May is Care Management Month Posted May 1, 2012 in Our articles

May has been designated National Geriatric Care Manager Month, an opportunity to promote awareness about Care Managers and what we do in our everyday work. Did you know that many of the issues and concerns that we address in our daily work not only involve elders, but people struggling with illness, transition from one level of care to another, those with behavioral health challenges, care giving questions and general navigation of the medical maze? The best Care Managers have extensive training and experience working in the field of health care, social work, geriatrics, the disability community and the health care community. These issues have been reflected in my recent blogs.

One cannot open the newspaper or listen to editorial comments without hearing about the graying of America or the silver tsunami, the statistics are staggering. We are overloaded with information, recommendations and resources on a daily basis. Consequently, there is a proliferation of industries related to the aging population that has never existed before, placement programs, a targeted senior mover industry to name a few. Recent advancements in technology abound, such as electronic reminders for medication dispensing, remote and camera monitoring attached to refrigerators, commonly passed hallways, GPS technology, and even the use of robots are being explored in Japan as care providers. Many of the technological and support industries are superb offering a plethora of resources to those interested and able to take advantage of a broad range of services. We are blessed in many ways to benefit from such services available during this ever changing growth period.

As with any growth industry, a preponderance of opportunity has led some to promote themselves as experts in the field of aging related services and in particular, Care Management. It is most important for consumers to articulate the services they are seeking and investigate the credentials of whose offering the services, investigate their work experience, licensing, and feel comfortable that they have expertise that you and your loved ones will need. Be aware of practitioners who are not independent and may rely upon their referral source for income. Throughout the country local Area Office on Aging offer general resource information to clients and can point you toward services that you may be seeking.