Why Choose Us?
What does a Geriatric Care Manager do?
Geriatric Care Managers (GCM) are usually licensed professionals, primarily social workers, counselors and nurses, who have extensive training and experience working with individuals and their families who need assistance with caregiving issues. Care managers have experience, industry contacts, and knowledge of public and private services in their community, along with being thoughtful listeners and creative problem solvers.
What does a Certified Senior Advisor do?
A Certified Senior Advisor (CSA), has invested time and effort in learning about the things that are important to you. Professional CSAs are knowledgeable about the health, social, and financial aspects of being age 65 or older. They are committed to meeting CSA continuing education standards. CSAs assist Seniors and their families as they plan for their future.
ElderCare Connections provides a variety of services to help Seniors and their families manage the many challenges of aging. Click on the Services link above to learn more.
Aging in Place
About 90% of Seniors want to stay in their own home until they die. Sometimes this works out. Unfortunately aging in place can be unrealistic for many.
•A gradual transition from complete independence in one’s home can be less traumatic and easier than an abrupt change brought on by a hospitalization and unplanned loss of independence.
•Recognizing needs and seeking support are key.
•Making necessary adjustments to maintain independence should start before they are needed.
We can help facilitate and smooth the transitions related to aging in place; at home, wherever home may be.
What’s the Difference Between In-Home Care, Assisted Living and a Nursing Home?
Non-medical in home care helps seniors stay in their own home with assistance as needed with activities of daily living (ADLs); those that allow the senior to age in place. Activities include meal preparation, housekeeping and laundry, bathing and hygiene assistance, and help getting dressed. This is not Home Health, which deals with medical issues and rehabilitation therapy. Home care does not provide skilled nursing care or rehabilitative therapy. Home care is not usually covered by Medicare, and will have to be covered by insurance or as an out of pocket expense.
Assisted living facilities generally offer a home like setting for seniors who need some assistance with their activities of daily living. About Assisted Living shares that most senior assisted living residences have caregivers available 24 hours a day to help with personal care activities while providing about 2 hours per day (of care) for each resident. Assisted Living facilities come in a variety of shapes and sizes. They differ in details related to the number of residents, housing style, type of food service, extra amenities, and cost. Licensed facilities provide the basics of all meals, housekeeping, laundry, transportation to errands and appointments, recreational activities, and exercise and wellness programs. These facilities are generally private pay. However some Long Term Care insurance plans may assist with costs. Some facilities may participate in Medicaid waiver programs. However, there are few and they generally have long waiting lists.
Nursing homes are now commonly referred to as Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF). SNFs are licensed healthcare residences for individuals who require a higher level of medical care than can be provided in an assisted living facility. Skilled nursing staff are available to provide 24-hour medical attention. Skilled nursing facilities are commonly used for short-term rehabilitative stays. Long term care beyond rehabilitation must be medically necessary for the treatment of a serious medical condition and is largely dependent on state and federal benefit regulations. SNFs must meet strict criteria and are subject to periodic inspections to ensure that quality standards are being met and to maintain certification by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services