~ Geriatric Care Management
Elder and Pediatric Care Managment forSeniors, elder adults, children, and their
families with care solutions in Sarasota and Bradenton, Florida
An initial assessment focuses on the client's physical, mental,
emotional, and social needs and serves as the basis for developing a personalized plan of
Consultation with the client's personal physician provides
information on the elderly person's medical condition and use of prescription medications.
Assessment of his or her physical capabilities, including mobility
and ability to function independently in the home and community, are evaluated.
The elderly person's mental and emotional status are assessed with
close attention to the client's orientation and memory, especially whether or not the
elderly person is able to make appropriate decisions and care for him or herself on a
Whether or not the elderly person is able to manage his or her
finances, as well as the kind of financial assistance needed, is also an important focus
of the initial assessment.
The elderly adult's interests and network of social support are also
assessed. The presence of supportive family and friends often significantly contributes to
enhancing the client's overall level of functioning and quality of life.
The ultimate goal of an initial assessment is to identify the elderly
adult's unique needs and capabilities in order to enhance the client's overall level of
functioning, maximize independence, and provide the least restrictive living situation
|Personal Support Services
If the elderly person is able to continue to live at home, a variety
of in-home services such as domestic assistance, companions, or home health
aides can be
arranged to maximize independence while providing necessary care.
Possible additional services might include arranging for and
monitoring meal delivery, home repairs, transportation, doctor's visits, and involvement
in various social activities.
If residential placement is necessary, the care manager can
appropriate alternatives such as assisted living facilities or skilled nursing
facilities that best satisfy the unique needs of the elderly adult.
In addition to coordinating the move to provide for a smooth
transition, the care manager can also work with the elderly person, family members, and
staff of the facility to help diminish the stress of the transition for both the elderly
adult and family members.
quality of care
communication between doctors
planning for next level of care.
independent patient advocate. Assist with advocacy within the Assisted Living Facility.
person who is a liaison to the family through all levels of care
(including hospital, nursing home, assisted living, and home).
attend doctor’s appointments and serve as liaison to assist family
with direct communication with doctors and other service providers.
If the quality of care in the
assisted living facility changes, available to serve as advocate.
Financial Support Services
If the older person is able to pay his or her bills, the care manager may simply
review or oversee the bill paying, thereby supporting the elderly adult's independence.
When additional expertise is needed we provide referrals to elder law attorneys, financial planners, and/or estate
Once the care plan has been implemented, the care manager can
continue to provide support to the family and older person through regular visits and
Ongoing monitoring is often important to ensure that the elderly
adult is receiving excellent care as well as to provide support and reassurance to the
older person and to continually assess whether the care plan is adequately meeting the
elderly adult's needs.
- The care manager works closely with family members, in-home service
providers, and assisted living or skilled nursing home staff to ensure the best possible
care for the elderly adult.
Occasionally, an elderly person may
have difficulty making rational decisions due to confusion, disorientation, and/or memory
If health, safety, and/or financial
well-being are at risk, guardianship may be the only alternative.
A family member can serve as guardian
and engage the care manager to provide consultation and perform various monitoring and
support services, thus alleviating many of the day-to-day responsibilities of
In some situations, when a
professional guardian is the only alternative, Dr. Proeger may
serve as guardian.
The fee for geriatric care management services is
straightforward. All geriatric care management services are
billed at an hourly rate.
Billing is done on a monthly basis, unless other
arrangements are made.
In consultation with the geriatric care manager, the
family and elderly person choose the type and frequency of services to be provided.
- The cost of geriatric care management services is
agreed upon in advance and depends on the level of intervention requested.
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Professional Geriatric Care Managers
Elder Care Management
Charlene Proeger, Ph.D., LMFT, CMC
Sarasota, Florida ~
Phone: (941) 351-3640 ~
Fax: (941) 359-8274
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Sarasota and Manatee County, Southwest, Florida, FL, elder
care planning, case management for elderly and older adults,
senior resources, aging services, home health counseling,
pediatric, children, and adolescent mental health management
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