Archive for December, 2009

What’s a Geriatric Care Manager, anyway?

Posted on December 29, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

So,what exactly does a Geriatric Care Manager do, one might ask? A geriatric care manager is a professional who specializes in assisting seniors and their loved ones in meeting their long-term care arrangements. This means we assess an individuals situation and develop a careplan that will provide as a guide for long term needs. We gather information from healthcare providers, assess the needs of the elderly person in their environment, research available public and/or private services and resources to meet the needs and communicate between all parties to keep information up to date and services appropriate and effective.

Care management may locate and arrange for services, screen and assist in hiring providers for home care, financial and legal services, home maintenance, meals, transportation and other services as needed. Care managers may accompany clients to medical appointments, coordinate services, monitor health and other home care providers and continually reassess the client.

Most geriatric care managers have a healthcare background, a bachelor’s degree or equivalent training in gerontology, social services work, nursing or counseling.

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Posted on December 7, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

SOCIAL SECURITY info.

To find out what benefits you can apply for visit www.socialsecurity.gov/best

To get a personalized retirement benefit estimate, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/estimator

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Hello world!

Posted on December 1, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

PROJECT CARE – San Marcos Senior Center
Did you know there are services FREE to Seniors in the San Marcos, California area through the San Marcos Senior Center? Check this out:
1. HOW ARE YOU – A daily telephone call is made to individuals who have signed up for this service. A computer automatically makes the calls at a regularly scheduled time selected by the participant. If the call goes unanswered, volunteers will check to see if the individual is okay.
2. VIAL OF LIFE – Older adults and the disabled who sign up for this program are given a small magnetic plastic container to put on their refrigerator door. This container holds specific information on the individual’s medical history, medication and other health-related conditions. Should the paramedics be called in an emergency situation, they will use the information in the vial to save time in providing necessary medical assistance. The information consists of medications, diagnoses, health care and advanced directives.
3. MINOR HOME REPAIRS – Volunteers and local business groups are recruited to assist in making minor home repairs for qualified senior homeowners. Many of the repairs are related to basic health and safety needs such as stairs, handrails, installing grab bars and door locks. Includes grab bars in the bath and toilet areas free of charge.

4. FRIENDLY VISITS – A volunteer spends time with a senior once or twice per week. Volunteer might assist the senior with a chose (reading, preparing meals, writing bills), or just spend some friendly time with the senior citizen.

To obtain further information about this program, please contact PROJECT CARE at the San Marcos Senior Center at 760-744-0467. For more senior resource information, contact holly@crescentgcm.com

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