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Q: What are the qualifications for a Geriatric Care Manager?
Q: Does insurance cover the services of a Geriatric Care Manager?
Q: My mother refuses services from anyone, feeling that she is independent; however, she does have some forgetfulness. How can you assist the family with this situation?
Q: I am working full time and have four children at home. My time is limited for my father but I do care about him. How can you assist me?
Q: How do I know if I have all the legal documents in place to write checks and make decisions on behalf of my mother?
Q: My father lives in low income housing and now needs Nursing Home care. He does not have the money to afford the care. What will help him pay for Nursing Home care?

 

Q: What are the qualifications for a Geriatric Care Manager?

A: The qualifications for Geriatric Care Manager should consist of membership in the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers. www.caremanager.org
An individual must have a degree in either Nursing, Social Work, Psychology, or Gerontology. Linda Sullivan and Debbie Gitner are both members on the national and local level of the Professional Association of Professional Geriatric Managers. This provides a network of services keeping both Linda and Debbie always current.
 

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Q: Does insurance cover the services of a Geriatric Care Manager?

A: At this time most insurance companies do not cover the cost of a Geriatric Care Manager. Some long term care policies will cover certain services. It is important to check with your individual policy for possible coverage.
 

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Q: My mother refuses services from anyone, feeling that she is independent, however, she does have some forgetfulness. How can you assist the family with this situation?

A: It is not always easy for someone to accept services or see that he or she needs help. To begin with, Linda and Debbie would complete a thorough evaluation meet with the family members to discuss the situation. We would explain to the family their rights as well as their motherís rights. Next we would attempt to complete a comprehensive evaluation of mom. Following that, we would sit with the family members to discuss a plan of care for now and for the future. At that time we would include options, ideas on ways to help mom accept services, and offer support. 
 

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Q: I am working full time and have four children at home. My time is limited for my father but I do care about him. How can you assist me?

A: ElderCare Resource Services can assist in many ways. We can coordinate services in the home to help with personal care or homemaking services, make visits to your father, arrange for legal assistance (if needed), set up transportation to doctorís appointments and accompany if necessary. Linda and Debbie are able to tailor our services to meet the needs of our clients, both the elder and the children.
 

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Q: How do I know if I have all the legal documents in place to write checks and make decisions on behalf of my mother?

A: ElderCare Resource Services can explain the necessary paperwork and assist in obtaining the legal documentation which will allow a son or daughter to write checks, and to make both financial and medical decisions.
 

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Q: My father lives in low-income housing and now needs Nursing Home care. He does not have the money to afford the care. What will help him pay for Nursing Home care?

A: ElderCare Resource Services is able to explain the laws regarding Mass Health and its eligibility requirements. ElderCare Resource Services can assist at all steps from completion of the application to the approval process.

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Last modified: 09/28/08