What is "Geriatric Care Management?"
Geriatric Care Management, (also known as "elder care management", "senior health care management," and "professional care management") is the process of planning and coordinating care of the elderly and others with physical and/or mental impairments to meet their long term care needs, improve their quality of life, and maintain their independence for as long as possible. It entails working with persons of old age and their families in managing, rendering, and referring various types of health and social care services.
We embrace the "aging in place" philosophy, which is the emerging standard of supporting individuals to live independently and age gracefully at home. Your loved one is special, and you want only what is best for them including honoring their primary desire to continue to live in their own home.
Helping your loved one to remain at home is the preferred approach, but if it may be time to consider an assisted living facility our care managers would provide you with a list of local, prescreened, trustworthy facilities, and help with the transfer. We make it a smooth and easy transition while providing information about the entire process every step of the way.
Where can I learn more about "Geriatric Care Management?"
Follow this link to "Aging Life Care™": (formerly known as "NAPGCM")
Infinity Care Management provides these very helpful Geriatric Care Management Services
We conduct comprehensive assessments to identify specific challenges and then provide the correct solutions. We also can conduct smaller, specialized assessments such as a falls risk assessment, home safety assessment, nutritional assessment, depression assessment, cognitive assessment, medication assessment, and an ADL assessment (Activities of Daily Living)
We provide written, tailored care plans that address all areas of the patient’s life. These care plans are extremely individualized and are based on the comprehensive assessment or a combination of smaller specialized assessments depending on the individual patient's situation.
Skilled Nursing Services
We can provide skilled nursing interventions, such as; injections, physical assessments, injury care, blood pressure checks, patient education on disease management, medication dispensing, & nutritional counseling.
We have extensive experience in managing and organizing medications. Sometimes taking medications can be very overwhelming and confusing to senior patients, especially if they have ongoing challenges with memory loss or declining mental status. We can definitely help you in this area because we can eliminate duplicate medication bottles, provide color coding and medication charts as well as implement the use of a (Pill Dispenser). In addition, we can fill the pill dispenser or the patient's current pill box system with all their medicines on a weekly or biweekly basis. We would then order all necessary prescription refills in a timely manner from their pharmacy to ensure that they do not run out of their medications. With the pill dispenser, all stress and confusion is removed for your parent because it is a locked device that does everything for them except swallow the pills. This provides you with peace of mind knowing that they are taking their medications daily without any errors or problems.
We assess & monitor medication & diet compliance as well as other doctors orders and report this to interested family members and/or the primary care doctor. The care plan is modified to accommodate new interventions which will stop non-compliant behaviors and begin adherence to the doctor's orders.
We act as an information link with doctors, other professionals, & family members to keep the communication cycle open. It is very important to make the doctor aware of what the patient is doing at home, symptoms experienced, and any special medical challenges or issues that have come up. It is equally important to keep specialty doctors and the family informed of those things as well. In turn we make sure that the doctor's information regarding their disease management and any new doctor's orders are communicated back to the family, reminded to the patient, and modified on the care plan.
We accompany patients to their doctor appointments and act as a patient advocate. Informing the doctor of a clear picture of the home activities, and compliance to medication, diet and other doctor ordered interventions. We share with the doctor any concerns or challenges that the patient is having as well as provide a history of their overall health care being provided by other professionals. We speak up for them on their behalf so the doctor does not miss anything important or significant in planning their treatment.
Mental Status Screenings
We provide mental status screenings to provide objective, third party information to your loved one who may be in denial of declining memory or decreased cognitive abilities. Denial may be what is keeping them from cooperating with family interventions of outside help, medication compliance, or diet adherence. With counseling, screening results can provide reassurance to the patient and the family of the best care options to use in order to keep that patient safe at home and bypass a nursing home admission.
Monthly Bill Paying and Error Resolution
We assist patients with bookkeeping, budgeting, and bill paying. We can set up automatic drafts with individual companies that the patient does business with such as utilities and other reoccurring bills. We can write checks and mail payments on behalf of the patient to assure continued good standing with the companies who do business with them. We can reconcile bank statements, organize records, manage medical bills, and troubleshoot any billing discrepancies or problems that might have arisen for the patient from a particular company. We can advocate for you on any outstanding account that may need to be disputed with a company and help you get errors resolved and your account justified.
We run errands of any type as requested. This includes clothes shopping, getting food to go, banking, buying groceries, returning books to the library, paying utility bills, picking up prescriptions, buying presents, etc. in the most cost-effective manner.
Safety Management & Hazard Prevention Service
We have several safety management services available on a one time or ongoing basis. These can be provided at the initial assessment visit and/or at regular intervals as requested. These services include assessment for the need of a (Medical Alert System) with 2-way voice communication and it's installation. Another popular service we can provide is a nurse to do a home falls risk assessment and initiate interventions to correct or eliminate any falls risks that are present. We can provide estimates for minor as well as major home alterations that will provide the most comfort, least risk of hazards, and the most optimum support for independent living. Some alterations that we recommend are widening doorways, installing grab bars and hand rails in strategic areas, installing a wheelchair ramp, installing smoke detectors, installing overhead lighting in stairways and high traffic walk areas, installing light switches at the top & bottom of stairs, and even transforming to a wheelchair-friendly home, if applicable.