initial needs assessment for each client?
  • Meets with family members?
  • Gives regular updates to family?
  • Personally visits potential housing?
  • Assists in a move?

Fees

  • Cost of initial assessment?
  • Hourly fee?
  • Estimated fees for one month?  

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