Do You Need a Senior Care Manager?

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There’s a growing demand for senior care managers for the aging baby boomer population. A senior care manager can make life easier for seniors and their caregivers, acting as a trusted advisor when it comes to senior care, including choosing an assisted living community or a nursing home, explaining payment options for senior healthcare, and even helping the family manage the division of caregiver duties.

The same way a financial advisor can tell people how best to invest their money based on extensive experience and knowledge, a senior or geriatric care manager uses their knowledge and experience to advise on all matters of senior care to help reduce the family’s stress and improve the senior’s quality of life.

A senior care manager can be an advocate, an advice, and a coach. But do you and your loved one you really need one?

Let’s look at some of practical ways a senior care manager can help, and how you can save money by completing these tasks yourself.

Advising Family Caregivers
A senior care manager can “manage” the caregivers, which can be especially helpful if multiple siblings are providing care on a part-time basis, and professional caregivers are filling in at other times.

Not only can the senior care manager help you choose the right providers, but he or she can act as a neutral party to help family members divide up duties equitably. The senior care manager knows what needs to be done, so you can ensure there are no gaps in your loved one’s care.

Do-It-Yourself Senior Care Solution

  • Be especially diplomatic dealing with siblings and co-caregivers
  • Use logic to make the right caregiver decisions for your loved one
  • Read and study as much as you can on the topic of senior care in order to make the right decisions

Managing Daily Life for the Senior
From scheduling doctor’s appointments to advising on legal and financial matters that crop up as we age, a senior care manager can act as a personal assistant or second-hand man to a senior and that person’s family.

Depending on the education, experience and specialty of the senior care manager, this individual can take a lot off the plates of caregivers while providing peace of mind for the senior.

Do-It-Yourself Solutions

  • Leverage technology to manage doctor’s appointments and medication reminders
  • Call on financial or legal professionals as situations arise
  • Asking other family members for help when you can’t be there

Evaluating Senior Living Communities
Choosing the right senior living community can be daunting, especially if you don’t know what to look for. If it has come time for an aging loved one to move to an assisted living community or a nursing home, a senior care manager can tour facilities with you and help you choose the right one.

Do-It-Yourself Solution
You don’t have to go this one alone. When you’ve made the decision to move your loved one into a senior care community, the Senior Care Advisors at SeniorLiving.net provide guidance free of charge. Our local experts know the questions to ask to determine the best type of senior living for you or your loved one, and they are familiar with facilities in your region to find the best senior home. A Senior Care Advisor can help you schedule tours and even assist throughout the moving process.

Finding a senior community can be one of the most daunting tasks for a caregiver, but there are plenty of ways to find help, advice and guidance.

SeniorLiving.Net is a free service for families to use that are looking for senior care or senior living for a loved one. Call (866) 662-0435 to speak to your local Care Advisor about senior care providers in your local area.